January 13, 2017

No. 10 Buckeyes Skate to 6-1 Win over Arizona State

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Jan. 13, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – On the strength of four first period goals and 35 saves from Christian Frey, the No. 10-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team downed Arizona State, 6-1, Friday in Value City Arena. Twelve Buckeyes had a point in the nonconference win, led by seniors David Gust, who had a goal and two assists for three points, and Nick Schilkey, who scored two goals.

The Buckeyes, 11-4-4 on the year, and Sun Devils (7-17-1) will close the weekend series at 2 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.

Ohio State 6, Arizona State 1
The Buckeyes scored four times in a 5:05 span in the first period, including back-to-back power play goals less than a minutes apart, for a 4-0 lead after 20 minutes. The Sun Devils got on the scoreboard with a power play goal in the second, but the Buckeyes answered with one of their own later in the period to carry a 5-1 advantage into the third. The final goal came late in the third. Arizona State outshot Ohio State, 36-33, with Christian Frey stopping 35 shots in the Buckeye net. The Buckeye power play was 3-for-5, scoring on its first three chances, and the penalty kill was 4-for-5.

David Gust, sophomore Mason Jobst and redshirt junior Matt Joyaux each had two assists in the win, with Gust adding a goal for a team-best three points. Nick Schilkey had two goals for the second consecutive game.

Quoting Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik
On Christian Frey’s 35 saves
“He was our best player. He makes everyone on the ice look better when he’s back there making stops like he was. But when you give up that many chances and that many uneven rushes it’s nice to have a guy back there like him. We don’t need to put him on the spot like we did tonight though.”

On Ohio State’s performance in the second and third periods
“We didn’t play well. They played harder than us. Their coach challenged their team and we took four or five penalties in the second period. We have to be more consistent. We gave up way too many shots and way too many opportunities. So that part is a little disappointing.”

Quoting Ohio State senior captain Nick Schilkey
On playing Arizona State for the first time
“It’s a matter of going out and playing our game and focusing on what we do well. We learned a lot about them tonight. We knew they were going to come hard. It was good for us to get out and play downhill and the rest of the game we have to continue to play that way.”

Quoting Ohio State senior David Gust
On Ohio State’s power play success
“Going out there you have to have the mindset that you are going to score goals. If you have that mindset and move the puck around, good stuff will happen.”

In the First …
The Buckeyes appeared to open the scoring 4:16 into the game, but the goal was overturned after video review showed contact with the goalie. Just 42 seconds late David Gust found the back of the net to put the Buckeyes ahead, scoring from a sharp angle. Junior Luke Stork and freshman Tanner Laczynski had the assists on the goal, Gust’s 12th this season.

Just eight seconds into a 5-on-3 power play Nick Schilkey shot through a screen for a 2-0 Buckeye lead at 6:59, assisted by Matt Joyaux and Mason Jobst. The power play advantage continued and sophomore Miguel Fidler tallied at 7:52, pulling the puck to the front of the net. Gust and Joyaux assisted on the tally. At 10:03 junior Kevin Miller had a shot sneak through high, with John Wiitala getting the puck up to Miller.

Ohio State outshot Arizona State, 17-6, in the period and had the only two power plays.

In the Second …
Each team scored once in the second. At 8:28 Brinson Pasichnuk scored from near the blue line with the Sun Devils on the power play. The Buckeyes notched their third power play goal at 15:51, as David Gust found Nick Schilkey in the high slot and he scored. Mason Jobst also assisted on the goal.

Arizona State carried play much of the period, outshooting the Buckeyes, 17-8. Ohio State faced four power play chances, with a fifth carrying into the third.

In the Third …
The only goal of the third came at 16:26, when freshman Ronnie Hein threw the puck toward the net and it went in, assisted by sophomore Freddy Gerard and freshman Gordi Myer.

Arizona State had 12 shots on goal in the period, with the Buckeyes putting nine on net. Ohio State had two power play chances.

Blocking the Puck
The Buckeyes were outshot by Arizona State, 36-33. Christian Frey had 35 saves on 36 shots in 59:48 for the Buckeyes to pick up the win. It was his third straight game with 35 or more saves. He now has a 2.70 goals-against average and .916 save percentage.

Arizona State starter Ryland Pashovitz made seven saves, allowing three goals, in 7:52. Joey Daccord had 20 stops in 52 minutes, allowing three goals.

As a team, the Buckeyes blocked 20 shots. Sophomore Tommy Parran had a team-high four, with senior Drew Brevig blocking three.

Special Teams
The Buckeyes were 3-for-5 on the power play, their second 3-for-5 game this season (Oct. 21 at Bowling Green). The squad is now 22-for-82 (.268) this season, ranking in the Top 3 nationally. Schilkey has a team-high nine power play goals, ranking second in the NCAA. The Buckeye penalty kill was 4-for-5 vs. the Sun Devils.

Buckeye This and That
Nick Schilkey leads the Big Ten with 17 goals, ranking second in the NCAA with .89 a game. He has two points in four of the last five games, including back-to-back two-goal games. Schilkey leads the Buckeyes with 25 points this year.
• Ohio State is averaging 4.32 goals a game to rank second nationally. It was the team’s seventh game with five or more goals this season.
Mason Jobst has 11 points in his last five games combined, with three goals and eight assists. He and Tanner Laczynski are tied for first on the team in assists (17) and tied for second with 23 points each.
David Gust has a career-high 12 goals, topping the 11 he had a season ago. It was his second three-point game this season. He is fourth on the team with 20 points.
Matt Joyaux had his second two-assist game as a Buckeye and first since Oct. 21 at Bowling Green.
• The Buckeyes had more than 30 shots on goal for just the second time in the last eight games.