November 4, 2016

No. 11 Ohio State Falls to Robert Morris, 6-2

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Nov. 4, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 11-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team suffered its first loss of the year, falling to Robert Morris, 6-2, Friday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes, now 5-1-2, and Colonials (3-3-1) will close the series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in 84 Lumber Arena in Pittsburgh.

Robert Morris 6, Ohio State 2
Ohio State scored the first goal of the game but the Colonials tied the game at 15:35 of the first and scored the only three goals of the second for a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes. RMU extended its goal run to five with a goal at 2:03 of the third but the Buckeyes answered 33 seconds later for a 5-2 game. Ohio State pulled its goalie during a power play with 4:30 left in the game and the Colonials scored a shorthanded, empty net tally for the 6-2 final. Robert Morris won the special teams battle, going 2-for-2 on the power play and stopping Ohio State on five power play chances.

Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik
On the loss
“Anytime you lose a hockey game it hurts. You have to understand that you have to prepare and be ready. Against good hockey teams, if you don’t come out and do your best you’re going to get beat. I think that’s exactly what happened tonight.”

On the game tomorrow
“We have to have a quick turnaround. We have to get on a bus there and obviously play a team that should be very confident against us. They played well tonight and now they’re going home. You find out your true character when you have adversity. Obviously things aren’t going to go well all the time and you’re going to have bumps in the road. Now we’ll find out about our character. I believe in the guys in our locker room and I believe in our leadership. One loss isn’t the season but we certainly need to learn from it and get better.”

Quoting Buckeye senior forward Nick Schilkey
On his overall takeaway from the game
“They are a good team. We had a lot of chances and could have capitalized on a few of those. They capitalized on their chances, and that was the difference tonight. But we will be better, we have to have a short memory and come back tomorrow just ready to go.”

On the issue of capitalizing on power plays
“We tried to force a couple plays, maybe from the goal line or something. Those are plays that you are looking for, but if something’s not there, you can’t force it. There were a couple of bouncing pucks, but we got some good chances too and they aren’t going to go in every night but hopefully we’ll come back tomorrow and pop a couple of those in.”

OSU 1, RMU 1, After 1
The Buckeyes opened the scoring at 3:14. Freshman leading scorer Tanner Laczynski started the rush up ice, passing to classmate Gordi Myer. He found junior Matthew Weis in the slot and he converted for his fifth goal of the season. Laczynski has a team-high nine assists and 12 points this year, while Weis is second with 11 points. At 15:35 RMU’s Alex Tonge tied the game at one.

The teams combined for 26 shots in the period, with Ohio State ahead, 15-11.

Matthew Weis put the Buckeyes on the board with his fifth goal of the year. https://t.co/4yYMA0dFLy #GoBucks

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) November 4, 2016

Colonials Control the Second
Robert Morris scored the only three goals of the second period and outshot the Buckeyes 11-9. John Rey put RMU ahead with a power play goal at 2:18 and Tonge notched his second of the night at 11:07. Sean Dorowicz converted on the power play at 13:39. Robert Morris led 4-1 after 40 minutes.

In the Third
Ohio State started the third period with 1:53 of power play time but was unable to convert. Shortly after the power play ended RMU’s Brady Ferguson scored on a backhand at 2:03 to put the Colonials ahead 5-1. Buckeye senior David Gust answered 33 seconds later, scoring from a sharp angle on assists from sophomores Dakota Joshua and John Wiitala.

The Buckeyes went on the power play at 15:30 and pulled their goalie for the extra attacker. The Colonials scored on the chance, as Eric Israel tallied a shorthanded, empty net goal at 17:10. It was the first shorthanded goal (and empty net goal) allowed by the Buckeyes this season.

Shots were 13-9 in favor of Ohio State in the period.

Blocking the Puck
Buckeye senior goalie Matt Tomkins, starting his sixth consecutive game and playing in a seventh straight, made 19 saves and allowed five goals while playing 41:55. Senior Logan Davis replaced Tomkins in the third and stopped all six shots he faced in 16:17.

The Buckeyes outshot Robert Morris, 37-31, in the game.

Ohio State blocked nine Robert Morris shots, led by sophomores Tommy Parran and Mason Jobst with two each.

Special Teams
Ohio State, which came into the game converting 25 percent of its power play chances, was 0-for-5 against Robert Morris despite putting 12 shots on net with the man advantage.

The Colonials scored on both of their opportunities. Ohio State has allowed a power play goal in all but one game this season.

In VCA
Ohio State was playing just its second home game in the first eight games of the year. The team will close its final home games of the first half of the season next weekend when it hosts UConn at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 and 4 p.m. Nov. 12 in Value City Arena. The series marks Military and Veterans Appreciation.