November 18, 2016

No. 14/13 Buckeyes Shut Out Rensselaer, 4-0

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Nov. 18, 2016

Box Score

TROY, N.Y. – Behind 28 saves from Matt Tomkins, two goals from Nick Schilkey and a 5-for-5 performance on the penalty kill, the No. 14/13-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team shut out Rensselaer, 4-0, Friday in Houston Field House in Troy, N.Y. The Buckeyes, now 7-1-4 on the year, and Engineers will close the series at 7 p.m. Saturday in New York.

Ohio State 4, Rensselaer 0
Ohio State opened the scoring late in the first on a goal by Dakota Joshua and Nick Schilkey scored on a 5-on-3 power play in the second for a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes. Schilkey extended the lead to 3-0 less than eight minutes into the third and Tanner Laczynski sealed the win with an empty net goal. Matt Tomkins stopped all 28 shots he faced and backstopped the Buckeyes’ 5-for-5 night on the penalty kill, including an extended 5-on-3 early in the third when it was a two-goal game. Drew Brevig had eight of the Buckeyes’ 13 blocked shots in the win.

Quoting Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik
“Any time you can go on the road and are able to win it’s a positive. The penalty came up big when we needed it most. We were opportunistic to say the least; we scored on the chances we had. We played good enough to win, but we have to be better tomorrow.”

Quoting Ohio State senior goalie Matt Tomkins
“It was a great win for us tonight on the road. I thought we played really sound defensively all night and we were especially strong on the penalty kill. The guys made my job easy tonight, sacrificing their bodies to block shots and keep them off the scoreboard. It’s always great to get a win on the road and we’re excited for the opportunity to build off it tomorrow night.”

Quoting Ohio State senior forward Nick Schilkey
“It was a good win for our team. We know we didn’t play our best game and Tomkins made some huge saves for us throughout the game to keep us on top. Our penalty kill came up big for us and that was definitely a positive. We know RPI will come back even harder tomorrow and we are going to have to match that intensity.”

In the First …
The first goal of the game came with just 1:02 left in the stanza when Dakota Joshua notched his second of the year. Sophomore Miguel Fidler took a pass from Drew Brevig and carried the puck up the ice. The puck ended up going through the crease with Fidler crashing the net and Joshua was at the right post to knock it home.

Shots were 13-8 in favor of Ohio State in the period. Ohio State stopped two early Engineer power play chances and had one opportunity of its own.

In the Second …
The lone goal in the second came at 7:15. With Ohio State on an extended 5-on-3 chance, junior Matthew Weis passed out from behind the net to Nick Schilkey in the faceoff circle and his one-timer found the back of the net for his 11th goal of the year. The assist was Weis’ 11th of the season.

RPI had a 10-7 advantage in shots in the stanza and was 0-for-1 on the power play. Ohio State was 1-for-2 with the man advantage.

In the Third …
Just 2:23 into the third period Ohio State was called for a penalty, with a second called 36 seconds later, giving RPI a 5-on-3 for 1:24. The Ohio State penalty kill was able to hold the Engineers to just one shot on goal during the combined power plays, preserving the Buckeyes’ two-goal advantage.

At 7:57 Nick Schlikey scored off a loose puck in the slot, assisted by sophomore Mason Jobst and freshman Tanner Laczynski, extending the Buckeye lead to three. RPI pulled its goalie with two minutes remaining for the extra attacker. With 16 seconds left, Laczynski won the puck near the RPI blueline and scored into the empty net for a 4-0 advantage.

The Engineers outshot the Buckeyes, 10-8, in the period and RPI had the only two power play chances.

Blocking the Puck
Each team had 28 shots in the game.

Senior Matt Tomkins played all 60 minutes for the Buckeyes, stopping all 28 shots for his third career shutout and his first (and the team’s first) this season. He now has a 2.32 goals-against average and .913 save percentage on the year.

Ohio State blocked 13 shots in the win, led by senior Drew Brevig, who blocked a team high eight to match his personal best (first set Nov. 28, 2015 at Omaha). Brevig was also a team-best +3 in the game.

Special Teams
Ohio State won the special teams battle with the Engineers. The Buckeyes were 1-for-3 on the power play and are now 13-for-56 (.232) on the year, ranking 10th in the NCAA. The Buckeye penalty kill was 5-for-5.

On the Scoresheet
Nick Schilkey leads the Big Ten with 12 goals, ranking in the Top 5 nationally in goals per game (1.00). He has a team-best 17 points this season to rank second in the league. It was his third multiple-point game of the year and he has four goals, three assists and seven points in his last three games combined, with a +6 ranking.
• Ohio State scored at least four goals for the seventh time this season. The squad is tied for first in the NCAA with 4.5 goals per game.
Tanner Laczynski has 16 points this season after picking up a goal and an assist. It was his sixth two-point game this year and he is first on the squad with 12 helpers.
Matthew Weis is tied with Laczynski for second on the team with 16 points.
• The Buckeyes have scored first in all but two games this season.
• Ohio State has outscored opponents 40-16 at even strength this year.