November 11, 2016

No. 14 Buckeyes Post 7-4 Win over UConn

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Nov. 11, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 14-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team scored the game’s final five goals to down UConn, 7-4, Friday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes improve to 6-1-3 on the year, while the Huskies are now 3-3-4. The teams will close the series at 4 p.m. Saturday in Columbus.

Ohio State 7, UConn 4
The Buckeyes led 2-1 after the first period on goals from Josh Healey shorthanded and David Gust, but UConn scored twice in the first 5:15 of the second to go ahead 3-2 and then added a goal at 13:23 for a 4-2 advantage.

Ohio State went on to score the next five goals to come from behind for the win. The Buckeyes answered the fourth UConn goal less than a minute later to draw within one on a Gust tally, tied the game 19 seconds after that on Mason Jobst’s goal and took the lead just over a minute later on a tally by Nick Schilkey. Ohio State held a 5-4 lead through 40 minutes. In the third, the Buckeyes scored twice in the final five minutes, with a power play tally by Gust to complete his hat trick and a Luke Stork empty net goal.

In the Win …
• Senior David Gust notched his first career hat trick (the Buckeyes’ second of the year).
• Senior Nick Schilkey picked up his 100th career point with an assist in the first period and added a goal and another assist for a three-point night. He has 102 points as a Buckeye, with 51 goals and 51 assists.
• Junior Matthew Weis had a three-assist outing, his second of the season.
• Freshman Tanner Laczynski had two helpers for his fifth multiple-point game.
• Senior Josh Healey had a goal and an assist for his fourth two-point night in the last six games.
• Sophomore John Wiitala extended his point streak to seven with an assist.
• The Buckeyes scored five or more goals for the fifth time in the last seven games. The team is first in the NCAA with 4.70 goals per game.

Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik
On Ohio State’s win over UConn
“I am just very proud of our guys. I really challenged them – in the second period we could have gone one direction or the other. But I told them were going to empty our tanks and go on a roll and we found a way to win a hockey game.”

On Nick Schilkey’s 100th career point
“People just see him as the hockey player but to me it’s a lot deeper than that. He’s a 4.0 student, he’s a captain, he carries himself the right way, he works hard. As a coach, those are the guys you want in your program. That’s called culture and he leads the way.”

Quoting Ohio State senior forward Nick Schilkey
On importance of win after previous week
“Last week we didn’t prepare as well as we could have as a team. We answered the bell this week in practice, felt great coming into the weekend, and we faced adversity in the game tonight too. They came and scored a couple big goals, but again we bounced back, and it just showed the depth of this team. There’s no quit, and we stick together”

Quoting Ohio State senior forward David Gust
On what caused the comeback after a deficit mid-game
“We had a media time-out when they popped those two quick goals. I think the game calmed down, Coach got us to wake up, and that’s what helped us out in the end.”

In the First …
The Buckeyes scored the game’s first goal for the ninth time in 10 games. Senior defenseman Josh Healey put Ohio State on the board at 9:37 with a shorthanded tally, the first of his career and the team’s first this season. After a rush with sophomore John Wiitala, Healey was there to slide a loose puck under the UConn goalie.

At 16:31 the Buckeyes were called for two penalties, giving UConn a 5-on-3 power play for two minutes. An early goal by the Huskies during the chance was overturned because of contact with the goaltender, but UConn’s Tage Thompson converted at 18:04 to tie the game at one.

Just 48 seconds later senior David Gust put the Buckeyes back ahead, taking a pass from classmate Nick Schilkey (his 100th career point) and scoring on the rush. Healey had the second assist on the goal, which came at 18:52.

Shots were 15-11 in favor of Ohio State in the period.

In the Second …
UConn scored at 3:54 of the second period to tie the game and then went ahead 3-2 with a power play goal at 5:15. Brian Morgan scored for the Huskies at 13:23 to extend the lead to two (4-2).

Ohio State answered just 45 seconds later, as Gust scored, off passes from junior Matthew Weis and sophomore Sasha Larocque. Sophomore Mason Jobst scored 19 seconds later to tie the game at four, scoring on the rush, set up by freshman Tanner Laczynski and Schilkey. Schilkey scored a goal of his own at 15:42 with the Buckeyes on the power play, putting the puck top shelf, for a 5-4 Buckeye lead. Weis and Laczynski assisted on the goal, Schilkey’s ninth of the year.

Ohio State had 17 shots on goal in the period, with UConn putting nine on net.

In the Third …
Neither team scored in the third until Gust completed his hat trick at 16:55. With the Buckeyes on the power play, sophomore Dakota Joshua passed to Janik Moser, who found Gust at the far faceoff circle for the one-timer. With 11 seconds left and UConn skating with its net empty, junior Luke Stork picked up the puck by the Buckeye blue line and was able to wait until his defender got out of position before scoring into the empty net. Matthew Weis assisted on the goal, Stork’s third of the year.

The teams combined for just 11 shots in the period, with Ohio State ahead 6-5.

Blocking the Puck
Ohio State outshot UConn, 38-25, in the game.

Buckeye senior goalie Christian Frey returned from injury to make his first start since Oct. 8. He had 21 saves in all 60 minutes. UConn goalie Adam Huska had 31 stops in 58:49.

Ohio State blocked 16 shots in the win, with five Buckeyes blocking two each.

Special Teams
Both teams were 2-for-6 on the power play in the game. Ohio State is 11-for-49 (.224) on the year.