November 26, 2017

No. 15 Buckeyes Complete Sweep at No. 17 Michigan with 5-1 Victory

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Nov. 26, 2017

Box Score

ANN ARBOR, Mich.– The No. 15-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team posted a second straight win at No. 15 Michigan to sweep the Big Ten Conference series in Yost Ice Arena. After a 3-2 win Friday, the Buckeyes skated to a 5-1 win Saturday. Ohio State is now 8-3-3 on the year and 3-3-0-0 in Big Ten play. Michigan is 6-6-2 and 2-4-2-1 in league action.

Up Next
The Buckeyes close the first half of the season with two consecutive Big Ten home series in Value City Arena. Ohio State will take on Penn State at 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday. The next weekend, the Buckeyes will host Minnesota at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and at 8 p.m. Dec. 9.

Ohio State 5, Michigan 1 – The Short Story
Buckeye senior Christian Lampasso scored the only goal in the first period. The Wolverines tied the game at 7:49 of the second, but Buckeye junior Tanner Laczynski answered less than a minute later to put the Buckeyes back ahead. Mason Jobst scored a late power play goal in the second for a 3-1 Buckeye lead after 40 minutes. Early in the third, the Buckeyes killed an extended 5-on-3 power play to maintain their two goal edge. Matthew Weis tallied at 10:28 for a 4-1 lead and Lampasso notched his second of the game with one second left with the Buckeyes on the power play for the 5-1 final. Sean Romeo had 34 saves for the Buckeyes. Ohio State 2-for-4 on the power play in the game, with the penalty kill 3-for-3.

Buckeyes win! #sweep

FINAL: No. 15 Ohio State 5, No. 17 UM 1#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/tCmemaoNKR

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) November 26, 2017

Quoting Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik
“This was a good team win. The penalty kill in the third period really helped turn secure the game for us. Our attention to detail was great. We will look to build off this weekend as we prepare for Penn State.”

Quoting Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo
“It’s always hard to win a game in college hockey. Our team really battled this weekend and did all of the little things right. It was definitely a great team weekend. We are going to enjoy it tonight. We will hit the reset button when we get back and start getting ready for Penn State.”

Quoting Ohio State sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski
“Obviously when you sweep on the weekend it’s a huge deal, especially in Big Ten play. But to go into Michigan, a place where it is extremely hard to play, and come up with two big wins is awesome. I’m proud of our team and the way we played this weekend. This is a huge first step for us to go into next weekend against Penn State.”

In the First
The lone goal of the first was scored by Christian Lampasso at 5:52. Brendon Kearney took a pass from Matthew Joyaux in the Buckeye zone. He got past a Wolverine and passed to Lampasso, who scored on a wrist shot on the fly. Ohio State had the advantage in shots in the period, 12-7, after UM put the first three on net. Each team had one power play chance in the stanza.

In the Second
Michigan tied the game at one 7:49 into the second period when Joseph Cecconi scored on the rush. Just 49 seconds later the Buckeyes moved back ahead. Matthew Weis won the battle along the back wall and found Tanner Laczynski in front for his fifth goal of the year. Mason Jobst gave the Buckeyes a two-goal cushion, one-timing a pass from Weis with two seconds left on the power play at 18:17. Laczynski had the second assist on the tally, Jobst’s team-best seventh of the year.

Weis set up Laczynski for his fifth goal of the year 49 seconds after UM tied the game in the second period. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/5aiZC6GjBS

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) November 26, 2017

Ohio State put 16 shots on the Wolverine net, while Michigan had seven shots on goal in the period. The Buckeyes were 1-for-2 on the power play and UM did not have an opportunity.

Jobst put the Buckeyes up 3-1 with 1:43 left in the second with his team-best 7th goal of the year. Weis and Laczynski assisted on the PPG. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/svYedqgI8k

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) November 26, 2017

In the Third
Despite being outshot 21-7, Ohio State outscored Michigan 2-0 in the third to close out the win. Early in the period, the Buckeye penalty killing unit stopped a Wolverine 5-on-3 chance for 1:27 (including seven saves by goalie Sean Romeo) to maintain the two-goal lead.

With the teams skating 4-on-4, Matthew Weis scored after his own faceoff win at 10:28 for a 4-1 lead, with Tanner Laczynski picking up an assist. With time winding down and the Buckeyes on a power play that started with 38 seconds remaining, Sasha Larocque passed to Sam McCormick. He skated up the left side and passed to Christian Lampasso driving the net, who scored with .8 left in regulation.

🚨McCormick set up Lampasso’s second goal of the night – scored on the power play with .8 left in regulation. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/AMvUDxyL6u

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) November 26, 2017

Blocking the Puck
Each team put 35 shots on net. Buckeye Sean Romeo played 59:59 and allowed one goal (or less) for the seventh time this season. He is in the Top 10 nationally with a 1.69 goals-against average and allowed three total goals in the sweep of the Wolverines. UM goalie Jack LaFontaine made 30 saves in 59:58.

Ohio State blocked 14 Michigan shot attempts. Janik Moser led the Buckeyes with three. Michigan had 17 shot blocks in the game.

As a team, Ohio State is holding opponents to 1.93 goals a game on the year, ranking among the Top 5 nationally in team defense.

Special Teams
The Buckeyes were 2-for-4 on the power play in the win and ended the weekend 3-for-7. In the last five games, Ohio State has converted 6-of-19 chances (.316).

The penalty kill was 3-for-3 in the win and 5-for-5 in the series. The squad is 47-for-51 (.922) this year, ranking in the Top 3 nationally.

Noting the Buckeyes
Christian Lampasso had the first two-goal game of his Buckeye career. He has a career-high four goals this season.
• Laczynski leads Ohio State with five assists and 17 points, with 17 points coming in his last 10 games. His tally was his second gamewinner this season and his fifth gamewinning point.
• Jobst leads the Buckeyes with seven goals and now has 98 points in his career with the Scarlet and Gray. He is tied for third nationally with five power play goals.
• Weis has a 5-7-12 line this season. He notched his third three-point game of the year and moved his career total to 97 points.
• Ohio State is 7-1-1 on the road this season, leading the NCAA in road victories.