February 2, 2018

No. 5/6 Ohio State Posts 4-2 Win over Michigan State

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Feb. 2, 2018

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Behind two goals from Dakota Joshua and 25 saves from Sean Romeo, the No. 5/6 Ohio State men’s hockey team defeated Michigan State, 4-2, Friday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes, 10-1 in their last 11 games, improve to 18-5-4 overall and are in second place in the Big Ten with an 11-5-1-0 record.

The Buckeyes, who have won their last seven home games, and Spartans will close weekend and regular season series at 7 p.m. Saturday in Columbus. The game is the annual Teddy Bear Toss. Fans are encouraged to bring a new stuff animal (wrapped in plastic) to throw on the ice during the first intermission. All stuffed animals collected will be delivered to Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio.

Ohio State 4, Michigan State 2 – The Short Story
Ohio State scored two goals in the first 6:12 of the game – by Ronnie Hein (on the power play) and Freddy Gerard and led 2-0 after 20 minutes. Michigan State drew within one with the only goal of the second period. Buckeye Dakota Joshua extended the lead to 3-1 at 6:49 of the third. The Spartans scored on the power play to again make it a one-goal game (at 12:21), but Ohio State held them off the rest of the way, with Joshua scoring an empty net, power play goal at 19:19 to seal the win.

In the First Period
The Buckeyes scored two early goals and carried a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. At 4:06 Ronnie Hein converted on the power play, taking a pass from Mason Jobst and scoring far side. At 6:12 Freddy Gerard tallied from the right wing, set up by Matthew Weis. Wyatt Ege had the second assist on both goals, his first two-point game as a Buckeye.

Shots were 7-5 Michigan State in the period, with Sean Romeo making multiple stops in the final seconds of the stanza.

In the Second Period
The Spartans notched the only goal of the second period when Logan Lambdin tallied at 11:39, making it a one-goal game. Michigan State put seven shots on goal in the period, with Ohio State putting six on net.

In the Third Period
Michigan State had the early momentum in the third period, but at 6:49 Dakota Joshua drove the net and scored for a 3-1 Ohio State lead. The Spartans drew within one on a power play goal at 12:21 from Zach Osbourn at the point. A late Spartan penalty put the Buckeyes on the power play. Michigan State pulled its goalie to make it a 5-on-5 matchup. The Buckeyes won the puck battle in their zone and Tanner Laczynski passed up to Matthew Weis, who carried into the Spartan zone. He found Joshua down the middle and he tallied into the empty net for a 4-2 lead and second Buckeye power play goal of the night.

Michigan State outshot the Buckeyes, 13-10, in the third period.

Blocking the Puck
Ohio State was outshot, 27-21, in the contest. Sean Romeo played 59:55 for the Buckeyes and had 25 saves to improve to 15-5-4 on the year. He is in the Top 7 in the NCAA in goals-against average (1.99) and save percentage (.927).

John Lethemon had 17 saves in 59:08 for Michigan State.

Matthew Weis led the Buckeyes with three blocked shots. Michigan State had 14 shot blocks.

Special Teams
Ohio State converted 2-for-4 power play chances and is now 24-for-110 (.218) on the year. In the last eight games, the squad has two power play goals in six of the eight games, going 13-for-34 (.382) over the stretch.

The penalty kill allowed one goal on two chances, just the 10th power play goal given up by the Buckeyes this season. The squad is 10-for-100, leading the NCAA at 90 percent.

Jersey Auction
The series vs. Michigan State is the Buckeyes’ Military Appreciation series, with the squad wearing jerseys featuring the five branches of the United States military. The jerseys are currently being auctioned, with proceeds benefiting United Heroes League.

The auction runs through 8 p.m. Feb. 28. For more information, or to bid, visit go.osu.edu/MHKYAuction18.

Noting the Buckeyes
• Tanner Laczynski and Matthew Weis both extended their point streaks to 11 games in the win.
• Weis had two assists (his ninth multiple-point game of the year) and has a 3-14-17 line in the stretch. He has eight goals and 22 assists for 30 points this season.
• Laczynski had an assist and now has 37 points on the year, with 25 assists and 12 goals. He is eighth nationally with 1.37 points per game and is tied for fifth in the NCAA in points, two off the NCAA lead. During his point streak, he has a 6-11-17 line.
• Dakota Joshua had his second two-goal game of the year, with both vs. Michigan State. He now has 10 tallies this season.
• Freddy Gerard notched his 10th goal of the year in the first period. He has five points goals in his last four games combined.
• Mason Jobst is on a four-game point streak, with four goals and two assists for six points in the stretch. He has a 13-14-27 line this year. The game vs. Michigan State was the 100th of his Buckeye career.

Postgame Quotes
Steve Rohlik, Ohio State Head Coach
On the physicality of tonight’s game
“Again, you have to give credit to Michigan State. You’re playing a team that works extremely hard, they’re skilled and they brought it and it was kind of the way the game was going there for a while. We just want to stay with our structure and stay disciplined. At the end of the day, if that’s the way the game is going to go, we certainly will play that way, but I thought the game was dictated that way for a while.”

On tonight’s win
“Any time you win at this level, it’s a good night and especially against quality hockey teams. Our guys did the right things in the end and we did enough to win tonight. We certainly have to be a lot better tomorrow. I give a lot of credit to Michigan State and how they played.”

On feelings going into tomorrow’s matchup
“First of all, I’m looking forward to going back and watching the game as a staff trying to look at things that we can do to make ourselves better, I think that’s No. 1 as a team. We’re looking at tomorrow as a chance to get better as a team, come back and compete against a good hockey team and if we play our best hockey, it’s going to give us a chance to win.”

Sean Romeo, redshirt junior goalie
On the defensive play of the Buckeyes
“They’ve done a great job all year. They just did what they’ve been doing. They let me have the first shot and pushed everyone to the outside, let me see everything to make my night easier.”

Dakota Joshua, junior forward
On how his size affects his play
“Obviously it’s always good to be able to use my body. I feel like I have a little bit of an advantage over most people. The physical play doesn’t bother me. I like to think I can play any type of hockey.”