February 17, 2018

No. 6 Ohio State Ties No. 10/9 Minnesota, Wins Shootout

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Feb. 17, 2018

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Behind 34 saves from goalie Sean Romeo, the No. 6-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team skated to a 1-1 overtime tie at No. 10/9 Minnesota Saturday in 3M Arena at Mariucci. The game went to a shootout for an extra point in the Big Ten standings, with Ohio State winning the shootout, 2-1 in eight rounds.

The Buckeyes are now 19-8-5 overall and 12-8-2-1 in the Big Ten, while the Gophers move to 19-13-2 and 10-10-2-1 in league play. Ohio State was 2-1-1 vs. Minnesota during the regular season. Ohio State closed out its regular season road schedule with the series against the Gophers.

Up Next
Ohio State will wrap up the regular season with two games vs. Wisconsin next weekend in Columbus. The teams will meet at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena. Script Ohio on Ice will be performed at the first intermission of game one. Saturday is Senior Night and First Responders Appreciation.

The B1G Picture
By gaining two points with the tie and shootout win, Ohio State secured the No. 2 seed for the Big Ten Tournament. The squad will host Michigan State, the No. 7 seed, in a best-of-three series March 2-4 in Value City Arena, with puck drop at 7 p.m. each night.

The two #B1GHockey points earned by the Buckeyes tonight clinched the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament!

Ohio State will host No. 7 seed Michigan State in a best-of-three quarterfinal series March 2-4 in @TheSchott. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/GLvEImaov1

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) February 18, 2018

The series winner advances to the tournament semifinals. Should Ohio State win, it would host a semifinal March 10 in Nationwide Arena. Notre Dame, the No. 1 seed, has a first round bye and will host the other semifinal. The highest remaining seed after the semifinals will host the championship game March 17.

Ohio State 1, Minnesota 1 OT (OSU shootout win) – The Short Story
The teams were scoreless for 39:26 before Buckeye junior Mason Jobst opened the scoring with a goal late in the second period. Minnesota tied the game midway through the third and neither team was able to score through the rest of regulation and a five-minute overtime. Buckeye goalie Sean Romeo had 34 saves in all 65 minutes. The Buckeye penalty kill was 3-for-3 in the game, including a 5-on-3 stop for more than a minute.

Each team earned one point in the Big Ten standings at the conclusion of overtime. In the shootout, Tanner Laczynski and Gordi Myer scored for the Buckeyes and Sean Romeo allowed one goal on eight shots, making a save following Myer’s goal to open round eight to secure the shootout win.

Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik
“This was a good college hockey game. We played a more complete game than we did last night, start to finish. I’m disappointed we weren’t able to hang on for the win, but it’s nice to get the extra point.”

Quoting Buckeye sophomore defenseman Gordi Myer
“Tonight was a good win on the road in a tough environment. The penalty kill got the job done and Romeo stood on his head like he has all year. We are looking to take this momentum into Wisconsin next weekend. They are a good team so we need to get back after it this week in practice.”

Quoting Buckeye junior goalie Sean Romeo
“The team played great. We knew we were going to need everyone tonight and the boys really came to battle. It’s always hard to win in college hockey. This was a big win for our team and we need to keep that rolling into next weekend.”

Buckeye junior goalie Sean Romeo had 34 saves on 35 shots in regulation/OT and then allowed just one goal in eight shootout rounds vs Minnesota.

On the year, he has a 2.06 gaa and .927 sv%, ranking in the Top 10 in the NCAA. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/ac1ThYLmWZ

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) February 18, 2018

In the First Period
The teams were scoreless through the first 20 minutes. Ohio State had the advantage in shots on goal, putting seven of the final nine on net and leading, 10-8.

In the Second Period
The Buckeyes opened the scoring in the final minute of the period. Mason Jobst carried off the halfwall and put a shot from the high slot over the goalie’s shoulder. Freddy Gerard assisted on the goal, which came at 19:26 of the period. Jobst has a team-high 14 goals this season.

Captain Mason Jobst scored his team-best 14th goal of the year today vs. the Gophers. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/h1BNQAieFs

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) February 18, 2018

The Buckeyes killed three penalties in the period, including 1:08 of a 5-on-3 chance for the Gophers. Ohio State had two power play chances in the stanza.

In the Third Period and OT
The teams combined for 25 shots in the third period. Buckeye goalie Sean Romeo made 12 saves, while the Gopher goalie had 13 stops. There were no penalties called in the period.

The goalies were again called on in the five-minute overtime. Romeo had three stops, with Mat Robson of Minnesota making two saves.

Ohio State is 1-0-5 in overtime this season.

In the Shootout
The first four shooters did not score in the three-round shootout, with Ohio State shooting first. Tanner Laczynski converted in the third round, with Tyler Sheehy answering to force an extra round. The next four shooters from each team were unable to score. In round eight, Buckeye sophomore defenseman Gordi Myer put the Buckeyes ahead and goalie Sean Romeo made a save on Tommy Novak for the shootout win.

It was the first shootout win for the Buckeyes since Jan. 20, 2017 at Penn State.

After the tie/shootout win at Minnesota:
⚫️ Game puck to Sean Romeo
🎩 Hard hat to Gordi Myer pic.twitter.com/EhpH2M9bae

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) February 18, 2018

Blocking the Puck
One night after getting just 22 shots on net, the Buckeyes put 39 on goal vs. the Gophers. Minnesota had 35 shots in the game. Junior Sean Romeo made 34 saves in all 65 minutes for the Buckeyes. He has a 2.06 goals-against average and .927 save percentage on the year, ranking in the Top 10 in the NCAA in both categories. He allowed just three goals in the series.

Minnesota goalie Mat Robson had 28 saves in all 65 minutes.

Ohio State blocked 15 Gopher shot attempts, led by Gordi Myer, Matt Joyaux and Brendon Kearney with three each.

Special Teams
Ohio State was 3-for-3 on the penalty kill in the game. The squad leads the NCAA on the penalty kill, stopping 107-of-118 (.907) of their opponents’ chances.

The Buckeyes were scoreless on two power play chances, just the third time in 13 games the team did not convert with the man advantage. On the year, the squad is 29-for-129 (.225), ranking in the Top 15 in the NCAA.

Go Bucks!

FINAL: No. 6 Ohio State 1, No. 10/9 Minnesota 1 OT.
SHOOTOUT: Buckeyes win 2-1 in 8 rounds for extra B1G point#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/rgKsSHc9Vg

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) February 18, 2018