Sept. 30, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 19 Ohio State men’s hockey program lost to Ryerson, 7-4, Saturday in Value City Arena in an exhibition game to open the 2017-18 campaign.
The regular season starts next weekend, with the Buckeyes traveling to No. 12 Wisconsin for a Big Ten series. The teams will meet at 8 p.m. ET Friday and 6 p.m. ET Saturday in the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. Ohio State opens its home slate the next week, taking on RPI at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 and 4 pm. Oct. 14 in Value City Arena.
Against Ryerson, the Buckeyes scored the first two goals of the game, with defensemen Janik Moser and Gordi Myer tallying in the first period. Moser converted a drop pass from Mason Jobst at 3:23 and Myer scored on his own rebound at 13:19, with Brendon Kearney and Austin Pooley starting the play up the ice. At 14:07 Aaron Armstrong scored for the Rams, but 1:10 later a puck deflected off Tanner Laczynski’s skate and into the Ryerson goal for a 3-1 Buckeye lead. Shots were 16-8 in the first period in favor of the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes’ Freddy Gerard completed a 2-on-1 with Matthew Weis, at 5:01 of the second period for a 4-1 Ohio State lead. Kearney also assisted on the tally. The Rams drew within one on goals at 13:39 and 14:05 of the period. The Rams outshot the Buckeyes 11-10 in the second period.
The Rams scored on the power play at 16:27 of the third to tie the game at four and went ahead 5-4 with a goal at 17:18, adding another goal at 18:10. Ryerson sealed the win with an empty net goal with 35 seconds left in regulation. The Rams had 14 shots in the period, with the Buckeyes putting four on net.
For the game, the Buckeyes were outshot 33-30. Sean Romeo played 58:57 for the Buckeyes and had 26 saves. Taylor Dupuis also had 26 saves in 59:43 for Ryerson.
The Buckeyes were scoreless on four power play chances and Ryerson was 1-for-3.