February 21, 2018

Senior Salute – Class of 2018

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Feb. 21, 2018

The six members of the Ohio State men’s hockey Class of 2018 will be recognized before Saturday’s game for the team’s annual Senior Night. Heading into this weekend’s series vs. Wisconsin, the seniors took a few minutes to look back on their time with the Scarlet and Gray.

The No. 6-ranked Buckeyes host the Badgers at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Be sure to be in your seats early for the pregame senior ceremony! 

Head Coach Steve Rohlik on the Class of 2018 …
“These are six guys that have truly embraced the culture of this program. I’ve had the opportunity to be around them for four years, and be in the recruiting process prior to that that. When you’ve got a group that has played as many games as these guys have and buys in to what we’re trying to do in the classroom, on the ice, off the ice – it speaks volumes for what they’ve accomplished. Wins and losses are part of hockey, that speaks for itself. To me it’s their character and what these guys are going to leave as their legacy is what we want out of Ohio State hockey.”

Luke Stork, from Pittsburgh, Pa., leads the current Buckeyes in games played, with 134 entering the weekend. With the Scarlet and Gray, he has notched 44 points on 17 goals and 27 assists. An alternate captain for the squad this season as selected by his teammates, the sport industry major is an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and will earn Academic All-Big Ten honors this year.

Favorite Memory as a Buckeye (So Far) – Freshman year, when the football team won the national championship. It was a night I will never forget. I got to share the memory with a lot of the guys on the team.
Plans After Ohio State Hockey – I am scared to think about what I am going to do after hockey. I would like to play for the rest of my life but if I can’t do that I guess I’d like to be athletics director at a great university someday.
Favorite Spot on Campus – It would have to be the Oval. It is just a beautiful spot and I enjoy walking through it on a nice day.
Favorite Buckeye Jersey During Your Time – The military jerseys we wore this year. They were not only great looking, but also for a good cause.
Favorite Road Trip as a Buckeye – When we went to Florida for a tournament (sophomore year) and we ended up winning the whole thing. The weather was awesome and we had a blast there. A couple of the other guys and I even went jet skiing there.
What You’ll Miss Most about Being a Buckeye – The thing I will most about leaving will be waking up every morning and being able to see all of my really good friends. They know how to make me laugh all the time and it is awesome being with them.

Matthew Weis, a native of Freehold, New Jersey, has 118 points in 131 games as a Buckeye, ranking among the Top 10 current players in the NCAA in career points. Weis has posted 38 goals and 80 assists for Ohio State, with three-straight 30-plus point campaigns. This season, he is second on the squad with 23 assists and 33 points, ranking in the Top 10 in the Big Ten. A sport industry major, he is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and will be a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. Last summer, he traveled to Thailand with a group from the Ohio State Department of Athletics on a service learning trip.

Best Buckeye Memory (So Far) – Probably when the football team won the national championship my freshman year. Watching that game with all the guys and seeing how the school comes together for that event was insane. Or, Mirror Lake jump my sophomore year because that was the last time that tradition happened.
Plans After Ohio State Hockey – Graduate in May and hopefully continue playing hockey
Favorite Spot on Campus – The oval. There is always something going on at that place and it’s pretty cool.
Favorite Ohio State Jersey from Your Time – This year’s military jerseys
Favorite Road Trip as a Buckeye – Even though it was only one game, getting to go close to home and play in the famous Madison Square Garden was really cool. I had a lot of family and friends come to that game as well.
What You’ll Miss Most about being a Buckeye – Being around the boys and all the laughs/inside jokes that you hear every day. We have had a great team every year I’ve been here so being around all of that in the locker room, bus trips, etc … has been awesome.

Janik Möser, a native of Mannheim, Germany, who played in the World Junior Championship twice, has seen action in 110 games as a Buckeye, posting 16 points on two goals and 14 assists, with both goals coming in his senior year. He has skated in 27 games this year, blocking 31 shots. An economics major, he has earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honors.

Best Buckeye Memory (so far) – Making the NCAA Tournament last year
Plans after Buckeye Hockey – Continue to play hockey
Favorite Spot on Campus – Used to be Mirror Lake, it’s probably The Oval now
Favorite Ohio State Jersey During your Time – This year’s military jersey
Favorite Road Trip as a Buckeye – The trip for the tournament in Florida our sophomore year
What You’ll Miss Most about Ohio State – My teammates

Kevin Miller, a native of Stony Plain, Alberta, has skated in 106 games in the Scarlet and Gray, scoring 21 goals and adding 15 assists for 36 points, with five of his goals standing as gamewinners. He has seen action in 30 games this year, with five goals and eight points. A finance major, he is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and will be a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Best Buckeye Memory (so far) – Last year’s NCAA game against Minnesota Duluth
Plans after Hockey – Still deciding
Favorite Spot on Campus – The Schott
Favorite Ohio State Jersey During your Time – This year’s military jerseys
Favorite Road Trip as a Buckeye – The Florida trip my sophomore year for the Everblades Tournament
What you’ll miss most about Ohio State – My teammates

Matt Joyaux, from Bloomingdale, Illinois, joined the Buckeye squad in December 2015. He has skated in 54 games in the Scarlet and Gray, posting 17 points on four goals and 13 assists, and is nearing 100 career collegiate games played. A criminology major, he has skated in 19 games this year and has a goal and five assists for six points, along with 23 shot blocks.

Best Buckeye Memory (so far) – Making it to the NCAA Tournament last year for the first time in years
Plans After Hockey – Prepare for the LSAT and eventually make my way to law school
Favorite Spot on Campus – Top floor of Thompson Library, looking out at The Oval
Favorite Ohio State Jersey (during your time) – Last year’s Military Appreciation jersey
Favorite Road Trip as a Buckeye – Florida (December 2015), when I joined the team for the first time while they were at the tournament there
What You’ll Miss Most about Ohio State – I’ll miss my teammates the most. Being around them each and every day is something special and something I cherish. I’ve made so many great memories with them, so leaving them will be tough but I know we will stay friends forever

Christian Lampasso, from Amherst, N.Y., has played in 108 games in the Scarlet and Gray, with 30 points on 10 goals and 20 assists. This season, he has a career-high six goals (two gamewinners), adding two assists for eight points. An industrial and systems engineering major, he is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and will be a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. Lampasso has been a Bucks Go Pro intern and traveled with a group from the department of athletics on a service learning trip to Jamaica. 

Best Buckeye Memory (so far) – Sophomore year at Mirror Lake jump. That was the last time anyone will ever get to experience the magnitude of 10,000 Ohio State students yelling and singing fight songs while we scrambled to jump in and out of freezing cold water.
Plans after Hockey – Because of my rigorous engineering schedule and hockey, I have to take a fifth year to graduate, so I will be finishing up one last semester in the Fall to get my degree.
Favorite Spot on Campus – Baker Systems – I logged a lot of hours as an ISE student there.
Favorite Ohio State Jersey (during your time) – This year’s Military Appreciation jersey
Favorite Favorite Road Trip as a Buckeye – Freshman year when we went back to my hometown of Buffalo to play in the Harborcenter’s first games against Canisius. The ice was on the third floor and the crowd started jumping when the Golden Griffs came out onto ice and the entire floor was shaking.
What You’ll Miss Most about Ohio State – The camaraderie with the boys. Every year we have an amazing group of guys in the locker room. We are a family and I’m going to miss the little moments of the laughs and jokes on the bus or in the locker room.