March 25, 2018 was a day to remember in Ohio State men’s hockey history. With a 5-1 win over defending national champion Denver, the No. 1-seed Buckeyes won the NCAA Midwest Regional to advance to the NCAA Frozen Four for the second time in school history and first time since 1998. The Buckeyes defeated Princeton, 4-2, in the first round of the Midwest Regional, held at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa.

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Looking Back at the Victory

After a scoreless first period, Ohio State scored the only two goals of the second, with Dakota Joshua and Kevin Miller converting. Matt Joyaux extended the Buckeye lead to 3-0 at 9:27 of the third, set up by Tanner Laczynski. The Pioneers got on the board less than two minutes later to draw within two. But just 30 seconds after the DU goal Miller notched his second of the night to regain the Buckeyes’ three-goal lead (4-1). Denver pulled its goalie with more than five minutes remaining and Mason Jobst took advantage, scoring into the empty net for a 5-1 Ohio State lead. Christian Lampasso set up both of Miller’s goals, while Joyaux added an assist for a two-point night.

Buckeye goalie Sean Romeo had 30 saves in the victory. The Buckeyes blocked 19 shots, led by Wyatt Ege with seven and Sasha Larocque with four.

The Buckeye penalty kill was 2-for-2 in the win. Ohio State did not have a power play chance.

Joshua, Laczynski, Larocque and Romeo were named to the All-Tournament Team, with Romeo the Most Outstanding Player.

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