December 5, 2018

Buckeye Hockey Notebook – December Break


The No. 7-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team closed out the first half of its schedule last weekend. The Buckeyes will wrap up classes and finals and practice in Columbus through next week before taking a break from campus. The squad returns to game action Dec. 28-29 when it hosts Mercyhurst in Value City Arena.

The Buckeyes head into winter break … 
🏒 Ranked 7th
🏒 9-4-3 overall
🏒 4-2-2-2 (1st) in the Big Ten
🏒 t-5th in the NCAA in scoring defense 
🏒 t-1st nationally with 5 team shutouts

In the Rankings

Ohio State moved to No. 7 in the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings this week.

In the USCHO rankings, Big Ten teams No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 9 Penn State join Ohio State in the Top 10, with Michigan No. 15 and Minnesota and Wisconsin receiving votes. In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, the Irish are No. 6 and Nittany Lions are No. 9, with Michigan receiving votes.

Three of the Buckeyes’ four nonconference opponents are ranked by USCHO this week – No. 1 UMass, No. 12 Bowling Green and No. 19 Arizona State. In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, the Minutemen are No. 2, the Falcons are No. 13 and Arizona State is No. 15.

Ohio State and Providence are the only schools with men’s and women’s teams in the Top 10 this week. The Buckeye women are No. 7, while the Friar men are No. 10 and the women are No. 8.

An NCAA Play of the Week – Again

For the third week in a row, a Buckeye earned a spot among the Top 5 NCAA Hockey Plays of the Week.

This week, Sean Romeo’s overtime save was the No. 1 play. Friday night, his save was among the #SCTop10 Plays of the Day.

Austin Pooley’s shorthanded goal, set up by Mason Jobst, was recognized a week ago and Quinn Preston’s first collegiate goal made the Top 5 two weeks ago.


Looking Back at Last Week

Ohio State skated to two 2-2 overtime ties, and earned an extra Big Ten point with a goal in 3×3 overtime each night, at Minnesota last weekend.  (Stats from the 3×3 overtime are not included in season totals.)

Game One (Full Wrapup)

The Buckeyes trailed 1-0 after the first period on a shorthanded goal at 14:33. Buckeye senior and Minnesota native John Wiitala tied the game at 6:06 of the second, converting on a pass from Tanner Laczynski, with Wyatt Ege (another Minnesota native) also assisting. The game remained tied until 17:12 of the third, when Buckeye junior Ronnie Hein scored on a breakaway, set up by Freddy Gerard and Matt Miller. The Gophers tied the game with 41 seconds left in regulation, tallying on a 6×4 advantage while on the power play and with the net empty. Neither team scored in five minutes of overtime. Buckeye goalie Sean Romeo kept the game tied with a #SCTop10 save.

In the 3×3 overtime, Minnesota had a power play chance at 1:17 but the Buckeyes were able to kill the penalty, with Sean Romeo making five saves. At 3:40 Ohio State went on the power play. Mason Jobst took a pass from Laczynzki and set the puck to Matt Miller for a one-timer and Buckeye win.

Game Two (Full Wrapup)

The Buckeyes scored twice in just over a minute for a 2-0 lead late in the first period, with goals from Brendon Kearney and Mason Jobst (on the power play). The Gophers got on the board at 17:25 for a 2-1 game through 20 minutes. The only goal the rest of regulation was scored by the Gophers’ Brent Gates at 9:14 of the second period. The Buckeyes controlled play throughout the game and outshot the Gophers, 45-16. Shots were 15-6 in favor of the Buckeyes in the opening period and 11-8 in the second. In the third and overtime, the Buckeyes outshot the Gophers 19-2 combined (13-2 in the third, 6-0 in overtime).

In the extra session, Ohio State tallied at 3:23. Gordi Myer carried the puck in the zone and it was picked up by Mason Jobst. He beat his defender and found Quinn Preston right in front for the goal and extra B1G point.

From the Stats Sheet

Mason Jobst and Tanner Laczynski lead the Buckeyes with 14 points each. Jobst has a team-high 10 goals and freshman Gustaf Westlund is first on the team with 10 assists. Laczynski has a 5-9-14 line, tying Ronnie Hein for second on the squad with five goals and ranking second with nine assists. Carson Meyer (4g, 6a) and Westlund are tied for third with 10 points each. Gordi Myer has a team-high 27 blocked shots, followed by Matt Miller with 21 and Sasha Larocque with 20.

In goal, Sean Romeo and Tommy Nappier split starts each of the first seven series. Nappier is second nationally with a .951 save percentage and third with a 1.43 goals-against average. Romeo, with a 2.35 gaa and .912 save percentage, shares the NCAA lead with three shutouts.

Laczynski will enter the second half of the year with 93 career points (32g, 61a), looking to become the third Buckeye since 2003 to hit the 100-point mark as a junior (Ryan Dzingel/2013, Jobst/2017).

Happy 100th

Tommy Parran marked his 100th game in the Scarlet and Gray Friday at Minnesota.

Parran is one of six current Buckeyes with 100 or more games played, joining Mason Jobst/130 John Wiitala/128, Sasha Larocque/123, Brendon Kearney/117 and  Dakota Joshua/112. Freddy Gerard has skated in 98 games at Ohio State.