October 27, 2017

Buckeyes Down Colonials, 5-3


Oct. 27, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team scored four of the game’s final five goals to defeat Robert Morris, 5-3, Friday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes, unbeaten in their last five games, are now 4-1-2 on the year. They will take on Robert Morris (2-4) in game two of the home-and-home series at 7 p.m. Saturday in Colonials Arena in Pittsburgh.

Ohio State 5, Robert Morris 3 – Briefly
The teams were scoreless through the first half of the opening stanza before combining for three goals in a 1:22 span. Robert Morris scored back-to-back 1:04 apart for a 2-0 advantage. Tanner Laczynski tallied on the next shift, putting the Buckeyes on the board at 12:03. The Buckeyes had a power play carry over into the second period and they were able to convert at 1:30 to tie the game at two. Just 1:01 later freshman Eugene Fadyeyev put the Buckeyes ahead for the first time with his first career goal. Robert Morris tied the game with a power play tally at 9:35, but with one minute left in the period, Matthew Weis scored for a 4-3 Buckeye lead. Ohio State maintained its one-goal edge until 12:46 of the third, when rookie Austin Pooley scored his first goal for the Scarlet and Gray.

Ohio State outshot Robert Morris, 45-27, in the game, including 20-7 in the third period. Buckeye goalie Sean Romeo made 24 saves in all 60 minutes.

5 goals, 5 goal scorers, 5 players with an assist, in the Buckeyes’ win tonight. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/qxHIfAy4tr

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) October 28, 2017

Weis and Laczynski each had three-point nights with a goal and two assists, while Sasha Larocque, who was +4 in the game, also had two helpers.

In the First
Robert Morris’ Luke Lynch opened the scoring at 10:41 on a rebound and Timmy Moore put the Colonials up 2-0 at 11:45 with a goal on the rush. Just 18 second later, the Buckeyes cut the lead to one. Matthew Weis passed to Tanner Laczynski coming down the middle, and he scored on a wrist shot at 12:03. Ohio State had 10 shots in the period, with RMU putting nine on net.

In the Second
Just 1:30 into the second period the Buckeyes tied the game. Mason Jobst found Dakota Joshua down low. He took the puck to the net and it went to John Wiitala in front, who was able to convert with the Buckeyes on the power play. At 2:31 Buckeye freshman Eugene Fadyeyev notched his first goal for the Scarlet and Gray. Matthew Weis carried the puck behind the net and found the rookie with a behind the back, no-look pass. Sasha Larocque had the second assist on the goal, which put Ohio State ahead 3-2. At 9:35 the Colonials scored on the power play to tie the game at three. With time winding down in the period, Larocque carried the puck down along the boards into the RMU zone. He passed to Laczynski, who got the puck to Weis in front and he put the Buckeye back ahead (4-3). The Buckeyes outshot the Colonials, 15-10, in the period.

In the Third
The lone goal scored in the third period was at 12:46, with Austin Pooley tallying his first career goal. Tanner Laczynski passed to Pooley in front and he drove to the post, scoring on a backhand. Ohio State carried play for much of the third, putting the first eight shots on net, and outshooting RMU 20-7 in the stanza. The Colonials pulled their goalie in the final two minutes, but Sean Romeo made two saves and Brendon Kearney blocked a shot to maintain the Buckeyes’ two-goal edge.

🚨🚨Congrats to freshmen Austin Pooley and Eugene Fadyeyev who scored their first career goals tonight! pic.twitter.com/zHhzDVnqg5

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) October 28, 2017

Blocking the Puck
For the game, the Buckeyes outshot the Colonials, 45-27. Sean Romeo had 24 saves in all 60 minutes for the Buckeyes. He now has a 1.53 goals-against average and .934 save percentage on the year. Francis Marotte had 40 stops in 58:05 for Robert Morris.

Ohio State blocked 14 shots in the win, led by Sasha Larocque with three. He has a team-best 21 on the year. Wyatt Ege, Matthew Weis and Matt Miller each recorded two blocks.

Special Teams
Each team was 1-for-4 with the man advantage in the game. The Buckeyes are now 23-for-25 (.920) on the penalty kill this season.

Noting the Buckeyes
Sasha Larocque had his third career two-assist game and first since Feb. 10 vs. Minnesota. He is tied for fifth nationally with 3.0 shot blocks per game.
Tanner Laczynski had three points for the second game in a row and has seven points in his last three games combined, including a goal and five first assists. He has multiple points in 12 of his 41 games as a Buckeye and now shares the team point lead with seven, including a team-best six assists.
Matthew Weis has five points in his last three games combined. It was his fifth career three-point night and his 22nd game with multiple points in the Scarlet and Gray. He now has 90 career points in 106 career games.
John Wiitala has a point in six of seven games this year, with three goals and three assists. He is third on the team in scoring.
• The Buckeyes’ five goals scored were a season high. It was just the second time this season the team allowed more than two goals. The squad is holding opponents to 1.6 goals a game on the year.

Coach Rohlik, Matthew Weis and Tanner Laczynski postgame. Weis and Laczynski each had a goal and two assists in the win over RMU. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/lZs2mdKGfJ

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) October 28, 2017

Quoting the Buckeyes
Steve Rohlik, head coach
On the team’s performance
“We were resilient. I thought our guys worked hard. When you fall behind like that to a good hockey team you can go one of two directions, and our guys picked the right way to go.”

On playing from behind early
“Our guys were the ones that really did it. They’re the ones that talked on the bench and said, ‘We’re fine. We’re in a good spot. We just have to keep working hard and get back to our details and the way we play.’ So I have to give these guys the credit.”

On two Buckeyes scoring their first career goals
“It tells you that anybody on this team can chip in on any given night. That’s the important thing and that’s what we preach every night. We’re only as good as our 27 guys, we’re not a one-man team. They were pretty excited, but everybody’s just happy we got a team win.”

Matthew Weis, senior forward
On coming back from early deficit
“After the first 10 minutes we kind of got whiplashed by them. I think finally after that we got after our game and got some pucks down low. We started controlling the game a little more, and getting some shots to the net. We created some traffic and then we started getting goals.”

Tanner Laczynski, sophomore forward
On his goal in the first period
“I was coming off a shift where we just got scored on. I got the puck and chipped it to Weis, and he was slashing through and made a good play. He had an unbelievable pass back to me and I kind of just found the opening.”