Nov. 22, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s hockey senior goalie Matt Tomkins and freshman Tanner Laczynski have received Big Ten weekly honors for their performances in the Buckeyes’ sweep at Rensselaer last weekend. Tomkins, from Sherwood Park, Alberta, was named B1G Second Star of the Week after posting his first shutout of the season and picking up two wins between the pipes. Laczynski, from Shorewood, Illinois, had two goals and two assists for four points, including the third period gamewinner Friday, to earn B1G Third Star of the Week accolades.
In the Buckeyes’ series at RPI, Tomkins played all 120 minutes and allowed just two power play goals in the two games combined. He posted a shutout Friday with 28 saves, his first shutout of the season and the third of his career. Saturday Tomkins made 22 saves as the Buckeyes scored to win in the third period. He stopped the last 12 shots he faced, including eight after the Buckeyes scored to go ahead 3-2 midway through the third. On the year, Tomkins is 6-1-3, with a 2.28 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.
Laczynski had a goal and an assist and was +2 in each game in the Buckeyes’ road sweep at RPI, tying for second in points among B1G players. Saturday, Laczynski broke a 2-2 tie at 9:56 of the third, scoring the gamewinner with the teams skating 4-on-4. On the year, Laczynski leads the Buckeyes with 13 assists and 18 points. He has a point in all but three games and has seven multiple-point outings. He is tied for 11th in the NCAA in points per game (1.38), tied for sixth in assists per game (1.00) and third in points per game among freshmen (1.38). He is second in the B1G in points and tied for first in assists.
The No. 13-ranked Buckeyes have a bye this weekend before opening B1G play at Minnesota Dec. 2-3.