COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tanner Laczynski, a senior forward on the No. 11 Ohio State men’s hockey team, has been named Big Ten Second Star of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. The All-American forward had three points, with two goals and an assist, and 29 faceoff wins as the Buckeyes split a Big Ten series at No. 6 Penn State.
Friday against the Nittany Lions, Laczynski scored an extra attacker goal in the final minute to make it a one-goal game and won 15-of-20 faceoffs in the contest. Saturday vs. PSU, he tied the game at one in the last minute of the opening period with a highlight reel goal (selected one of the NCAA Plays of the Week). He had the primary assist on Gustaf Westlund’s gamewinning goal in the third period, was +2 and won 14 faceoffs, including the final draw in the Buckeye zone to close out the game.
This is the seventh career Big Ten weekly award for Laczynski. He leads the Buckeyes with nine assists this year and shares the team point lead with 13, along with a team-high +7 rating. He has 122 career points, tying for second among active NCAA skaters and ranking third nationally with 1.07 career points per game.
Laczynski and the No. 11 Buckeyes (7-4-1, 3-3-0-0) open a four-game homestand to close the first half of the schedule with two games vs. Michigan State this weekend. The teams will meet at 5 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Value City Arena.
#NCAAHockey Plays of the Week 🏒
4️⃣ | Tanner Laczynski opened the scoring in @OhioStateMHKY’s 4-3 win at No. 6 Penn State. In the final minute of the first, he took a stretch pass from Layton Ahac, beat the PSU defender, then puts the puck where Grandma hides the 🍪’s. pic.twitter.com/PZAGeudM0c
— NCAA Ice Hockey (@NCAAIceHockey) November 26, 2019