COLUMBUS, Ohio – After notching five points in a sweep at Penn State, junior forward Tanner Laczynski of the No. 3/4-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team has been named Big Ten Third Star of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday.
Laczynski, from Shorewood, Ill., had a goal and four assists against the Nittany Lions, tying for first in the Big Ten and second in the NCAA in points last week. In the 4-1 win Friday, he scored the gamewinning goal, breaking a 1-1 tie 3:10 into the second period and had two assists. In a 6-4 victory Saturday, Laczynski had assists on back-to-back power play goals in the second period.
The first assist Friday was the 100th career point for Laczynski in the Scarlet and Gray. He is the third Buckeye since 2003 to hit 100 points as a junior. He is 12th among all NCAA active players with 104 points (35g, 69a) in 96 games and ranks eighth among current players with 1.08 points per game over his career.
This season, Laczynski leads the Buckeyes with 17 assists and is second with 25 points. He is tied for 15th in the NCAA in points per game (1.19), ranking fifth among Big Ten skaters.
The Buckeyes (15-5-4, 8-3-3-2 B1G) are off this weekend and will return to action with a series vs. No. 11/12 Notre Dame Feb. 1-2 in Value City Arena. The Friday game, with a 7 p.m. puck drop, is the team’s annual Teddy Bear Toss, with fans encouraged to bring a new stuffed animal to donate to Ronald McDonald House. The Saturday game, set for 8 p.m., includes Hockey Hour activities on the concourse from 7-8 p.m. and Script Ohio on Ice will be performed during the first intermission.