COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior Tommy Nappier, a goalie on the No. 7/8 Ohio State men’s hockey team, has been named Big Ten Third Star of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. The St. Louis native stopped 23 shots Sunday in a 2-0 shutout win over Michigan State.
This is Nappier’s seventh career Big Ten weekly award and his third this season. He was named first star Oct. 15 and second star Nov. 5.
Nappier posted his first shutout of the season Sunday vs. the Spartans. The Buckeyes took a 1-0 lead 13:14 into the game vs. Michigan State and did not gain a two-goal advantage until an empty net goal with 36 seconds left in regulation. After seven saves in the first (including during two early MSU power plays) and four in the second, Nappier stopped all 12 shots he faced in the third for the win. Nappier and the Buckeyes were 4-for-4 on the PK against the Spartans, who entered the weekend fifth in the NCAA on the power play (.286).
The shutout was the sixth of Nappier’s Buckeye career, moving him into fifth place alone in the Buckeye record book. He is 7-4-1 this year, with a 1.97 goals-against average and .936 save percentage, ranking first and second in the Big Ten, respectively.
Nappier and the Buckeyes (9-4-1, 5-3-0-0) host Minnesota this weekend to close out the first half of the schedule. The teams will meet at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena, with BTN televising the first game.