COLUMBUS, Ohio – After backstopping the Ohio State men’s hockey team to the Ice Breaker Tournament title, junior goalie Tommy Nappier has been named Big Ten First Star of the Week. It is the fifth career weekly conference honor for the St. Louis native.
Nappier, the 2019 Big Ten Goaltender of the Year, led the B1G with a 1.45 goals-against average and .958 save percentage, stopping 68-of-71 shots, over the weekend.
Friday vs. No. 14/12 Western Michigan, Nappier had a career-high 44 saves in regulation and 5×5 overtime combined, including 20 saves on 21 shots in the first period. He then had five saves in 3×3 overtime and stopped 4-of-5 shots he faced in the shootout, opening round five with a stop before a Buckeye goal to win, as the Buckeyes advanced to the championship game. (The 3×3 OT and shootout were just for tournament purposes and do not count in official statistics.)
In the final vs. RIT Saturday, Nappier had 24 saves on 25 shots, allowing just one first period power play goal. Fourteen of his saves came in the third period, protecting the Buckeyes’ one-goal lead that remained until an insurance goal with less than four minutes remaining.
Nappier and the Buckeyes (1-0-1) open their home schedule this weekend, hosting Omaha (2-0-0) at 7 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.