October 13, 2018

No. 1 Buckeyes Open Year with 3-2 Victory at Arizona State

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TEMPE, Ariz. – The No. 1 Ohio State men’s hockey team kicked off its season with a 3-2 road win at Arizona State (2-1) Friday in Oceanside Arena. The teams will close the series at 10:05 p.m. ET Saturday in Tempe.

Ohio State 3, Arizona State 2 – The Short Story

The Buckeyes led 1-0 after the first period on a goal from Freddy Gerard. The Sun Devils tied the game just 50 seconds into the second period with a power play tally. Ohio State then scored two power play goals in 2:15, with Dakota Joshua and Carson Meyer tallying, for a 3-1 lead. ASU drew within one on a goal with two seconds left in the second. Buckeye goalie Sean Romeo made 12 of his 24 saves in the third period to preserve the lead. Mason Jobst had two assists and Meyer added a helper to each post two-point nights.

The Buckeye Goals

  • Ohio State notched the only goal of the first at 15:02. Carson Meyer and Freddy Gerard battled along the wall, with Meyer getting the puck to Gerard. His shot beat the goalie high for the Buckeyes’ first goal of the year.
  • Ohio State scored two power play goals in the second period.
  • Dakota Joshua converted at 2:23, assisted by Mason Jobst and Wyatt Ege.
  • At 4:38 Carson Meyer tallied his first goal in the Scarlet and Gray. Tanner Laczynski found him at the far post, with Jobst on the second assist.

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Special Teams

  • Ohio State was 2-for-5 on the power play in the game, putting nine shots on net.
  • The Buckeye penalty kill was 3-for-4, including a short 5-on-3 advantage for ASU.

Buckeye This and That

  • Freshmen Gustaf Westlund, Quinn Preston and Ryan O’Connell each skated in their first collegiate game. Carson Meyer and Collin Peters played in their first games in the Scarlet and Gray.
  • Jobst now has 130 career points. He leads all active NCAA players in points.
  • The Buckeyes blocked 13 shots, led by Gordi Myer with four. O’Connell, Brendon Kearney and Meyer each had two blocks.

Quoting head coach Steve Rohlik
“It was good to get a win on the road in the first game of the year. We have to clean some things up and we have to be better tomorrow to give ourselves another chance.”

Quoting senior goalie Sean Romeo
“It was a good start for us. I thought the team really battled well. Winning is never easy in this league so to get a road win to start feels great. We have to finish it tomorrow.” 

(story photos credit Nick Little)