October 14, 2018

No. 1 Buckeyes Shut Out Arizona State 3-0 for Series Sweep

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TEMPE, Ariz. – The No. 1 Ohio State men’s hockey team posted a 3-0 win over Arizona State Saturday to complete a season-opening sweep of the Sun Devils (2-2).

The Short Story
The teams were scoreless after 20 minutes. With just 1:04 left in the second Ronnie Hein put the Buckeyes on the board. The Buckeyes maintained their one-goal edge until Mason Jobst converted a penalty shot at 13:26 of the third. With 20 seconds left in the game, Hein put in the rebound of a Miguel Fidler shot to seal the win. Sophomore Tommy Nappier stopped all 27 shots he faced for his second career shutout. The Buckeye penalty kill was 6-for-6 in the win, with two stops in each period.

Up Next
The Buckeyes open their home slate with three consecutive home games. The squad hosts UMass at 7 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday before a matchup with Bowling Green at 7 p.m. Oct. 26.

 

The Buckeye Goals

  • With time running down in the first period, Ronnie Hein put the Buckeyes ahead 1-0. Matt Miller’s stick broke on a slap shot, but the puck went to Tanner Laczynski near the faceoff circle. He found Hein outside the crease for the tally.
  • In the third, Mason Jobst was tripped on a breakaway and awarded a penalty shot at 13:26. He converted the chance, scoring into the top corner for his first goal of the year.
  • The final goal came with 20 seconds left in regulation and the ASU net empty. John Wiitala won the puck battle along the boards to Miguel Fidler. His shot hit the post but went right in front, where Hein raced to the loose puck and scored.

 

 

Talking Shots

  • Sophomore Tommy Nappier stopped all 27 shots he faced for his second career shutout and first since a win over Wisconsin Feb. 24. He is 5-0-0 in his Buckeye career.
  • The Buckeyes blocked 11 shots, led by Matt Miller with three and Carson Meyer and Austin Pooley with two each.
  • The Buckeyes outshot the Sun Devils 35-27 in the game. Dakota Joshua and Miller led the Buckeyes with five shots on goal each.

Special Teams

  • The Buckeye penalty kill was 6-for-6 in the win and finished the series 9-for-10.
  • Ohio State was 0-for-6 on the power play, including a 5-on-3 advantage for nearly two minutes. The squad ends the weekend 2-for-11 with the man advantage.

 

Buckeye This and That

  • Jobst’s penalty shot was the first for the Buckeyes since he had an unsuccessful attempt Oct. 30, 2015.
  • Ohio State is undefeated in its last 12 non-conference regular season games (8-0-4).
  • Jobst now has 131 career points. He leads all active NCAA players in points and shares the career goaltending lead with 53. He has the most points for a Buckeye since 2004, when Paul Caponigri ended his career with 132 from 2001-04. He leads Ohio State with three points on the year.
  • The series was the second between the Buckeyes and Sun Devils and first since January 2017. Ohio State is 3-0-1 vs. ASU.
  • Hein had his second career two-goal game and first since Oct. 29, 2016 at Niagara.

Quoting senior forward Brendon Kearney

“We battled hard both nights. It wasn’t perfect either night but we worked hard enough to get the job done and start the year with two big wins. It’s never easy to win on the road so the wins are a big positive and we are excited to get home. We will start preparing for next weekend’s UMass series.”

Quoting head coach Steve Rohlik

“It was a hard-fought weekend. Give our guys credit for competing right to the end tonight. We found a way to get another win. This is good momentum heading into a tough series next weekend vs. UMass.”