October 20, 2018

No. 1 Buckeyes Top Minutemen, 3-1

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Behind two goals from junior Tanner Laczynski and 35 saves from sophomore Tommy Nappier, the No. 1 Ohio State men’s hockey team defeated Massachusetts, 3-1, Saturday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes split the series with the Minutemen and each team is now 3-1 on the year.

Up Next

The Buckeyes will close their three-game homestand at 7 p.m. Friday vs. Bowling Green. Ohio State and the Falcons will then face off in Bowling Green at 7:07 p.m. Saturday.

The game against the Falcons opens a five-game streak of road games for Ohio State, who will play at Notre Dame Nov. 2-3 and at Colgate Nov. 9-10. The squad returns to Columbus for back-to-back Big Ten series vs. Wisconsin Nov. 16-17 and Penn State Nov. 23-24.

The Short Story

The Buckeyes and Minutemen scored 13 seconds apart in the first period. UMass took the lead at 6:00 and Ohio State responded at 6:13, with Tanner Laczynski scoring. The teams combined for 35 shots in the second period (UMass 18, Ohio State 17), but the goalies held strong. With time winding down in the third and the teams skating 4×4, Wyatt Ege carried the puck into the UMass zone. He passed to Laczynski in the slot, who chipped the puck over the UMass goalie with 1:22 left in regulation for the eventual gamewinner. Mason Jobst sealed the win with an empty net goal at 19:12. Tommy Nappier made 11 of his 35 saves in the third period.

The Buckeye Goals

  • Tanner Laczynski won the faceoff following the UMass goal at 6:00. The puck went back to Grant Gabriele and he sent the puck down the boards, with Ronnie Hein chipping the puck in. Laczynski won the race to the puck, came around the back of the net and scored through a screen from the high slot at 6:13. The assist was the first point for Gabriele as a Buckeye.
  • Ohio State converted 32 seconds into 4×4 play following matching minors at 18:06. Wyatt Ege carried into the UMass zone and passed to Laczynski in the slot. His shot went off the goalie’s shoulder and in to put the Buckeyes ahead 2-1 at 18:38.
  • UMass pulled its goalie shortly after the Ohio State go-ahead goal. Mason Jobst stole the puck in the neutral zone and sent the puck into the net for a 3-1 Ohio State lead at 19:12.

Quoting head coach Steve Rohlik

On rebounding from last night’s loss
“It’s one game at a time. We have a long way to go. I like our group in our room. We have a great culture. It was a great response to last night. We don’t like losing and we certainly didn’t want to lose two in a row.”

Between the Pipes

  • Tommy Nappier made his second start of the season for the Buckeyes and is 2-0 on the year.
  • The goal he allowed in the first period ended his shutout streak at 195:32, the second-longest individual streak in program history. It is behind only the 197:06 streak by Christian Frey Dec. 18, 2015-Jan. 9, 2016.
  • The Buckeyes outshot the Minutemen, 39-36.

Buckeye This and That

  • Grant Gabriele and Matthew Jennings both saw their first game action in the Scarlet and Gray.
  • Tanner Laczynski extended his point streak to nine games. He leads the Buckeyes with three assists and five points. It was his third career two-goal game.
  • Mason Jobst now has 132 career points, tying Paul Caponigri (2001-04) for the most by a Buckeye since 1999. He leads all active NCAA players in career points and is first among the nation’s seniors in points per game (1.12).
  • The Buckeyes have three two-goal games this season.
  • Ohio State has scored three goals in each game this season.