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.
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
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
Buckeye This and That