October 19, 2018

No. 1 Ohio State Falls to UMass

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 1 Ohio State men’s hockey team lost its home opener to Massachusetts, 6-3, Friday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes (2-1-0) and Minutemen (3-0-0) will close the weekend series at 5 p.m. Saturday. The Buckeyes, who trailed 3-0 early in the second, were able to cut the UMass lead to one twice, but the comeback attempt fell short.

The Short Story

The Buckeyes fell behind 3-0, with UMass scoring at 10:17 and 14:28 (power play) of the first and 6:19 of the second. Carson Meyer then scored back-to-back goals for the Buckeyes for a one-goal game at 18:22 of the second. The Minutemen pushed ahead 4-2 at 8:00 of the third with a power play tally but Ohio State answered 1:09 later to again get within one. UMass converted a 2-on-1 at 15:43 of the third and Ohio State pulled its goalie early down by two, with the Minutemen scoring an empty netter at 16:56 for the final tally.

Ohio State outshot UMass, 38-27, in the game, including 29-15 in the second and third periods combined.

 

Quoting head coach Steve Rohlik

On what lessons were learned tonight
“We just have to work on getting better. It’s the beginning of the year and only our third game in a long season and we played a very good hockey team. We didn’t have the start we wanted and there’s a lot of teaching moments in tonight’s game that we have to learn from if we want to get better.”

The Buckeye Goals

  • Carson Meyer converted a penalty shot at 12:53 of the second period after he was tripped on a breakaway. It was his second goal as a Buckeye.
  • At 18:22, the Buckeyes scored on the power play. Ohio State won the faceoff and the puck went to Wyatt Ege. He found Tanner Laczynski at the right faceoff circle. His pass was directed by Dakota Joshua through the crease to Meyer just outside the far post.
  • At 9:09 of the third Joshua scored on the fly. Goalie Sean Romeo started the play up the ice to freshman Gustaf Westlund. The assists were the first for both Romeo and Westlund as Buckeyes. It was Romeo’s first assist since his freshman season in 2014-15. Westlund is the first Buckeye rookie to pick up a point this season.

Buckeye This and That

  • After not scoring a penalty shot goal since 1999, the Buckeyes converted in back-to-back games. Mason Jobst scored last Saturday vs. Arizona State and Carson Meyer tallied tonight.
  • Meyer had his second two-point night as a Buckeye and his first multiple-goal game. He leads the Buckeyes with three goals and four points this year.
  • With an assist, Tanner Laczynski extended his point streak to eight games.
  • The loss ended a 12 game unbeaten streak for the Buckeyes in non-conference regular season games (8-0-4).