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COLUMBUS – Freshman Jack Myers made his first game in Ohio Stadium one to remember, as he scored seven times and added an assist to help No. 11 Ohio State earn a hard-fought 16-13 victory over Bucknell on Saturday afternoon.
THE SHORT STORY
Myers’ seven goals – tied for the seventh highest in single-game history and the most since Logan Schuss scored seven vs. Detroit in 2013 – was backed up by hat tricks from Jack Jasinski and Colby Smith (3G, 2A, 5 points). The Buckeyes scored 11 times in the second and third quarters to build a 14-6 lead and then hung on after Bucknell scored seven times in the fourth quarter. In the face-off X, sophomore Justin Inacio was 20-for-27, and won a critical draw in the fourth quarter after the Bison cut Ohio State’s lead to just two (15-13) with 1:20 remaining.
“I loved the way we started. I thought we came out and were sharp. We took advantage of some opportunities that were there for us early. Credit to Bucknell, they kept fighting. To be 4-0 and to get a win at home feels really good.” | Head coach Nick Myers
Freshman Jack Myers: “Coach Ross did a really nice job preparing us. Tre did a great job drawing slides, Jackson Reid and [Ryan Terefenko] on the fast breaks – I was fortunate to be on the end of that.”
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
• Like they did last week in a 11-7 win at UMass, Ohio State got off to fast start. Colby Smith scored unassisted less than two minutes into the fourth quarter, and after Bucknell netted the equalizer two minutes later, Ohio State scored six unanswered goals in an 11-minute span.
• Myers began the 6-0 run with three straight goals – the first coming off a pass from Lukas Buckley and the second from JT Bugliosi.
• Two Smith goals sandwiched around a Jasinski score gave Ohio State a 7-1 lead with 10:13 to play in the first half.
• The Buckeyes and Bison traded goals for the remainder of the half and Ohio State went to the locker room with a 9-4 lead. The Buckeyes were also controlling possession by winning face-offs, going five-for-five in the first quarter and nine-for-14 in the first half.
• A 5-0 scoring burst by the Scarlet and Gray over 12 minutes in the third quarter gave Ohio State its largest lead of the day at 14-5. Jasinski started it with a goal from Buckley at 12:37 of the quarter, and then Myers scored four times unanswered – including one in transition off a pass from Ryan Terefenko – to complete his seven-goal performance.
• Training 14-6 entering the fourth quarter, Bucknell scored four times in 10 minutes to draw to within four, 14-10, at the 5:18 mark of the final stanza. Myers and Tre Leclaire combined on a score with 3:43 to play to make the score 15-10, but Bucknell answered with two goals in less than 40 seconds to cut the lead to 15-12.
• Tom Smith of Bucknell scored off a Matt Fedorjaka pass with 1:20 remaining to make the score 15-13, but Inacio got a key face-off win and Jasinski closed out the scoring on the day with 37 seconds left in regulation.
THIS AND THAT
• Inacio’s 20 face-off wins are a career high and most by an Ohio State player since Jake Withers won 20 vs. Michigan on April 15, 2017.
• Myers’ seven goals are the most by a freshman since Logan Schuss had seven against North Carolina on May 8, 2010.
• The Buckeyes improved to 12-0 over the last three seasons in the month of February.
• Four players – Jasinski (13G, 4A, 17 points), Myers (9G, 7A, 16 points), Leclaire (13G, 2A, 15 points) and Smith (6G, 4A, 10 points) have double figure points through four games.
• The Buckeyes have outscored opponents 16-6 so far this season in the first quarter.
• Jasinski, Reid and Leclaire all have at least one point in 16 consecutive games.
• Goalie Josh Kirson finished with 11 saves, the third straight starts that he registered 10 or more stops.
• 23 of Ohio State’s 25 points today were scored by underclassmen.
• Over the last three games, Inacio has won 49-of-74 face-offs (.662) with 31 ground balls. He had 13 on Saturday, the most in a game since Christopher May picked up 15 vs. Marquette on March 1, 2015. Inacio entered Saturday leading the Big Ten in ground balls per game.
• Colby Smith had career highs in goals (three), assists (two) and points (five). It was also his second multi-point game of the season.
JUST THE STATS
Leading Scorers: Myers (7G, 1A), Jasinski (3G), C. Smith (3G, 2A), Leclaire (2G, 1A), Reid (1G, 1A)
Shots: Ohio State 35, Bucknell 33
Ground Balls: Ohio State 41, Bucknell 35
Face-offs: Ohio State 21-of-31, Bucknell 10-of-31
Clears: Ohio State 12-of-15, Bucknell 17-of-20
Extra Man: Ohio State 1-of-3, Bucknell 3-of-5
Saves: Ohio State (Kirson) 11, Bucknell (Klipstein and Clark) 9
Turnovers: Ohio State 19, Bucknell 14
Ohio State heads south next weekend to Dallas, Texas and will face Marquette in the Patriot Cup at Ford Stadium on the campus of SMU. Face-off is set for noon and the game will be carried live on LSN.