COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team used three power play goals to defeat Omaha, 3-2, Friday in Value City Arena. The winning goal came midway through the third period from sophomore Quinn Preston, set up by senior Tanner Laczynski, who had a hand in all three Buckeye goals on the night.
The Buckeyes, now 2-0-1, and Mavericks (2-1-0) will close the nonconference series at 5 p.m. Saturday in VCA.
The Short Story – Ohio State 3, Omaha 2
The teams traded power play goals in the first period, with Matt Miller scoring for the Buckeyes at 11:28 and Omaha in the final minute. The Buckeyes regained the lead on a Tanner Laczynski power play tally with just three seconds left in the second period. In the third, Omaha tied the game at 4:49 with a 4×4 goal, but Ohio State added a third power play score, this time by Quinn Preston, to regain the lead for a third time. The Buckeyes ended the game on the power play and 3-for-7 with the man advantage overall, while the penalty kill was 5-for-6. Tommy Nappier had 25 saves for the Buckeyes. Laczynski had a team-high three points on a goal and two assists, while Miller (1g, 1a) and Gustaf Westlund (2a) each had two points.
Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik
“We know we are going to face a better hockey team tomorrow, they’re going to come back. Any time you lose a hockey game you want to bounce back. To me it’s discipline [that needs to improve]. Discipline and structure and staying out of the box. Our goal every night is to get better. Every game we are going to get better.”
Quoting Buckeye senior Tanner Laczynski
“We have to be a little bit smarter. I think if we do that and stay out of the box then we are going to have a lot better chance of winning some hockey games.”
On offensive production early in the season
“Sometimes it gets a little frustrating, but it’s all about trying to stay with it and keep working hard. Obviously when you have a bunch of good guys on a power play like we do it’s a lot easier.”
Ohio State 3, Omaha 2
In the First … The Buckeyes opened the scoring 11:28 into the game with a 4×3 power play goal, as Matt Miller’s snap shot got through. Gustaf Westlund and Tanner Laczynski assisted on the goal, Miller’s second of the year. At 19:11 the Mavericks answered with a power play tally of their own, as Kevin Conley scored. The Buckeyes were outshot, 11-10, in the period.
In the Second … The teams were tied at one until just three seconds remained in the period. Laczynski took a pass from Miller and put a shot off the goalie’s glove and in for a 2-1 Buckeye lead. Westlund had the second assist on the goal, Laczynski’s first of the year. Each team had six shots (and two power plays) in the stanza.
In the Third … At 4:49 of the period with the teams skating 4-on-4, Ryan Jones tallied for Omaha to deadlock the score at two. At 8:22 a cross checking penalty put the Buckeyes on the power play and they took advantage, with Quinn Preston scoring the go-ahead goal at 10:11. Preston one-timed a cross-ice pass from Laczynski, with Ronnie Hein also assisting. Omaha pulled its goalie in the final two minutes, but a late penalty ended the threat. Buckeye goalie Tommy Nappier had nine saves in the period and Ohio State put 11 shots on net.
Shots … Each team had 27 shots on goal in the game. Nappier had 25 saves in 59:43 for the Buckeyes and Omaha’s Isaiah Saville had 24 stops in 59:16. Each team also blocked 11 shots. Gordi Myer led Ohio State with three, while Austin Pooley and Miller each had two.
Special Teams … Ohio State was 3-for-7 on the power play in the game and stopped 5-for-6 power play chances.
Buckeye This and That … Laczynski had his eighth career three-point game and his 34th overall multiple-point outing; he has a 1-3-4 line this year and now has 113 points (38g, 75a) in the Scarlet and Gray … Miller leads the Buckeyes with five points (2g, 3a), with at least one in all three games this season … Westlund had his fifth career game with two-plus points as a Buckeye … the Buckeyes are 6-for-20 (30 percent) on the power play this season and 12-for-14 (.857) on the penalty kill … Nappier has a 1.63 goals-against average and .949 save percentage through the first three games.