October 19, 2019

No. 12/13 Buckeyes Fall to Omaha, 2-1

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 12/13-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team fell in the second game of its nonconference series with Omaha, 2-1, Saturday in Value City Arena. The teams end with a split, as the Buckeyes (2-1-1) posted a 3-2 victory over the Mavericks (3-1-0) Friday.

The Short Story – Omaha 2, Ohio State 1

Omaha scored early in the first period and carried the lead until midway through the second when Carson Meyer tied the game for the Buckeyes. The Mavericks notched the gamewinner at 12:30 of the third. Ohio State was unable to score on five power play chances in the game, including two 5×3 opportunities during two major power plays (one each in the first and second periods). The Buckeye penalty kill was 4-for-4 in the outing. Ohio State had 38 shots on net, limiting Omaha to 22.

Up Next

Ohio State hits the road for a nonconference series with Mercyhurst. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Erie, Pa. The Buckeyes return home to host Michigan Nov. 1-2, with puck drop at 7 p.m. in game one and 5 p.m. in game two.

Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik

“The positive is we have a game next week and we have a chance on Monday to get better as a team. That’s what we need to do. We’re far from the finished product. It’s a disappointing loss. The positive for me is we have a chance to come back on Monday and regroup as a team. It’s not the last game of the year.”

Quoting Buckeye senior captain Ronnie Hein

On not scoring on the power play

“It’s very frustrating – we had 30-some minutes on the power play tonight. We had three power play goals last night. For a lot of the older guys, we’re supposed to go out there and put goals up early, or at least gain momentum for the team. Here and there we did that, but at the end of the night, it’s just not good enough, especially for us older guys. They are leaning on us on the power play. We have to be better.”

On the message to the team

“It’s early in the year. We really battled. We lost a few guys and a lot of guys stepped up and we competed hard. It obviously didn’t go our way. I think the message right now is there’s nothing you can do about it now, it’s over with. We’re going to get healed up, go in on Monday and start putting back in the work and get ready for Mercyhurst next weekend.

Omaha 2, Ohio State 1

In the First … Omaha scored the only goal of the opening 20 minutes, with Taylor Ward scoring following a faceoff deep in the Buckeye zone at 4:08. Shots were 13-8 in favor of Ohio State, with seven coming for the Buckeyes on two power play chances, including a 5×3 with a major.

In the Second … Ohio State had three power play chances in the stanza, including a 5×3 including a major, but was unable to take advantage. At 11:35 Carson Meyer tied the game. A Maverick was unable to keep the puck in at the Ohio State blue line and freshman Tate Singleton won the race down the ice, passing to Meyer in the high slot and he converted for his first goal of the year. Ohio State had 15 shots in the period (eight on the power play) and Omaha had six.

In the Third … The Mavericks scored the go-ahead goal and eventual gamewinner at 12:30, as Joey Abate redirected a pass from outside the slot. Omaha had the only two power play chances of the period. Shots were 10-8, with Ohio State, who pulled its goalie for the final 1:30 for the extra attacker, ahead.

Shots … The Buckeyes outshot the Mavs, 38-22, in the game. Tommy Nappier made 20 saves for the Buckeyes in 58:13 and Isaiah Saville had 37 stops in 59:52 for Omaha. Ohio State blocked 13 shots, led by Gordi Myer with two.

Special Teams … Neither team was able to score on the power play. Ohio State had five chances, putting 15 shots on net, and Omaha had four opportunities.

Buckeye This and That … The Buckeyes are 16-for-18 (.889) on the penalty kill this season … the game was the first this year the squad did not convert with the man advantage; on the year, Ohio State is 6-for-25 (.240) on the power play … Nappier has a 1.73 goals-against average and .942 save percentage through the first four games … the Buckeyes and Nappier have not allowed more than two goals in a game on the year … Ohio State and Omaha, former CCHA foes, were meeting for the first time since November 2015.