December 8, 2017

No. 15/13 Buckeyes Win in OT Over No. 7 Minnesota, 2-1


Dec. 8, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – With 33 saves from Sean Romeo and an overtime goal by Christian Lampasso, the No. 15/13-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team prevailed in overtime against No. 7 Minnesota, 2-1, Friday in Value City Arena.

The Buckeyes (9-4-4, 4-4-1-0 B1G) and Gophers (10-8-1, 4-6-1-1 B1G) will close the series and the first half of the schedule at 8 p.m. Saturday in Columbus.

Ohio State 2, Minnesota 1 OT – The Short Story
Ohio State led 1-0 after the first period on a power play goal from Tanner Laczynski. Neither team was able to score in the second, despite combining for 27 shots on net (Minnesota 16, Ohio State 11). The Buckeyes held their one-goal lead until 16:16 of the third when the Gophers deadlocked the score at one. Ohio State went to overtime for the fifth time this season and picked up its first OT win. Christian Lampasso scored at 3:44 of the extra session, set up by Dakota Joshua and Luke Stork. Buckeye goalie Sean Romeo made 33 saves in the win and the Ohio State penalty was 5-for-5, with the power play 1-for-4.

Postgame comments from Coach Rohlik, Lampasso and Jobst after the 2-1 OT win over the Gophers. #GoBucks

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) December 9, 2017

In the First Period
The lone goal of the first period was scored by the Buckeyes on the power play at 14:46. Wyatt Ege passed to Matthew Weis in the faceoff circle and he directed the puck to Mason Jobst in the slot. He found Tanner Laczynski on the right wing and he beat the Gopher goalie short side for his seventh goal of the year. The assist was point 100 for Jobst as a Buckeye.

The Buckeyes had the shot advantage in the period, 10-7. Each team had two power play chances.

In the Second Period
The teams combined for 27 shots on net but no goals in the second period. Minnesota put 16 o, including seven in its three power play chances combined, and Ohio State had 11 go through. The Buckeyes had one power play, with a second chance carrying into the third.

In the Third Period
The Buckeyes maintained their one-goal lead until 16:16 of the third when Rem Pitlick scored right in front, redirecting a pass from Casey Mittelstadt.

Minnesota had the shot advantage in the stanza, 11-4, with two of the Buckeyes’ shots coming in the final minute.

In Overtime
The Buckeyes had the only three shots on goal in OT. On the gamewinner, Luke Stork carried the puck into the Gopher zone. Dakota Joshua got to it anddrove to the net, finding Christian Lampasso all alone at the far post and he converted the pass at 3:44.

Buckeyes win!

Lampasso with the OT winner for a 2-1 victory over No. 7 Minnesota. #GoBucks

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) December 9, 2017

Blocking the Puck
Ohio State was outshot, 34-28, in the game. Sean Romeo had 33 saves in the Buckeye net while playing 63:31, moving his goals-against average to 1.99, ranking in the Top 10 nationally.

Eric Schierhorn had 26 saves in 63:44 for the Gophers.

Ohio State blocked 20 Gopher shot attempts. Sasha Larocque and Matt Joyaux each blocked four, with Austin Pooley and Luke Stork blocking two each. In all, 12 Buckeyes had at least one shot block.

Special Teams
The Buckeyes were 1-for-4 on the power play in the game. They are 5-for-19 (.263) in the last five games combined.

Ohio State’s penalty kill was 5-for-5, its fourth 5-for-5 game this season. The squad leads the NCAA, holding opponents scoreless on 59-of-64 (.922) chances.

Junior Mason Jobst had an assist on the first period power play goal for the 100th point of his Buckeye career. He joins Ryan Dzingel (2014) and RJ Umberger (2003) as Ohio State players to hit triple digits in three years since 2001. As a Buckeye, Jobst has 38 goals and 62 points in 91 games. This season, he has a 7-8-15 line.

💯 Congrats to Mason Jobst on career point No. 100.

First Buckeye to hit triple digits as a junior since Ryan Dzingel in 2014. #GoBucks

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) December 9, 2017

Senior Janik Moser marked his 100th game in the Scarlet and Gray Friday vs. the Gophers.

Quoting the Buckeyes
Steve Rohlik, head coach
On rebounding after last weekend
“We had to have a short term memory to be honest with you, and it all started on Monday. These guys made the decision to come back, work hard and refocus. I have a great group and these guys put the time in this week. For the most part I liked a lot of our game tonight. Obviously there are some things we need to correct but again, Minnesota is always a measuring stick, and for us to get that win at the end is big.”

On things he liked tonight
“I liked how we played defensively the first half of the game, we didn’t give up much right away. We scored a big power play goal and in the end, it’s the difference … I don’t think they had a power play goal and we had one so when you look at it at the end of the game, special teams is key. Any time in the third period they get revved up and their D get involved, they can get a lot of odd man rushes and that’s some things we have to take away from them.”

Mason Jobst, junior forward
On reaching 100 points
“It means a lot to me. It was a milestone I wasn’t sure that I would get when I first got here. But, I am surrounded by a bunch of great players – last year, this year and freshman year – and a coaching staff that has put me in a great position to be successful.”

Christian Lampasso, senior forward
On Romeo’s play in goal and the team defensive effort
“I think a big thing this year is our defensive play. We’ve played very good defensively because when someone comes down and you are not scared that Romeo will let anything in, it’s always nice. We did a great job of blocking shots tonight. Larocque had a few great blocks, Pooley also had a couple big ones. So, it’s not just Romeo playing great defense, it’s our whole team. But it’s good having someone so solid in the net.”

Noting the Buckeyes
Tanner Laczynski leads the Buckeyes with 14 points and 21 assists on the year and shares the team goal lead with seven. He has a point in seven of the last eight games (4g, 8a, 12p).
Matthew Weis’ assist in the first period was point 99 of his Buckeye career. He has a 5-9-14 line this season.
• The Buckeyes are holding opponents to 2.18 goals per game this season, ranking in the Top 10 nationally in team defense. It was the eighth time this season the team allowed one or fewer goals.
• The overtime win was the Buckeyes’ first since March 17, 2016 vs. Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament. The squad is now 1-0-4 in overtime this season.
• Lampasso, who entered the season with four goals in his first three years, has six goals this season.