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COLUMBUS – A fast-starting Ohio State offense scored seven first-quarter goals and opened up a 10-3 halftime lead en route to a 17-10 victory over Boston University on Saturday inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The Buckeyes are now 2-0 on the season while BU is 1-1.
THE SHORT STORY
A week after combining for six goals in a season-opening win over Cleveland State, the tandem of Jack Jasinski and Tre Leclaire was at it again. Jasinski and Leclaire combined to score nine times – a career-high five goals from Jasinski and four from Leclaire. The Buckeyes’ offense was both explosive and balanced: eight different players scored at least once and four players had multiple goals. Ohio State scored at least three goals in each quarter and found the back of the net five times in the first eight minutes of the game to build a 5-2 advantage.
“Our offense was very efficient today. Coach Ross did an outstanding job. We saw man, we saw zone and had a great week of practice. Credit guys like Jack [Jasinski] and the seniors on this team.” | Head coach Nick Myers
Head coach Nick Myers: “Our offense was very efficient today. Coach Ross did an outstanding job. We saw man, we saw zone and had a great week of practice. Credit guys like Jack [Jasinski] and the seniors on this team. We honed in on what we knew would be a tough challenge seeing multiple defenses. We did a good job of getting quality looks early.”
Senior Jack Jasinski: “Our goal was to improve from last week and that’s what we did. My teammates put me in some really good positions to score and I was just doing my job.”
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
• Thanks to strong face-off play in the X, Ohio State controlled possession early in the game. The Buckeyes and BU traded goals in the opening three minutes, but Leclaire started a three-goal run over a two-minute span that gave Ohio State a 4-1 lead.
• After the Terriers cut the Ohio State lead to 4-2 at the 9:16 mark of the first quarter, the Buckeyes finished the first stanza with three straight scores – one each by Leclaire, Jackson Reid and Jack Myers – to go ahead 7-2 after the opening 15 minutes. Ohio State would tack on three more goals in the second quarter to build their lead to 10-2, highlighted by Colby Barker’s first career score followed by Jasinski and Colby Smith scores.
• Trailing 11-3 early in the third quarter following Leclaire’s third goal of the afternoon, BU mounted a four-goal run to pull to within four, 11-7, with 7:47 to play in the third quarter.
• Leclaire was able to swing the momentum back in Ohio State’s favor when he scored off a face-off win at the 7:36 mark. From there, Ohio State had at least a four-goal lead the rest of the afternoon.
• In the fourth quarter, Ohio State’s four goals came from Jasinski (two), Lukas Buckley and Barker. The Buckeyes also won five of seven face-offs in the final 15 minutes.
THIS AND THAT
• Jack Myers, a freshman from Bethesda, Md., made his Ohio State debut with a four-point effort on a goal and team-high three assists.
• With four more goals on Saturday, Leclaire has 81 in his 38-game career. He’s 20 goals away from moving into the top-10 all-time in program history.
• Jasinski’s previous single-game high for goals scored was in 2017 vs. Johns Hopkins (four). He also extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one point to 14.
• Freshman goalie Skylar Wahlund made his Ohio State debut and stopped eight shots in nearly 39 minutes of action. Sophomore Josh Kirson played the final 19:34 of regulation and made three saves.
• Ohio State won the ground ball battle 41-25. Justin Inacio picked up a career high 11 while winning 15-of-25 face-offs. Ryan Terefenko picked up six and Matt Borges had five to go along with two caused turnovers.
• Inacio has won 10 or more face-offs in seven straight games dating back to the 2018 season.
JUST THE STATS
Shots: Boston University 52, Ohio State 33
Ground Balls: Ohio State 41, Boston University 25
Face-offs: Ohio State 19-of-30, Boston University 11-of-30
Clears: Ohio State 16-of-17, Boston University 16-of-19
Extra Man: Ohio State 1-of-3, Boston University 2-of-6
Saves: Ohio State (Wahlund 8, Kirson 3) 11, Boston University (McSorley) 3
Turnovers: Ohio State 17, Boston University 11
Ohio State hits the road next week for the first time in the 2019 season as they head east to Amherst, Mass. to take on UMass at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on LaxSportsNet.com.