October 1, 2022

No. 16/18 Buckeyes Open Year with 4-2 Win at Mercyhurst

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 16/18 Ohio State men’s hockey team kicked off its season with a 4-2 victory at Mercyhurst Saturday evening in Erie, Pa. The teams were tied at one entering the third but Ohio State scored twice in less than two minutes to go ahead 3-1. Mercyhurst drew within one but an empty net tally sealed the win.

The Buckeyes and Lakers will wrap up the nonconference series at 4:05 p.m. Sunday in Erie. The game will be streamed through FloHockey.tv, with live stats available. Gameday Links

The Short Story

Ohio State freshman Davis Burnside notched the only goal of the first period before the game was four minutes old. The Lakers answered with an early tally in the second and the teams entered the final period tied at 1.

In the third, Gustaf Westlund put the Buckeyes ahead at 9:29 and at 11:28 Patrick Guzzo scored shorthanded for a 3-1 Ohio State advantage. Mercyhurst made it a one-goal game at 15:08 but was unable to get the equalizer, despite pulling its goalie for the extra attacker with 30 seconds left. Kamil Sadlocha gave Ohio State a two-goal cushion with an empty net tally with 10 seconds left.

Travis Treloar led the Buckeyes with two assists, Westlund added an assist for a two-point night and goalie Jakub Dobes made 25 saves for the victory. Ohio State outshot Mercyhurst, 44-27, and was 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.

Quoting head coach Steve Rohlik

“This was a good hard-fought win on the road. For the first game of the year it was a bit of a scramble and it was nice to come out on the right side. Lots of guys contributed tonight.”

Quoting fifth-year senior Gustaf Westlund

“It’s always good to start off the year with a win. We got a good feel for what we are as a team and what we can do. It also gave us an idea of what we have to keep working on to get better.”

How It Happened

  • Freshman Davis Burnside scored his first career goal and the Buckeyes’ first of the year just 3:52 into the game. Gustaf Westlund carried into the zone and his shot was blocked away by a Laker defenseman. It went to Burnside, who backhanded the puck toward the goal from the faceoff circle; it got through traffic and in.
  • Ohio State outshot the Lakers, 15-7, in the opening period.
  • The Lakers tied the game early in the second when Jonathan Berndorf put in a rebound right in front.
  • The teams combined for 27 shots on goal in the second period, with Ohio State ahead, 15-12.
  • Two goals in 1:59 put the Buckeyes ahead. At 9:29 Travis Treloar carried into the zone and passed to Gustaf Westlund for a shot from the high slot that beat the goalie. Joe Dunlap had the second assist, as he passed Treloar the puck in the neutral zone.
  • Patrick Guzzo followed with a shorthanded goal. On the penalty kill, CJ Regula won the battle along the wall and passed up to Guzzo. He was able to break out on a 2-on-1 and scored from the right side.
  • With 4:52 left the Lakers made it a one-goal game as Garrett Dahm converted a rebound.
  • Mercyhurst pulled its goalie late and Kamil Sadlocha clinched the win with an empty net goal with 10 seconds remaining. Travis Treloar won the puck in the Ohio State zone and passed to Tate Singleton, who sent Sadlocha out of the zone and he converted from just across the red line.
  • Shots were 14-8 in favor of Ohio State in the third.
  • Ohio State outshot Mercyhurst, 44-27. The Lakers blocked 22 Ohio State shot attempts. Singleton had two of the Buckeyes’ seven blocks.
  • The Buckeye penalty kill was 5-for-5 and did not allow a shot on goal on the Lakers’ final three chances, including one in the third.

Buckeye This and That

  • Freshmen Burnside, Tyler Duke and Stephen Halliday all skated in their first collegiate games and senior transfer Scooter Brickey made his debut in the Scarlet and Gray.
  • Guzzo’s shorthanded goal was the second of his career.
  • Treloar had his fourth career two-assist game and first since March 4, 2021 vs. Arizona State.
  • Ohio State is 5-4-1 in season openers under head coach Steve Rohlik and 31-25-4 all-time in the first game of a season.
  • October 1 was the earliest start date to the regular season in program history.