October 2, 2022

No. 16/18 Buckeyes Win 4-1 to Complete Sweep

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 16/18 Ohio State men’s hockey team opened the campaign with a road sweep of Mercyhurst, closing out the series with a 4-1 win Sunday afternoon in Erie, Pa. Ohio State, which won 4-2 Saturday, led the Lakers 2-0 after the first period and 4-0 early in the second. Mercyhurst got on the board shortly after the fourth Buckeye goal, but neither team scored the rest of the way.

Next Up

Ohio State (2-0-0) will host Wisconsin (0-0-0) at 7 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena to begin Big Ten play. Season, single-game and group tickets and mini plans are all on sale now, with more information HERE. Parking is free for all home games in VCA. The full schedule is available HERE.

The Short Story

Just 59 seconds into the game Cam Thiesing put the Buckeyes on the board. Travis Treloar tallied on the power play at 16:33 of the first and Ohio State led 2-0 after 20 minutes. The Buckeyes scored twice in the first five minutes of the second for a 4-0 lead, with a shorthanded goal from Tate Singleton at 2:17 (the Buckeyes’ second shorty of the weekend) and a power play goal from Jake Wise at 4:52. Mercyhurst broke up the shutout 13 seconds after Wise’s goal, but that was the final tally of the game.

Ohio State outshot the Lakers, 44-19, with 15 shots in the first, 17 in the second and 12 in the third, and did not allow more than seven in a period. Jakub Dobes made 18 saves in the Buckeye net.

On special teams, the Buckeyes converted 2-of-6 power play opportunities and were 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.

Treloar and Wise each had a goal and an assist in the game and Treloar ended the weekend with a team-best four points.

Quoting head coach Steve Rohlik

“This was a good team sweep on the road. We will get back to work on Tuesday to start getting ready for Wisconsin and Big Ten play. We are looking forward to our home opener next weekend.”

Quoting junior Travis Treloar

“I thought we played a great game today and had a solid weekend overall. It’s nice to start the season off with a sweep. Our work ethic was great. We obviously need to keep elevating our game every week and work on some details. But overall, we should be proud of the start we had.”

How It Happened

  • Cam Thiesing put the Buckeyes on the board before the game was a minute old. Jake Wise picked off a Laker clearing attempt and found Gustaf Westlund down low, who passed to Thiesing in the high slot.
  • The Buckeyes extended the lead to 2-0 at 16:33 with a power play goal. Mason Lohrei passed to Travis Treloar at the far post and he put it past the goalie. Michael Gildon had the second assist on the tally.
  • Ohio State notched its second shorthanded goal of the series 2:17 into the second period. James Marooney led Matthew Cassidy out of the zone, who dropped the puck to Tate Singleton and he converted from low in the faceoff circle.
  • Jake Wise pushed the lead to four at 4:52. With Ohio State on the power play, the Buckeyes had a number of chances. Stephen Halliday was able to gather and pass to Treloar. His attempt was saved, but the puck went to Wise in the faceoff circle for a one-timer.
  • The Lakers got on the board 13 seconds after the Buckeye goal, with Carson Briere tallying on a rebound at 5:05.
  • There were no goals the rest of the way.
  • Ohio State ended the game ahead in shots, 44-19, with at least 12 in each period. The Buckeyes did not allow more than seven shots on goal in a stanza.
  • James Marooney led the Buckeyes with three shot blocks, while Dominic Vidoli had two. The Buckeyes blocked 10 shots as a team, with the Lakers recording 19 shot blocks.
  • Ohio State won the special teams battle, converting 2-of-6 power play chances, with 15 shots on goal with the man advantage. The penalty kill was 5-for-5.

Buckeye This and That

  • Halliday’s assist was his first collegiate point.
  • Singleton notched his first career shorthanded goal.
  • Treloar led the Buckeyes with four points in the series (1g, 3a), with two two-point outings. It was his 10th career two-point day and 11th multi-point performance in the Scarlet and Gray.
  • Wise now has eight multiple-point games as a Buckeye.
  • The Buckeyes were 10-for-10 on the penalty kill in the series.