November 27, 2021

No. 17 Buckeyes Post 3-2 Win over Mercyhurst

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – With a goal and an assist each, Kamil Sadlocha and Georgii Merkulov led the No. 17 Ohio State men’s hockey team to a 3-2 win over Mercyhurst Saturday in Value City Arena in the Schottenstein Center. The teams were tied at two midway through the third period but Sadlocha notched the go-ahead goal at 11:22 off an assist from Merkulov and Ohio State closed out the win.

The Buckeyes are now 8-4 on the year, with the Lakers 4-6-4.

The Short Story

No goals were scored in the first period. Buckeye defenseman James Marooney notched his first career goal early in the second to put Ohio State ahead, but Mercyhurst tied the game at 9:51. In the final two minutes of the period Kamil Sadlocha set up Georgii Merkulov for a tally and 2-1 Buckeye lead after 40 minutes. Mercyhurst deadlocked the score at 9:22 of the third before Merkulov and Sadlocha connected again, with Sadlocha scoring the eventual gamewinner at 11:22. The Buckeyes outshot the Lakers, 43-23, and blocked 17 Mercyhurst shot attempts in the win.

Up Next

Ohio State will hit the road for two games at Notre Dame next weekend. The teams will meet at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and at 6 p.m. Dec. 4. NBCSN will televise game one, with game two on the NBC Sports app. Ohio State Radio will also carry the action.

Three home games follow – vs. Michigan Dec. 10-11 and against Bowling Green Dec. 16. The first half wraps up at BG Dec. 17.

Quoting head coach Steve Rohlik

On having different players contribute each night

“That’s the recipe for our success. It has been all year and I think you’re going to see that as we continue to go. As a coach you don’t have to rely on one or two guys. Somebody else is stepping up every night and tonight was exactly what we needed.”

How it Happened

  • There were no goals in the first period, with Ohio State owning the shot advantage, 9-3.
  • In the second, James Marooney put in the rebound of a Dalton Messina shot off an odd-man rush to open the scoring. The goal was the first for Marooney as a Buckeye and the assist was Messina’s first career point. Joe Dunlap also assisted on the goal, which came at 4:43.
  • The Lakers tied the game with a power play goal at 9:51, as Mickey Burns got behind the Buckeye defense as Ohio State was changing.
  • With 1:38 left in the second Georgii Merkulov put Ohio State ahead again, as Sadlocha found him all alone in front and he waited out the goalie for his third goal of the season. Cam Thiesing had the second assist on the tally.
  • Shots were 18-12 in favor of the Buckeyes in the second.
  • Mercyhurst again tied the game, when Austin Heidermann scored unassisted on a long shot at 9:22 of the third.
  • Exactly two minutes later Sadlocha put Ohio State in the lead, taking a pass from Merkulov and scoring his third goal of the year. Will Riedell picked up the second assist.
  • Mercyhurst pulled its goalie for the final 39 seconds put was unable to score.
  • Ohio State led in shots, 16-8, in the third.
  • The Buckeyes outshot the Lakers in the game, 43-23. Jakub Dobes had 21 saves in all 60 minutes for Ohio State. Ohio State blocked 17 shots, with Marooney leading the way with a career-high five and Mason Lohrei and Riedell each blocking three. Mercyhurst had 14 shot blocks and goalie Kyle McClellan had 40 stops.
  • Mercyhurst was 1-for-3 on the power play, with Ohio State 0-for-4, with 11 Buckeye shots on goal with the man advantage.

Buckeye This and That

  • Ohio State has allowed two or fewer goals in nine of 12 games this season and is holding opponents to 2.0 goals per game.
  • Merkulov is tied with Lohrei for the team scoring lead with 10 points each. Lohrei is first with eight assists, followed by Merkulov with seven.
  • Merkulov had a goal and an assist in each game vs. Mercyhurst, marking his first career multiple-point outings.
  • Sadlocha had his second career two-point night and second game with two points this season.