October 6, 2017

No. 19 Ohio State Wins Season Opener at No. 12 Wisconsin, 3-2


Oct. 6, 2017

Final Stats

MADISON, Wis. – The No. 19-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team scored twice in the final five minutes to overcome a 2-1 deficit and down No. 12 Wisconsin, 3-2, in the Buckeyes’ regular season opener. The game also marked the start of Big Ten play for both teams.

The Buckeyes (1-0-0, 1-0-0-0 B1G) and Badgers (1-1-0, 0-1-0-0 B1G) close the weekend series at 5 p.m. ET Saturday in Madison. The game will be streamed through BTN Plus and on the radio at 1460 AM in Columbus.

Ohio State 3, Wisconsin 2, Briefly
After a scoreless first, the Buckeyes trailed 1-0 after a Badger goal 7:38 into the second. Mason Jobst tied the game at 14:31 of the stanza with an #SCTop10 Play of the Day goal, assisted by Freddy Gerard. In the third, Wisconsin again went ahead, converting on a penalty shot at 10:22. Buckeye sophomore Sam McCormick found junior John Wiitala alone in front and he scored to tie the game at two with five minutes remaining. With 1:16 remaining, Gerard found Jobst in front and he scored to put the Buckeyes in front for the first time. In his first game for the Buckeyes, redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo had 18 saves.


Mason Jobst scored, assisted by Freddy Gerard, with 1:16 left in regulation for a 3-2 Buckeye win at Wisconsin. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/QZZmCCpEI3

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) October 7, 2017

Quoting junior captain Mason Jobst, who scored two goals
“Tonight was a great team win against a good team on the road. I’m proud of the boys. I thought we worked really hard and did a lot of good things. We battled though some adversity in the third and got the win. Tomorrow should be another good battle.

Quoting junior Brendon Kearney, who received the Buckeye hard hat postgame from his teammates
“After last weekend everyone wanted to come back strong this weekend. We put a great week of practice in and played a complete team game tonight. We know the job is only half done and can’t wait to get back after it tomorrow night.”

Quoting head coach Steve Rohlik
On the team mentality after Wisconsin went ahead in the third with a the penalty shot goal
“What I heard on the bench was let’s keep going. That’s our motto right now. We have to keep working and keep trying to get better.”

On the win
“We played hard, we’re playing a really good hockey team. We got a couple bounces tonight and it just seemed to go our way there at the end.”

In the First …
Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the first period. Ohio State put eight shots on net, with the Badgers getting four through. Ohio State had two power plays in the period, including one abbreviated chance, and Wisconsin was 0-for-1.

In the Second …
The Badgers’ Trent Frederic opened the scoring, converting on the rush at 7:38. Mason Jobst tied the game at 14:31. Freddy Gerard won the puck in the neutral zone and Jobst picked it up, skating in on the UW goalie. He was hooked down, but was able to score on a backhand while falling. Shots were 9-8 in favor of the Badgers in the stanza. Ohio State had the only two power play chances.

Captain Mason Jobst tied the game at 1 in the second period with his first – the Buckeyes’ first – goal of the year. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/9H23a4cknD

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) October 7, 2017

In the Third …
All the scoring came in the final 10 minutes of regulation. At 10:22 Wisconsin’s Tarek Baker converted a penalty shot after a Buckeye was whistled for throwing his stick. Sam McCormick found John Wiitala alone in front of the net and he scored at 15:00. On the final goal, Jobst carried the puck on the rush and passed to Gerard. He found Jobst in the slot, as he notched his second goal of the night. Wisconsin pulled its goalie in the final minute, but the Buckeye defense held. Ohio State outshot Wisconsin, 8-7, in the period and had the lone power play opportunity.

WATCH: McCormick finds Wiitala in front and Wiitala converts, tying the score at 2. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/wY8H38aJin

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) October 7, 2017

Blocking the Puck
Ohio State outshot Wisconsin, 24-20, in the game. Sean Romeo played all 60 minutes for the Buckeyes and made 18 saves. Wisconsin goalie Kyle Hayton made 21 stops in 59:06.

Ohio State blocked 12 shots in the game, led by redshirt senior Matt Joyaux and junior Brendon Kearney with three each.

Special Teams
Ohio State was scoreless on five power play chances. Wisconsin had one chance in the game.

Game Notes
• In addition to Romeo, freshman Austin Pooley made his Buckeye debut, while redshirt sophomore transfer Wyatt Ege played his first game for the Scarlet and Gray.
• Senior Matthew Weis played in the 100th game of his Buckeye career.
• Jobst, who led the Big Ten in scoring last year, had his fourth two-goal game and first since Feb. 4 at Michigan. It was the 24th multiple point game of his Buckeye career.
• Gerard had his second multi-point outing as a Buckeye and first since two assists and three points at Wisconsin Jan. 9, 2016.
• This was the first time Ohio State opened the season with a league game since 2009.