UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The No. 4/5-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team posted a 4-1 victory over Penn State Friday in Pegula Ice Arena. The teams were tied at one after the first period but the Buckeyes scored twice in the second and added a late goal in the third while shutting out the Nittany Lions for the final 41:06 for the conference win.
The Buckeyes improve to 14-5-4 overall and 7-3-3-2 in Big Ten play, while Penn State falls to 13-8-2 and 5-7-1-1 in league action. The teams will close the weekend series at 3 p.m. Saturday. Note the time has been moved up because of the impending winter weather.
Buckeye Tanner Laczynski led the squad with three points on a goal and two assists, with his first period assist point 100 of his Buckeye career. He is the third Buckeye since 2003 to hit the 100-point mark as a junior.
Ohio State freshman Gustaf Westlund scored twice and senior Mason Jobst had two helpers in the victory, while Sean Romeo made 24 saves in the Buckeye net.
Ohio State 4, Penn State 1
In the first … The teams traded power play goals in the first period. Gustaf Westlund opened the scoring for the Buckeyes at 7:14, scoring from the faceoff circle. Matt Miller and Tanner Laczynski assisted on the tally. The Nittany Lions tied the game when Ludvig Larson redirected a shot at 18:54. Shots were 10-9 in favor of Ohio State.
In the second … The Buckeyes scored the only goals of the second period. At 3:10 Laczynski put the Buckeyes ahead, one-timing a pass from Mason Jobst. Gordi Myer had the second assist on the 5-on-3 power play goal. At 9:52 Westlund notched his second of the game. Quinn Preston sent the puck down the boards to Jobst behind the net. He remained there untouched while the Buckeyes changed and passed out to Westlund coming into the zone, who chipped it past the goalie. Ohio State outshot Penn State, 11-7, in the period.
In the third … The only goal of the final stanza came with 1:58 left in regulation, as Laczynski found Ronnie Hein in the slot for a goal, with Freddy Gerard also assisting. The Buckeye penalty kill was 3-for-3 in the period, including a 39 second stretch of 5-on-3 advantage for Penn State with less than eight minutes remaining. Ohio State had 12 shots in the period, with the Nittany Lions putting nine on net.
Shots … Ohio State outshot Penn State, 33-25, in the win. Romeo played 59:52 for the Buckeyes and had 24 saves. Peyton Jones made 29 stops in all 60 minutes for Penn State. The Buckeyes blocked 16 shot attempts, led by Myer with four and Sasha Larocque with three.
Special Teams … Each team had six power play chances. The Buckeyes scored twice with the man advantage and Penn State’s lone goal was on the power play.
Buckeye This and That … Jobst leads the Buckeyes with 27 points, while Laczynski has a team-high 15 assists and is second with 23 points … Westlund had his second career two-goal game (and second in his last three outings) … Laczynski joins Jobst and Ryan Dzingel (2014) as Buckeyes to reach 100 points as a junior since 2003 … the Buckeyes have held teams to two goals or less in 18 of 23 games this season and are allowing 2.13 an outing … Ohio State has three or more goals in six of the last seven games.
No. 4 @OhioStateMHKY dominates the ice tonight. They take down Penn State, 4-1.
Leading scorer of the night, Gustaf Westlund, recaps the keys to tonight's win. pic.twitter.com/nuUZEOP791
— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) January 19, 2019
Quoting head coach Steve Rohlik
On the game
“We always preach team defense. It’s staying five-man connected and playing a 200-foot game. When our team is at its best we play responsible with five guys. You saw it tonight. You have to against a team like this. If you’ve going to be lazy and play separated you’re going to get beat – they’re just too dangerous.”
On Tanner Laczynski’s impact on the team
“Tanner is a big-time player for us. I love his practice habits. That’s something not a lot of people see. The way he prepares and what he does Monday through Thursday is why he has success on the weekends. When you see something like that, that’s culture. When every guy on your team watches one of your better players do that every day, that’s what you want in your culture. That’s what he means to this program.”
Quoting junior forward Tanner Laczynski
“I think that was one of our most complete games thus far. We competed, played well in our systems and just played an overall good team game. Special teams played a big part tonight. It’s a good win, we will get back at it tomorrow to try and get the sweep.”
Goal #1 … Westlund’s third of the year … Laczynski’s assist was career point 100.
Freshman Gustaf Westlund put the Buckeyes on the board with his third goal of the season.
— Ohio State Men's Hockey (@OhioStateMHKY) January 19, 2019