January 5, 2020

No. 6/7 Buckeyes Prevail in OT vs. Army West Point, 2-1

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LAS VEGAS – Buckeye senior forward Carson Meyer’s goal 1:17 into overtime lifted the No. 6/7 Ohio State men’s hockey team to a 2-1 victory over No. 20 Army West Point in the consolation game of the Fortress Invitational Saturday in T-Mobile Arena. The Buckeyes trailed 1-0 after the first period, but Tanner Laczynski scored shorthanded to tie the game in the second and Meyer clinched the win in OT.

The Buckeyes improve to 13-5-2 on the year, with a 7-1-1 record in their last nine games. Army West Point is 13-7-1 this season. The game was the third of a tripleheader of hockey in the arena Saturday, with an NHL game (that went to overtime), the championship game of the Fortress Invitational (a 2-2 OT tie between No. 2 Cornell and No. 14 Providence, with the Friars scoring in a shootout for the trophy) and the consolation game. Puck drop for the Buckeyes and Black Knights game was at 9:25 p.m. PST.

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Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik

“Coming into it you knew it was going to be a measuring stick going against the teams in this tournament. This was four really good hockey teams. We are far from a finished product. That’s the biggest thing I’ve taken away. We have a long way to go to get where we need to be.”

Quoting Buckeye senior forward Carson Meyer

“Winning against Army was a big win for us. They are a very hard working team and this was a tough weekend, but we battled and earned the victory.”

Ohio State 2, Army West Point 1 OT

In the First … The Black Knights opened the scoring at 17:14, with John Keranen tallying from the high slot. The Buckeyes outshot Army West Point, which had the only power play chance, 9-7.

In the Second … The Buckeyes tied the game in the second on an unassisted Tanner Laczynski goal. On the penalty kill, Laczynski battled for the puck along the boards by the Buckeye blueline. His stick was held going into the zone but he was able to get to get free, drive the net and score. The tally was his seventh of the season, his team-best 20th point of the year, and his first career shorthanded score. Ohio State outshot the Black Knights, 11-6, in the period. The Buckeyes were 0-for-3 on the power play in the stanza, with Army West Point 0-for-1.

In the Third … Neither team was able to break the tie in the third period, with the Buckeyes putting 12 shots on net and Army West Point getting six shots through. Neither team had a power play chance.

In Overtime … On the winner, Gustaf Westlund and Sam McCormick won the puck battle along the wall. McCormick carried low and put a shot on the goalie, with the rebound going off Carson Meyer in front at 1:17.

Shots … The Buckeyes outshot the Golden Knights, 33-19. Tommy Nappier had 18 saves in 61:17 for the Buckeyes and Army’s Trevin Kozlowski had 31 stops. The Buckeyes blocked 12 shots, led by Gordi Myer with three and Eugene Fadyeyev and CJ Regula with two each. Nappier now has a 1.86 goals-against average and .933 save percentage this year.

Special Teams … The Buckeyes were 0-for-3 with the man advantage, with Army 0-for-2.