November 16, 2018

No. 6 Buckeyes Blank Badgers, 4-0

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 6-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey notched its third consecutive shutout, blanking Wisconsin, 4-0, Friday in Value City Arena  in game one of a Big Ten series between the teams. The win was victory No. 100 for Steve Rohlik in his collegiate coaching career.

The Buckeyes, now 7-3-1 (2-1-0-0 B1G), and Badgers (5-6-0, 1-2-0-0 B1G) will wrap up the weekend series in Columbus at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Buckeye goalie Sean Romeo stopped all 32 shots for his third shutout in a row, the first Ohio State goalie to notch three straight shutouts as a starter. Senior Brendon Kearney had a career-high two goals in the win, with Tanner Laczynski and Mason Jobst each scoring on the power play.

The Buckeye Goals

  • Ohio State scored twice in the final 48 seconds of the first period – with the goals 25 seconds apart – for a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.
  • On the power play, Gustaf Westlund found Tanner Laczynski alone in the high slot and his wrist shot beat the Badger goalie at 19:12. Dakota Joshua had the second assist on the tally.
  • At 19:37 Brendon Kearney was able to redirect a loose puck over the line, set up by Matt Miller and Ronnie Hein.
  • The lone goal of the second period came on the power play, as Mason Jobst had a shot from the left post sneak through. Laczynski and Westlund assisted on the goal, which came at 4:30.
  • The final tally was scored at 10:51 of the third period. After winning a faceoff to Sam McCormick, Brendon Kearney was able to get to the rebound of a McCormick shot and score into the top corner.

On the Defensive Side

  • Sean Romeo stopped all 32 shots he faced for his third shutout in a row and the fifth of his career. The 32 stops were a season high for the senior.
  • Romeo had eight saves in the first period, 10 in the second and 14 in the third, with seven stops on the penalty kill (three chances) during the final stanza.
  • The Buckeyes blocked 17 shots, led by junior defenseman Gordi Myer with four.
  • This is the second time in program history Ohio State has posted three consecutive shutouts as a team, matching the feat set by the 20011-12 squad, which blanked Alaska Oct. 28, 2011 and then did not allow a goal in a sweep at Alabama Huntsville Nov. 4-5, 2011.
  • Ohio State is allowing 1.91 goals per game this season.
  • The squad has allowed two goals in the last five games combined, with four shutouts in the stretch. On the year, the team has held opponents to two or fewer goals in nine of 11 games.

Special Teams

  • Ohio State was 2-for-5 on the power play. It was the team’s second game with multiple power play goals this year and the first since the season opener. It ended a streak of three games with no power play goals.
  • The Buckeyes were 6-for-6 on the penalty kill, the second 6-for-6 night of the year. The team has not allowed a power play tally in the last five games.

Buckeye This and That

  • Tanner Laczynski and Mason Jobst share the Buckeye point lead with nine each.
  • Laczynski had his third two-point game of the year.
  • Freshman Gustaf Westlund had two assists for his first multiple-point game as a Buckeye. He has a team-best six assists on the year.
  • Brendon Kearney marked the first two-goal game of his Buckeye career.
  • The Buckeyes were outshot for the first time this season.

Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik

On his 100th career coaching win
“The biggest thing with the 100 wins is that I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by great players and people. That is what means the most to me and this is never a one-guy show. All the players that have been here, alumni and of course the staff are great.”

On the shutout
“Our guys aren’t thinking about a shutout, they are thinking about how to get better, playing solid defense and doing the best we can. We just want to score one more goal than the other team and lately we’ve been on a roll defensively, but to me at the end of the day we just want to keep on getting better.”