Feb. 23, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sean Romeo made 36 saves and 13 Buckeyes posted at least one point in a 6-2 win by the No. 6 Ohio State men’s hockey team over Wisconsin Friday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes trailed 2-1 after the second period but notched five third-period goals for the victory, improving to 20-8-5 overall this season and 13-8-2-1 in Big Ten play.
The Buckeyes and Badgers (14-16-4, 8-12-4-1 B1G) close the series and regular season at 7 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena. The six members of the Buckeye senior class will be recognized pregame and it is First Responders Appreciation Night.
Ohio State 6, Wisconsin 2 – The Short Story
Wisconsin controlled the first period, outshooting the Buckeyes 15-6, and carried a 1-0 lead into intermission. Ohio State tied the game at one early in the second on a Dakota Joshua goal, but the Badgers scored at 16:26 to regain the one-goal advantage through 40 minutes.
Ohio State opened the third period with an extended power play and tied the game at 1:41 on a goal by Tanner Laczynski. Just 41 seconds later Joshua notched his second of the night to put Ohio State ahead for the first time. The Buckeyes scored three more times before the end of the period, with Christian Lampasso, Laczynski and Brendon Kearney all tallying, for the 6-2 final. Mason Jobst and Freddy Gerard each had two helpers in the win, while Lampasso added an assist for a two-point night. Goalie Sean Romeo made 36 saves for the Buckeyes and Matt Miller blocked five shots. Ohio State was 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 1-for-5 with the man advantage.
— Ohio State Men's Hockey (@OhioStateMHKY) February 24, 2018
In the First Period
Wisconsin scored the lone goal of the first period when Linus Weissbach tallied at 13:45.
The Badgers outshot the Buckeyes, 15-6, in the period, including 10-2 early. Ohio State was 2-for-2 on the penalty kill in the stanza.
In the Second Period
Ohio State tied the game at one when Dakota Joshua scored from right in front at 4:52, as Luke Stork found him with a pass from the wall. Freddy Gerard had the second assist on the tally. The Badgers pushed back ahead at 16:26 when Matthew Freytag tallied after Wisconsin forced a turnover near the Buckeye blueline.
Ohio State had 12 shots in the period, with Wisconsin putting 11 on net. Two late penalties on the Badgers put Ohio State on a 5-on-3 power play that carried over into the third.
In the Third Period
Ohio State did not convert on the 5-on-3, but Tanner Laczynski tied the game at two during the 5-on-4 at 1:41. Mason Jobst carried across the zone before he found Laczynski at the far post. Wyatt Ege also assisted on the power play goal. Just 41 seconds later Dakota Joshua gave Ohio State the lead. Christian Lampasso won a faceoff back to Matt Joyaux. His shot was saved, but Joshua was there for the rebound at 2:22.
At 10:26 Lampasso redirected a shot by Gordi Myer for a 4-2 Buckeye advantage, with Matt Miller also assisting. Laczynski notched his second of the night at 15:51. Freddy Gerard passed to Matthew Weis in the faceoff circle and he moved the puck to Laczynski, who was all alone in front with the goalie out of position. The final goal came at 17:07. On the last goal, Kevin Miller took a pass from Mason Jobst in the Buckeye zone and skated all the way behind the Badger net. He passed out to Brendon Kearney in front and he one-timed a shot for a 6-2 Ohio State lead.
Shots were 16-12 in favor of the Buckeyes in the period. Ohio State had four total power play chances in the period and ended the game on a 5-on-3 advantage. The Buckeyes killed one Wisconsin power play chance in the stanza.
— Ohio State Men's Hockey (@OhioStateMHKY) February 24, 2018
Blocking the Puck
Ohio State was outshot, 38-34, in the game. Junior Sean Romeo made 36 saves in all 60 minutes for the Buckeyes. He has a 2.06 goals-against average and .928 save percentage on the year, ranking in the Top 10 in the NCAA in both categories.
Wisconsin goalie Kyle Hayton had 28 saves in all 60 minutes.
Ohio State had 16 shot blocks, led by Matt Miller with four, with Gordi Myer and Matt Joyaux each blocking two.
The Buckeyes are tied for fifth in the NCAA in team defense, allowing 2.12 goals per game.
Ohio State was 3-for-3 on the penalty kill in the win. The squad leads the NCAA on the penalty kill, stopping 110-of-121 (.909) of their opponents’ chances.
The Buckeyes were 1-for-5 with the man advantage and have a power play goal in 10 of the last 14 games. The squad is 30-for-134 (.224), ranking in the Top 15 in the NCAA.
On the Scoresheet
• The six goals by the Buckeyes was a season high, topping their eight five-goal games.
• Tanner Laczynski had his second two-goal game of the season. He has a team-best 25 assists and 39 points on the year, sharing the goal lead with Mason Jobst with 14 each. He leads the Big Ten in points overall and is two off the lead in Big Ten games only with a 9-16-25 line.
• Mason Jobst has 33 points this season, with at least one point in eight of the last 10 outings, sharing the team goal lead with 14 and posting 19 assists. He is three off the Big Ten lead with 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points in conference play.
• Dakota Joshua now has three two-goal games on the year and has 13 goals this season, adding nine assists for 22 points.
• Freddy Gerard is on a three-game assist streak, with four helpers in the stretch. He has a career-high 10 goals, 11 assists and 21 points on the year.
• Christian Lampasso, who has a career-best seven goals this year, had his first two-point game of the season.
Quoting the Buckeyes
Steve Rohlik, Head Coach
On turning around the play after the first period
“I think our guys decided that we needed to show up and play. For whatever reason, and give credit to Wisconsin, they had us on our heels, winning all the one on one battles and beating us to every loose puck. It was truly a period you would like to forget so I think our guys decided it was time to get out there and play.”
On Sean Romeo making key saves
“Again, I think that’s what is called a team. We are not always going to be at our best and you need a guy like that to step up. Obviously, he’s been that rock back there for us and that constant.”
On the physicality of the game
“I think that’s hockey. There’s some frustration and intensity, it’s a part of the game. I just try to tell our guys to stay focused and take care of ourselves. I expect a competitive game again tomorrow and for us, we certainly don’t want to spend the game in the penalty box. We want to stay disciplined in what we need to do. So again it’s a part of hockey, it’s a part of our rivalry and tomorrow is a new day.”
Tanner Laczynski, sophomore forward
On ending his scoring drought
“I went on a little bit of a slump, but everyone has slumps. I just stuck to it and kept working hard in practice. I knew it was just a matter of time [until I scored again].”
On his two goals
“It was two great plays: Mason on the power play with an unbelievable pass in front and Freddy Gerard forechecking and winning that battle, and he gave it to [Matt Weis] who gave it to me.”
Mason Jobst, junior forward
On keeping the bench focused
“We know tomorrow is going to be competitive as well and we don’t want to lose guys to stupid penalties. So we just tried to stay composed. It was a 6-2 game, there’s no need to take any dumb penalties at that point in the game.”