December 27, 2019

No. 6t/7 Buckeyes Battle to 3-2 Win over Colgate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Behind two third-period goals, the No. 6t/7-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team defeated Colgate, 3-2, Friday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes trailed 2-1 since early in the second period but were able to rally in the third to extend their unbeaten streak to six (5-0-1).

Ohio State improves to 11-4-2 on the year (6-3-1-0 Big Ten). The Raiders fall to 7-8-4 (5-2-1 ECAC). The game opened the second half of the season for both teams.

The Buckeyes and Raiders will close the nonconference series at 4 p.m. Saturday in Columbus. Note the time is earlier than previously released schedules. The Buckeyes will hold a meet and greet postgame on the concourse level.

The Short Story

Colgate opened the scoring just 3:15 into the game but Buckeye sophomore Quinn Preston tied the score with a power play goal at 11:51. The Raiders again scored early, taking a 2-1 lead 1:50 into the second. The score remained 2-1 in favor of Colgate until near the midpoint of the third period. Tanner Laczynski deadlocked the game at 8:58 and Preston scored the eventual gamewinner at 16:48. Gustaf Westlund and Matt Miller each had two assists in the game, while Laczynski had two points on a goal and an assist. Goalie Tommy Nappier had 26 saves for Ohio State.

Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik

“This was a hard-fought win. For two periods, we weren’t at our best. Give Colgate credit – they are a good team. In the third, we played hard and were able to make some things happen.”

Ohio State 3, Colgate 2

In the First … Colgate opened the scoring at 3:15, as Griffin Lunn scored after Henry Marshall forced a turnover behind the net. Ohio State tied the game at 11:51, as Quinn Preston tipped a Matt Miller shot on the power play, with Gustaf Westlund also assisting. The goal was Preston’s fifth of the year. Shots were 6-5 in favor of Colgate in the period.

In the Second … The only goal was scored by the Raiders at 1:50, with Tyler Jeanson redirecting a shot from Paul Meyer. Buckeye goalie Tommy Nappier had 13 saves in the period, as Ohio State was outshot, 14-8.

In the Third … At 8:58 Tanner Laczynski tied the game, as he deflected a shot from Grant Gabriele, with Westlun also assisting. Preston then put Ohio State ahead 3-2 at 16:48, with a shot from Miller deflected first by Laczynski and then Preston past the Colgate goalie. The Buckeyes had 17 shots on goal in the period, with Colgate putting eight on net.

Shots … The Buckeyes ended the game with the edge in shots, 30-28. Nappier played all 60 minutes and had 26 saves, while Colgate’s Andrew Farrier had 27 saves in 59:52. Ohio State blocked 12 shots, led by Wyatt Ege with two.

Special Teams … The Buckeyes scored once on four power play chances and were 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.

Buckeye This and That … Westlund and Laczynski lead the Buckeyes with 17 points each … as a team, the Buckeyes are holding opponents to 1.88 goals a game, ranking seventh in the NCAA … the squad has held opponents to two or less goals in 14 of 17 games … Miller played in his 100th career game and had his third two-point game of the season, the eighth of his career … the Buckeyes are on a six-game unbeaten streak and are 6-0-1 in their last seven games at home, with a 7-1-1 overall record in Columbus … the Buckeyes have played in 10 one-goal games this season, with a 6-4 record in the games; eight of the last 11 games have been decided by one goal.