COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 6t/7-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team moved its unbeaten streak to seven with a 3-0 shutout of Colgate Saturday in Value City Arena. Buckeye goalie Tommy Nappier made 25 saves for his seventh career shutout, while defenseman Gordi Myer had a goal and an assist to pace the offense, along with a +2 rating and three shot blocks.
Ohio State, which beat Colgate 3-2 Friday, is now 12-4-2 on the year (6-3-1-0 Big Ten), with a 6-0-1 record in its last seven games. The Raiders fall to 7-9-4 (5-2-1 ECAC). The Buckeyes improved to 8-1-1 at home this year, wrapping up a stretch of six straight home games 5-0-1.
The Buckeyes head to Las Vegas for the Fortress Invitational, where they will take on No. 3 Cornell in the opening round at 11:30 p.m. ET Jan. 3, with No. 13 Providence facing Army West Point in the other first-round game earlier that day. The championship game will be at 8:30 p.m. ET Jan. 4, followed by the consolation game.
Ohio State 3, Colgate 0 – The Short Story
The Buckeyes scored just 16 seconds into the game, as Quinn Preston put in a rebound. Ohio State held its one-goal edge until the third period. Gordi Myer put Ohio State up by two 1:19 into the third and Tate Singleton scored on a major power play in the final three minutes for the 3-0 final. Ohio State outshot Colgate, 47-25, with Tommy Nappier stopping all 25 Raider attempts for his second shutout of the year. Ohio State’s penalty kill was 4-for-4, allowing just one shot.
Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik
On the difference in the team from last night’s game to tonight
“Night and day. Different team. I give Colgate credit last night they were ready to play and played a very good hockey game. I thought our guys weren’t up to the task but we were fortunate enough to win last night. We were a different hockey team tonight.”
— Ohio State Men's Hockey (@OhioStateMHKY) December 29, 2019
Ohio State 3, Colgate 0
In the First … Quinn Preston notched his third goal of the weekend 16 seconds into the contest, putting in a rebound of his own shot. Tanner Laczynski assisted on the goal after forcing a turnover in the Raider zone. The teams combined for 25 shots in the period, with Ohio State ahead, 15-10. Ohio State was 3-for-3 on the penalty kill in the period.
In the Second … The Buckeyes carried play, outshooting Colgate, 19-9, but were unable to extend their lead. Each team had one power play chance.
In the Third … Gordi Myer gave the Buckeyes a 2-0 edge, as his shot from the point got through traffic at 1:19. Grant Gabriele and Eugene Fadyeyev assisted on the goal, Myer’s third of the season. A kneeing major on Colgate with less than five minutes remaining put the Buckeyes on the power play and Ohio State converted. Carson Meyer found Tate Singleton all alone at the far side and he scored at 17:19. Myer also assisted on the tally, Singleton’s fourth of the year. Ohio State had the shot advantage, 13-6, and the only two power play chances.
Shots … In the game, the Buckeyes put a season-high 47 shots on net, with Colgate getting 25 through. Tommy Nappier played all 60 minutes and stopped all 25 attempts for his second shutout of the season. Nappier is now tied for fourth in program history with seven career shutouts. Mitch Benson made 44 saves in 59:55 for Colgate. Ohio State blocked 12 shots, with Myer leading the way with three and Dalton Messina and Matt Miller each blocking two.
Special Teams … The Buckeyes were 1-for-4 on the power play for the second night in a row. The penalty kill was 4-for-4 and 6-for-6 in the series.
Buckeye This and That … Myer, who has three goals this season to match the total from his first three years combined, had his third career two-point game and first since Nov. 10, 217 at UConn; he leads the Buckeyes with 37 shot blocks this year … Laczynski paces the Buckeyes with 18 points and 12 assists … as a team, the Buckeyes are holding opponents to 1.78 goals a game, ranking in the Top 10 in the NCAA … the squad has held opponents to two or less goals in 15 of 18 games … the game was just the third for the Buckeyes this season decided by more than two goals … freshman Jaedon Leslie marked his first collegiate appearance … Preston has four goals in his last four games combined; his goal was the fifth gamewinner of his Ohio State career.