COLUMBUS, Ohio – Steve Rohlik, head coach of the Ohio State men’s hockey team, is one of nine finalists for the Spencer Penrose Award, given annually to the CCM/AHCA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Coach of the Year. Voting will be conducted prior to this year’s Frozen Four in Saint Paul, and the winner will be announced Wednesday.
The nominees represent any coach who won or shared coach of the year honors in his conference this season, along with coaches whose teams have advanced to the NCAA semifinals. Big Ten Coach of the Year Rohlik is the only coach of the nine who won both league coach of the year honors and has a team in the Frozen Four.
The Buckeyes are 26-9-5 overall this season and finished second in the Big Ten with a 14-8-2-1 ledger after being picked to finish fifth in the conference’s preseason coaches poll. The squad reached the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament, falling to Notre Dame in overtime.
Ohio State advanced to the Frozen Four for the second time in program history and first time since 1998 with two wins in the Midwest Regional last weekend. The squad defeated Princeton 4-2 and then topped defending national champion Denver 5-1 in the regional final.
The Buckeyes rank in the Top 10 in the NCAA in penalty killing (1st/.893), scoring defense (3rd/2.08 goals allowed per game), power play (7th/.239) and scoring offense (10th/3.25 goals per game).