Through the first eight games of the Ohio State men’s hockey 2019-20 campaign, the team has six wins and a tie (with a shootout win) and one loss. In five of the games, the Buckeyes have won or tied the game in the third period.
“So far this year we’ve already faced a good amount of adversity. I think the outcomes of those games really show a lot about the character we have in the room,” Ronnie Hein, the Buckeyes’ senior captain, said. “Every game we’ve played where we’ve been behind, the attitude and atmosphere of our room was nothing but positive.”
Against Michigan last weekend, the Buckeyes overcame a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 in game one and in game two scored the gamewinner with 1:31 left in regulation after the Wolverines had tied the score less than three minutes earlier.
“In my eyes, last Friday against Michigan when we lost three guys in the first period and came back to win after being down 2-0 showed me what we have in this room and that when we’re facing adversity every guy has each other’s back and will compete until the very end,” Hein said. “It’s a good thing knowing you don’t have to ask for that out of this group of guys.”
After the Friday comeback victory over the Wolverines, Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik credited his team for sticking with it.
“Even when we went down 2-0, all I heard on the bench was ‘We’ve got this. We’ve just got to keep playing the same way.’ I give our guys a lot of credit.”
CJ Regula, a freshman defenseman, saw the team’s mindset lead to success.
“Everyone banded together and was positive and bought into the structure,” Regula said. “We were blocking shots and doing everything we could to get this win.”
Four of the Buckeyes’ six gamewinning goals have been scored in the third period (an NCAA high) this season, as well as the team’s gametying goal vs. Western Michigan in the season opener.
The Buckeye third-period GWG (and GTG) so far this season …
Gabriele ➡️ Singleton.
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