Sophomore posted first career shutout in B1G win over Michigan State
Tomkins makes 29 saves for first career shutout
Sophomore was 1-0-1 with .97 goals-against average at Canisius
Ohio State opens play vs. Michigan State Thursday
Ohio State heads to Big Ten Tournament next
Drafted in the seventh round of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks (No. 199 overall) and has attended the team's development camp ... started playing hockey at age 5 because it is just something everyone does in his community ... attracted to Ohio State because of the coaches, culture, academics and campus ... did not decide he wanted to be a goaltender until he was 11 ... favorite player is Carey Price because that is who he tries to model his game after ... Pick One: Movie - Never Back Down; Television show - Prison Break; Musician - Jay-Z; Professional Team - Los Angeles Dodgers; Athlete - Usain Bolt; Homecooked meal - chicken and pasta; Celebrities - Bradley Cooper/Justin Timberlake; Snack food - trail mix; Ice cream flavor - strawberry; Sport other than hockey - basketball; Vacation spot - Kelowna, B.C.; Rink - Rexall Place; Book/magazine - Hockey News or GQ; Place hockey has taken you - Chicago.
Career at Ohio State: Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
2013-14 (Freshman Season): Played in 17 games, starting 15, with 2.78 goals-against average and .911 save percentage ... DNP Oct. 10 vs. Miami, missed four games because of injury Nov. 15-Dec. 2, returned to bench in Mercyhurst series Dec. 28-29 and to game action Jan. 11 vs. Michigan State ... 28 saves at Penn State March 15 ... 12 saves on 13 shots in 26:59 of relief vs. Minnesota March 7 ... 35 saves in 2-2 tie at Michigan Feb. 28; did not allow a goal in three rounds in 1-0 shootout win ... allowed just one goal Jan. 17 at Minnesota, making 26 saves ... 1-0-1 vs. Michigan State in first games since Nov. 9; 33 saves on 36 shots Jan. 10, with 26 saves on 27 shots Jan. 11; first career assist in game one ... 30 saves on 31 shots in win vs. Niagara Nov. 8; injured early in game two vs. Niagara Nov. 9 (stopped only shot faced) ... career-high 39 saves (on 41 shots) in win over No. 20 Minnesota Duluth Nov. 2 ... 28 saves in win vs. Bowling Green Oct. 29 ... two wins vs. Robert Morris Oct. 25-26 ... came on in relief in opener and stopped 26-of-27 shots for first collegiate win; 21 saves in game two victory ... made first collegiate start Oct. 12 at Miami, with 32 saves ... also started 10/15 at Bowling Green ... earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honors.
Prior to Ohio State: Spent two years playing for the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the AJHL ... during 2012-13 campaign, posted a 2.56 goals-against average and .924 save percentage with four shutouts, ranking second in the league ... save percentage ranked fourth among AJHL goaltenders ... finished the regular season with the third-most minutes played among league goaltenders ... named to the 2011-12 AJHL All-Rookie All Star Team ... during 2011-12 season, played in 33 games for the Crusaders, posting a 3.41 goals-against average and .894 save percentage ... 2009-10 Midget AAA Provincial Champion in Alberta.
Off the Ice: Son of Michael and Lana ... has two siblings, Michael (16) and Sarah (14) ... enjoys being at the lake during the summer and wakeboarding ... economics major.