Team back in action Friday vs. Miami in Columbus
Players focus on learning both on and off skills
Junior goalie and Blackhawks draft pick calls Sherwood Park, Alberta home
Sophomore posted first career shutout in B1G win over Michigan State
Tomkins makes 29 saves for first career shutout
Ohio State 4, Canisius 1
Buckeyes vs. Lakers - Game Two
Ohio State 3, Michigan State 0
2014-15 Big Ten Opener (MSU 3, OSU 1). Photo credit Michael Griggs.
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 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, British Columbia; Rink - Rexall Place; Book/magazine - Hockey News or GQ; Place hockey has taken you - Chicago.
Ohio State Career: Two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, Academic All-Big Ten selection and a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... enters junior year with two career shutouts ... two-time Big Ten Star of the Week.
2014-15 (Sophomore Season): Saw action in 14 games, starting 12 and posting two shutouts ... stopped all 17 shots faced in 2-0 whitewash at Wisconsin March 14 and 29 saves vs. Michigan State Nov. 21 for first career shutout ... started both games vs. Michigan State Nov. 20-21 and had 17 saves on 19 shots in game one before 29-save shutout to earn Big Ten Second Star of the Week honors ... named Big Ten Third Star of the Week Nov. 4 after 1-0-1 mark, .97 goals-against average and .958 save percentage at Canisius Oct. 31-Nov. 1; 26 saves in game one, with 20 in game two and allowed just one goal in each game; came on in relief in first game and played 63:07 in 3-3 overtime tie ... 30 saves in loss to Western Michigan Nov. 28 ... 25 stops in 3-2 victory at Bowling Green Nov. 14 ... 28 saves vs. Miami Oct. 17 ... named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and to Academic All-Big Ten team ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar for posting grade-point average of 3.7+ in 2014-15.
2013-14 (Freshman Season): Played in 17 games, starting 15, with 2.78 goals-against average and .911 save percentage ... 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 younger siblings, Michael and Sarah ... enjoys being at the lake during the summer and wakeboarding ... finance major.