Laczynski, Gerard, Weis all notch multiple points, Nappier posts win in net
The No. 6/7 Buckeyes and No. 13/13/ Nittany Lions face off in a Big Ten series
Ohio State is now 14-4-4 overall, extending winning streak to six
No. 8 Buckeyes take on the Spartans
No. 9 Buckeyes host the Purple Eagles Friday and Saturday
Coach Rohlik - PSU Road Series Preview
Coach Rohlik - MSU Preview
Coach Rohlik - Niagara Preview
Coach Rohilk, Matt Miller and Mason Jobst spoke after the loss
Coach Rohlik, Matt Miller, Matthew Weis and Sean Romeo speak after the 4-1 win.
Ohio State won 2-1 over Minnesota
Buckeyes Beat Spartans in B1G Tourney Quarterfinals (Credit Ric Kruszynski)
Ohio State vs. Robert Morris (Photo credit Ric Kruszynski)
Ohio State 4, Canisius 1
Buckeye Hockey 2015 Senior Breakfast
Under Rohlik, the Buckeyes have been outstanding academically, combining as a team to post a grade-point average of 3.0 or better each of his four years. He has had 30 players combine for 51 Academic All-Big Ten accolades and 37 accumulate 71 Ohio State Scholar-Athlete nods. In 2016-17, 23 of the 27 Buckeyes were invited to the Ohio State Scholar-Athelte Dinner. On the ice, the team has ranked in the Top 15 nationally in both scoring offense and on the power play three of his four years at the helm.
In 2016-17, Rohlik led the Buckeyes to the NCAA Tournament, the first appearance for the squad since 2009. The team notched its first 20-win season since that time, with a record of 21-12-6, including an NCAA-best 13 road wins. In B1G play, the squad was 11-8-1-1, finishing in third place, just one point behind second. The team ranked in the Top 3 nationally in scoring offense (3.92 gpg) and was first on the power play (31.6%), with a Top 10 point scorer and Top 3 goal scorer, with three Buckeyes in the Top 5 among B1G point getters.
Rohlik’s first season at the helm of the Buckeyes (2013-14) also marked the first year of men’s hockey as an official Big Ten Conference sport. He led the team to a spot in the inaugural Big Ten Tournament championship game, with an overtime win in the quarterfinals vs. Michigan State and an upset of No. 1-ranked and top seed Minnesota in the semifinals. The squad was 18-14-5 overall in 2013-14 (6-9-5-4 in B1G play). In his second year, the Buckeyes (14-19-3, 8-11-1-1 B1G) ended the season strong, going 7-4-1 in the last 12 games, and reached the conference tournament semifinals. The 2015-16 Buckeyes (14-18-4) were 8-8-4 in Big Ten play, advanced to the B1G tourney semifinals and closed out the year undefeated in eight of their last nine games, ranking in the Top 10 in the NCAA in scoring offense on the year.
Rohlik joined the Ohio State program in 2010 after 10 seasons on the coaching staff at Minnesota Duluth (2001-10) where the squad advanced to two NCAA tournaments, including a Frozen Four appearance in 2004, and won the 2009 WCHA playoff title. He was part of the staff that put together the roster of the Bulldogs’ 2010 NCAA Championship squad.
Rohlik coached three seasons at Nebraska-Omaha, joining the program for its inaugural campaign in 1997-98. In the team’s first year as a member of the CCHA (its third year as a Division I team), the squad advanced to the 2000 CCHA Championship final.
Rohlik spent five years as the head coach at Hill-Murray High School, his alma mater, in St. Paul, Minn., posting a 107-20-1 ledger and leading the squad to two Minnesota State High School Tournaments, including a runner-up finish in the 1993 Tier I event and fourth place in 1997 Class AA before joining the UNO Mavericks. He also served one-season assistant coaching stints at Wisconsin (1990-91) and Stillwater High School (1991-92).
A native of St. Paul, Minn., Rohlik is a 1990 graduate of Wisconsin. A four-year letterwinner for the Badgers, he wore the captain’s C in both 1989 and 1990. He was a senior on the squad that won the NCAA title, as well as the WCHA regular-season and tournament crowns, and was named the WCHA Tournament MVP that season. The team qualified for the NCAA Tournament each of his last three seasons and also captured the 1988 conference playoff championship. Rohlik skated in 166 games for Wisconsin, scoring 34 goals and adding 47 assists for 81 points, and received the team’s Fenton Kelsey, Jr. Most Competitive Player honor in 1990. He was an eighth-round selection by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft (No. 151 overall).
Rohlik graduated from Wisconsin in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in communications/journalism. He and his wife, Julie, have two daughters, Erin and Annie, and a son, Grady.
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