COLUMBUS, Ohio – In its home opener, the Ohio State men’s hockey team tied Rensselaer, 1-1 in overtime, in a nonconference game. A shootout was held following the game, with the Buckeyes winning, 1-0 in three rounds.
The Buckeyes and Engineers will close the weekend series at 4 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena. A full team meet and greet will be held postgame on the concourse level.
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Ohio State controlled play for much of the game, outshooting the Engineers, 57-24, but was unable to get more than one shot past RPI goalie Chase Perry. The 57 total shots and 26 shots in the second period are both Value City Arena records. It was the first time the Buckeyes topped 50 shots since Oct. 31, 2015 vs. Mercyhurst.
After a scoreless first period when the Buckeyes outshot RPI, 12-4, Ohio State junior Dakota Joshua put the Buckeyes on the board with his first goal of the season, scoring from in close on a scramble. Sam McCormick and John Wiitala assisted on the tally that was scored at 2:34. Two penalties were called on RPI before the goal, giving the Buckeyes a 5-on-3 for a full two minutes, but Ohio State was unable to convert. RPI tied the game with a power play goal when Jared Wilson scored from the point at 9:35. Shots were 26-4 in favor of the Buckeyes in the middle stanza.
In the third, Ohio State outshot RPI, 15-11. The Buckeyes held the Engineers scoreless on two power play chances and did not convert their one chance. The teams combined for nine shots on goal in overtime, with RPI ahead, 5-4. A penalty was called on RPI with five seconds remaining, giving the Buckeyes one last chance with a faceoff deep in the Engineer zone, but they did not convert.
In the shootout, Buckeye redshirt junior goalie Romeo made a save in the first round and junior Mason Jobst followed with a goal for the Buckeyes. The next RPI skater hit the post and Joshua’s shot was saved on his attempt. Romeo made a save on the final RPI attempt, giving the Buckeyes the shootout victory.
The Buckeye power play was scoreless on six chances and is looking for its first tally with the man advantage this season. The penalty kill was 4-for-5, allowing its first goal of the year.
Romeo, making his third start in a row, had 23 saves in 65 minutes. Perry played 64:53 for the Engineers and had a Value City Arena record 56 saves. Each team blocked 11 shots, with redshirt sophomore Wyatt Ege leading Ohio State with three blocks.
Quoting Steve Rohlik, Ohio State head coach
On the game
“We did a lot of good things. We possessed the puck quite a bit. We had some good opportunities there. We just didn't do a good enough job on the power play, and we just didn't finish. That's the bottom line."
On struggling to score on the power play
“It's not for lack of work ethic. Sometimes you get new guys out there and you try too hard to make a perfect play instead of just trying to get pucks to the net. You'll see a lot of NHL teams getting pucks to the net and crashing for rebounds. We started to do that towards the end of the game on our power play. It's just a matter of time and we've got to stay with it."
Quoting Dakota Joshua, Ohio State junior forward
On the trouble scoring vs. RPI’s goalie
“I can say probably not enough traffic taking away his eyes. He got to see a lot of shots so that makes a goalie’s job easier. The shots weren’t the problem obviously, we saw how lopsided that was, but just taking away his eyes - we didn’t do a good enough job there.
Mason Jobst, Ohio State junior forward
On how to generate chances vs. RPI
“Sometimes you just kind of run into a hot goalie, and obviously [Chase Perry] was hot tonight, but Dakota [Joshua] said it pretty well; we’ve got to get more traffic in front and hopefully we can bang home some rebounds."
What needs to improve for game two
“I think Coach said it pretty well, our power play is 0 for 15 or 0 for 16 on the year and that’s just unacceptable. Special teams win you games and that’s going to be a big key tomorrow."