AMHERST, Mass. – The Ohio State men’s hockey team scored the game’s final three goals, including two power play tallies from junior Mason Jobst, en route to a 3-1 win at Massachusetts Friday in the Mullins Center.
The Buckeyes (2-1-2) and Minutemen (3-2-0) will close the weekend series at 8 p.m. Saturday in Amherst, Mass.
Ohio State 3, UMass 1 – Briefly
UMass opened the scoring at 10:01 of the first but Buckeye sophomore Matt Miller tied the game at 15:32. Ohio State scored once on the power play in the second and third periods, with Mason Jobst notching both, for the win. Buckeye goalie Sean Romeo stopped 24 of 25 shots and the Buckeye penalty kill was 5-for-5. Buckeye Sasha Larocque blocked seven shots.
Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik
“Tonight was a good road win. Our special teams came through for us tonight. We’re going to have to be better tomorrow to get another win.”
Quoting senior defenseman Janik Moser
“I feel like we didn’t have the best start, but we bounced back in the middle of the second period and had a strong third. We won the special teams today, which gave us a big advantage, but we still have some things to clean up for tomorrow.”
— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) October 21, 2017
In the First
UMass opened the scoring at 10:01, when Niko Hildenbrand tallied. The Buckeyes tied the game at 15:32. Brendon Kearney won the faceoff in the UMass end to Sam McCormick. McCormick passed to Matt Miller, whose one-timer got through. Ohio State had seven shots in the period, with UMass putting four on net.
In the Second
The Buckeyes notched the only goal of the second, converting on a 5-on-3 power play. Tanner Laczynski and Matthew Weis worked the puck down low and it went to Jobst, who was all alone at the post, where he was able to knock it home. Late in the period, Sean Romeo stopped a breakaway to maintain the Buckeyes’ one-goal advantage. Each team had 10 shots in the period.
In the Third
Ohio State notched a second power play goal at 4:07, with Mason Jobst tallying again. John Wiitala found Jobst, who drove to the net and scored for a 3-1 Buckeye advantage. Dakota Joshua had the second assist on the goal, Jobst’s fourth of the year. Romeo stopped all 11 UMass shots in the period and the Buckeyes were 2-for-2 on the penalty kill in the stanza, including a chance with six minutes remaining. Ohio State put seven shots on net in the period.
Blocking the Puck
UMass outshot the Buckeyes, 25-24. Sean Romeo played 59:49 in the Buckeye net and had 24 saves, allowing one goal for the third game in a row. He has a 1.55 goals-against average and .932 save percentage on the year. UMass goalie Matt Murray had 21 stops in 58:33.
Buckeye junior Sasha Larocque had seven of the Buckeyes’ 14 shot blocks in the game.
The Buckeye power play was 2-for-4 with the man advantage, marking its first goals this season.
The penalty kill was 5-for-5 and has now stopped 17-of-18 (.944) opponent chances through the first five games.
Noting the Buckeyes
• Jobst had his second two-goal game of the season and the fifth of his career. He leads the Buckeyes with four goals and six points on the year.
• Wiitala has a point in all five games this year, with two goals and three assists.
• Ohio State is playing in Massachusetts for the first time since the 1999 NCAA Tournament.
• Miller picked up his first goal of the season, while Kearney, Weis and Joshua all posted their first assists.