AMHERST, Mass. – Backstopped by 23 saves from goalie Sean Romeo, the Ohio State men’s hockey team posted a 3-0 shutout at Massachusetts Saturday in the Mullins Center. Ohio State won 3-1 Friday, picking up its first sweep of the season.
The Buckeyes improve to 3-1-2 on the year, while the Minutemen are now 3-3-0.
Ohio State 3, UMass 0 – Briefly
The Buckeyes scored once in each period en route to the victory. Kevin Miller scored in the first, Janik Moser tallied in the second and Matthew Weis put the game out of reach in the third. Tanner Laczynski had the primary assist on all three Buckeye goals, his second career three-assist night and first since December. Sean Romeo had 23 saves for his first shutout as a Buckeye. The penalty kill was 3-for-3, ending the weekend 8-for-8.
Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik
“It’s always nice to be able to go on the road and earn two hard-fought wins. I thought our team played with a lot more detail to our game tonight.”
Quoting junior defenseman and alternate captain Sasha Larocque
“The team played great all weekend. We stuck to our system and competed hard start to finish both nights. Romeo was fantastic in goal both nights and it was great to get the power play going. Overall, our special teams came through and it was a great team effort all around.”
In the First
Kevin Miller opened the scoring in the first period, tallying his first of the year at 11:12. Dakota Joshua won the battle in the neutral zone and got the puck to Tanner Laczynski. He passed to Miller in front for the goal. Ohio State had the game’s first five shots and led in the period, 11-7.
In the Second
Senior defenseman Janik Moser scored his first goal as a Buckeye (in his 89th game) at 12:19 of the middle period. Wyatt Ege, a redshirt sophomore transfer, held the puck in and played it to Tanner Laczynski. He found Moser in the high slot and his shot got through to put the Buckeyes up 2-0. Ege’s assist was his first point as a Buckeye. Ohio State had 13 shots in the period, limiting the Minutemen to seven. Each team had three power plays in the period, with eight penalties called in the stanza.
In the Third
Matthew Weis drove the net and scored on a backhand at 17:19 of the third period, giving the Buckeyes a three-goal cushion. Tanner Laczynski and Kevin Miller assisted on the goal, Weis’ first of the year. Sean Romeo made nine saves in the period to preserve the shutout. Ohio State had eight shots on net.
Blocking the Puck
The Buckeyes outshot the Minutemen, 32-23, in the game. Sean Romeo played all 60 minutes and had 23 saves for the shutout. He has allowed one goal or less in each of his last four games and now has a 1.30 goals-against average and .943 save percentage. UMass goalie Matt Murray made 29 saves in 60 minutes.
The penalty kill was 3-for-3 in the game and 8-for-8 in the series. On the year, the team has stopped 20-of-21 (.952) opponent chances through the first six games.
Ohio State was scoreless on six power play chances in the game.
Ohio State will host Robert Morris at 7 p.m. Friday in Value City Arena. The teams will close the home-and-home series at 7 p.m. Saturday in Pittsburgh.