COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 15/14 Ohio State men’s hockey improved to 4-0-2 this season after posting a 10-2 win at Niagara Friday in Dwyer Arena. The Buckeyes, who scored four goals in the first period and five in the second, had points from 14 players, including a hat trick from senior Nick Schilkey and four-point game from junior Matthew Weis.
Ohio State 10, Niagara 2, Briefly
The Buckeyes led 2-0 just 1:59 into the first period and extended the lead to three at 10:56. Niagara got on the board at 11:57 but the Buckeyes answered less than a minute for a 4-1 advantage they carried into intermission. It was all Buckeyes in the middle stanza, as they outscored the Purple Eagles 5-0, including four goals in less than two minutes. Senior Nick Schilkey completed his hat trick at 17:39 for a 9-1 Ohio State advantage after the second period. Each team scored once in the third. Shots were 31-21 in favor of Ohio State.
Buckeyes Unbeaten Through Six
With a 4-0-2 ledger to open the season, Ohio State is undefeated in its first six games for the first time since the 1983-84 squad began its campaign with 13 wins in a row.
The Buckeyes closed last season with a 6-1-2 mark, giving the squad a 10-1-4 ledger in its last 15 games combined. Twenty letterwinners returned from last year’s team.
Nine Buckeyes with Multiple Points in Win at Niagara
• Senior Nick Schilkey scored three goals for his first career hat trick. It was his sixth multiple-goal game as a Buckeye and his ninth outing with three or more points. Schilkey, who leads the Buckeyes with nine points, has 98 points in his career with 49 goals and 49 assists.
• Sophomore defenseman Tommy Parran, who had two goals in 33 games a season ago, scored his first two goals of the season vs. Niagara. He added an assist for his first career three-point night.
• Junior Luke Stork had his first two-goal game since Jan. 9, 2015 at Penn State.
• Junior Matthew Weis had a goal and three assists for a career-high four points. It was his third game with three assists as a Buckeye.
• Sophomore Dakota Joshua, freshman Tanner Laczynski, junior Christian Lampasso, sophomore Mason Jobst and senior Josh Healey all had two assists in the victory.
Quoting Buckeye associate head coach Mark Strobel
On the win:
"There are always ways we can get better, but it was a good team effort on the road. We played as five-man units for much of the game, got pucks deep and buried our chances. Our speed and play making ability really stood out.”
On the Buckeyes’ mindset heading in to game two
“We know Niagara will come to play. We need to be better than we were tonight, focus on protecting the puck and being physical and work to have better puck possession.”
Quoting Buckeye senior forward Nick Schilkey
On the win:
“We got off to a good start again which has kind of been a theme for us this year so far. We had a lot of guys contribute offensively and our depth has definitely been a strength of ours. Now it's just a matter of putting together a full 60 minute game because we got away from our game a little bit at times tonight.”
On his three-goal game:
“Obviously it feels great to get the first hat trick of my career, but more importantly I was happy that our line played a good game as a whole and helped contribute to the solid win tonight."
Ohio State Takes Early Lead
Just 40 seconds into the game Matthew Weis scored, assisted by Josh Healey and Tommy Parran. At 1:59 Luke Stork made it 2-0, assisted by freshman Ronnie Hein and Christian Lampasso.
Parran scored a goal of his own at 10:56, redirecting a pass across the crease from sophomore Miguel Fidler, with Dakota Joshua also assisting. At 11:57 Niagara scored on the power play, but 50 seconds later Nick Schilkey scored off an assist from Weis for a 4-1 Buckeye advantage.
Each team had eight shots on goal in the period.
Buckeyes Pour it on in the Second
Ohio State outscored Niagara 5-0 in the second period, with four goals in a 1:53 span, starting at 7:12 with David Gust’s power play tally, assisted by sophomore Mason Jobst and Josh Healey. Stork netted his second at 7:35, with Christian Lampasso assisting. At 8:25 Tommy Parran finished a 2-on-1 with Kevin Miller, along with an assist from Dakota Joshua.
Schilkey scored at 9:05 for an 8-1 Buckeye advantage and completed his hat trick at 17:39. His linemates Matthew Weis and Tanner Laczynski assisted on both goals, which gave Schilkey seven tallies this season.
Ohio State outshot Niagara 12-7 in the period.
Each Team Scores Once in the Third
Niagara scored its second of the night at 5:49 of the third. The final Buckeye goal came from sophomore John Wiitala, who converted a breakaway, assisted by Mason Jobst, at 14:55.
The Buckeyes had 11 shots in the final period, with Niagara getting six on net.
Between the Pipes
Buckeye senior goalie Matt Tomkins, starting his fourth consecutive game and playing in a fifth straight, made 19 saves and allowed two goals while playing 54:55. He has a 1.81 goals-against average and .930 save percentage this season.
Senior Logan Davis closed out the final 5:05 and did not face a shot.
The Buckeyes outshot the Purple Eagles, 31-21. Niagara used three goalies in the game, who combined for 21 saves.
Each team was 1-for-2 on the power play in the game. Ohio State has a power play goal in each of its last three games and is 6-for-27 (.222) on the year.
On the Plus Side
• Senior Josh Healey was a team-high and career-best +5, the first Buckeye with a +5 rating since March 6, 2010 and just the third +5 mark since at least 1999.
• Senior Drew Brevig and junior Matthew Weis were both +4 vs. Niagara. It was Brevig’s fourth +4 game.
• Ohio State was +40 as a team in the road victory.
A Few More Points about Points
• All 12 Buckeye forwards had a point in the win at Niagara and in all 14 Buckeyes had at least one point.
• Every Buckeye that has played in more than one game this season has at least one point on the year.
• The Buckeyes are in the Top 5 in the NCAA in scoring offense, averaging 4.67 goals per game this year.
• The eight-goal win was the first for the Buckeyes since an 8-0 victory over Cornell Dec. 29, 2015.
• The game marked the first time Ohio State scored 10 goals since Dec. 12, 2008 in a 10-1 win over Bentley.