PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Sophomore Tanner Laczynski scored twice in the final three minutes to lead the Ohio State men’s hockey team to a 3-1 win at Robert Morris Saturday in Colonials Arena. The Buckeyes improve to 5-1-2 on the year and extend their unbeaten streak to six with their second consecutive sweep. The Buckeyes downed the Colonials (2-5) 5-3 Friday in Columbus.
Ohio State 3, Robert Morris 1 - Briefly
The Buckeyes and Colonials were scoreless through the first two periods. Ohio State had the edge in shots, 22-9, including 15-3 in the middle stanza. In the third, Matt Miller put the Buckeyes on the board at 1:34. Robert Morris answered at 7:51 for a 1-1 game. At 17:29 Janik Moser set up Tanner Laczynski for the go-ahead goal and Laczynski sealed the win with an empty net goal. Ohio State outshot Robert Morris, 40-14, in the game.
Laczynski notched the first two-goal game of his Buckeye career. He has nine points in his last four games combined, with three goals and six assists. He has had a hand in each of the Buckeyes’ last four gamewinning goals, with one tally and two first assists.
Ohio State will host Notre Dame in the first Big Ten series between the teams next weekend, with the teams meeting at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena. Friday, glow wands will be handed out to the first 5,000 fans and kids can take shots on the Buckeye net postgame. Saturday, Script Ohio on Ice will be performed during the first intermission.
Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik
“I thought it was a great team effort tonight. Again, we had an opportunity to go on the road and earn a sweep and we were able to get the job done.”
Quoting Buckeye senior Matthew Weis
“Tonight was a good team win for the sweep on the road. We remembered last year when Robert Morris took it to us and were determined to get the job done. We all battled and competed all night. It probably wasn't our best game, but we found a way to win, which is the most important thing.
“Overall it was a great weekend for our team. It’s a big sweep which we are very happy about. Everybody played great and that was fun to see. We will get back to work this week with a good Notre Dame team coming to Columbus. We're all excited to play some Big Ten hockey again.”
In the First
The Buckeyes and Colonials were scoreless through the first period. Ohio State put seven shots on net, with the Colonials getting six through. Ohio State had one power play chance and the penalty kill was 2-for-2.
In the Second
Ohio State controlled play in the stanza, outshooting Robert Morris, 15-3. Ohio State put six shots on net during three combined power play chances and the Colonials had two opportunities.
In the Third
Sophomore Matt Miller put the Buckeyes on the board at 1:34 of the third with his second goal of the year. Matthew Weis won the faceoff in the RMU zone back to Michael Rounds, who set up Miller for the one-timer. Rounds, playing in his first game as a Buckeye, picked up his first collegiate point.
Robert Morris tied the game at 7:51 when Alex Tonge scored on a scramble with the Colonials on the power play. The Colonials appeared to take the lead with less than eight minutes remaining, but the goal was overturned after review because of goalie interference.
The Buckeyes went ahead at 17:29. Wyatt Ege passed to his d-partner, Janik Moser, who carried down the left side. He found Tanner Laczynski driving the net and he scored off the pass for a 2-1 Ohio State advantage. Laczynski sealed the win with an empty net goal with eight seconds left, set up by Mason Jobst. Ohio State had 18 shots in the period and held the Colonials to five. RMU converted the only power play attempt in the stanza.
Blocking the Puck
For the game, the Buckeyes had the advantage in shots, 40-14. It was the first time Ohio State limited an opponent to fewer than 15 shots on goal since Nov. 17, 2012 vs. Northern Michigan, when the Wildcats had 14.
Sean Romeo made 13 saves in 59:58 in the Buckeye net. On the year, he is in the Top 10 nationally with a 1.47 goals-against average and .934 save percentage. RMU goalie Andrew Pikul made 37 stops in 58:27.
Ohio State had six shot blocks, led by Janik Moser with three and Sasha Larocque with two. Larocque has a team-best 23 shot blocks this season and is in the Top 5 in the NCAA with 2.88 per game. Robert Morris blocked 17 Buckeye shot attempts.
Ohio State was scoreless on four power play chances in the game. The penalty kill was 4-for-5 and is 27-for-30 (.900) this season.