HARTFORD, Conn. – The No. 17 Ohio State men’s hockey team skated to a 1-1 overtime tie with UConn Saturday in the XL Center. Ohio State took a 1-0 lead midway through the third period on a goal by Tanner Laczynski, but the Huskies tied the game with a goal with 3:19 left in regulation. Buckeye goalie Sean Romeo made 29 saves in the game, including six in overtime.
Ohio State, which won game one of the series with UConn 5-4 Friday, is now 6-3-3 on the year.
The Buckeyes have next weekend off before a stretch of three straight Big Ten series. The squad will travel to Ann Arbor for a matchup with Michigan Thanksgiving weekend. The Buckeyes and Wolverines will meet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 24 on BTN and at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25. The first half of the season wraps up with back-to-back home series, hosting Penn State Dec. 1-2 and Minnesota Dec. 8-9 in Value City Arena.
Quoting Coach Steve Rohlik
“We did a lot of good things. We played a tighter game than we did last night for sure. We had some chances tonight, we just haven’t scored at the rate we have in the past. It’s not for lack of effort or opportunities. We just need to stick with our system.”
Quoting junior forward Brendon Kearney
“Everybody battled hard tonight. After last night we talked about some of the things we needed to tighten up and how we had to play a more complete game. Obviously, you want to come away with a win, but we need to take the positives from this and move forward.”
In the First
The teams combined for just 11 shots in the opening period, with the Buckeyes ahead, 6-5. Each team had two power play chances in the stanza – and put one shot on net during the opportunity.
In the Second
The Buckeyes had two power play chances in the middle stanza, putting four shots on net with the man advantage, along with hitting the post twice, but were unable to score. The Buckeyes appeared to take a 1-0 lead with 4:25 left, but the goal call on the ice was overturned after video review because of goalie interference. Ohio State had 12 shots in the period and UConn put 11 on net.
In the Third
Ohio State took a 1-0 lead at 9:23 of the third on Tanner Laczynski’s fourth goal of the season. He took a pass from Janik Moser in the Buckeye zone and came down the left side, putting a wrist shot by the goalie. The Huskies tied the game at 16:41, when Jesse Schwartz scored from him front. UConn had eight shots on goal in the period and the Buckeyes put five on net. The Buckeye penalty kill was 3-for-3 in the period, including holding the Huskies to one shot during an opportunity in the final three minutes.
The Huskies had the majority of chances in overtime, but Buckeye goalie Sean Romeo stood tall, making six saves, including one on a UConn player all alone in front. Ohio State had two shots in the overtime period.
Blocking the Puck
Sean Romeo played all 65 minutes for the Buckeyes and had 29 saves, allowing one or fewer goals for the sixth time in 11 starts. He has a 1.73 goals-against average and .924 save percentage this year. UConn goalie Adam Huska made 24 saves in 65 minutes. Ohio State was outshot, 30-25, in the game.
The Buckeyes blocked 15 UConn shot attempts. Dakota Joshua had a team-high three, while Sasha Larocque, Wyatt Ege, Janik Moser, Mason Jobst and Matt Miller each blocked two. UConn had 14 recorded blocked shots.
Neither team was able to score with the man advantage. Ohio State was 0-for-4 and the Buckeye penalty kill was 5-for-5. On the year, the Buckeyes have stopped 42-of-46 opponent chances (.913), ranking in the Top 10 nationally.
Buckeye Hockey Update – Jan. 15