COLUMBUS, Ohio –Senior Matthew Weis, junior Mason Jobst and sophomore Tanner Laczynski, forwards on the No. 6-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team, are all on the fan ballot for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the top player in Division I men’s hockey. The three are among the Top 9 scorers in the Big Ten this season, both overall and in league games only.
Fans can vote once per day through VoteForHobey.com, with the first phase of voting open through March 4. Phase two, which will run March 14-25, will include the Top 10 finalists. Fan votes account for one percent of the total ballot in each phase of the award selection.
Laczynski, from Shorewood, Illinois, is second in the NCAA with 34 points, including an NCAA-best 23 assists. He is sixth nationally and first in the Big Ten with 1.42 points per game, ranking first nationally with 24 even strength points and sharing the national lead with 1.0 even strength points per game. Laczynski is second in scoring in Big Ten games only with 20 points on six goals and 14 assists.
Weis, a native of Freehold, N.J., ranks eighth in the Big Ten and second for the Buckeyes with 26 points, on eight goals and 18 assists. He is on an eight-game point streak, with a 3-10-13 line in the stretch. In conference play, Weis has 14 points, notching two goals and 12 assists, to tie for fifth among league skaters.
Speedway, Indiana, native Jobst has 23 points on the year, ranking ninth in the Big Ten, with 11 goals to tie for fourth among B1G skaters. Seven of his goals have come on the power play, tying for fifth in the NCAA. A 2017 All-American, Jobst has 14 points in conference games only, with eight goals and six assists, tying for fifth in the Big Ten.
The trio has helped the Buckeyes to a 15-5-4 record overall, with the team in second place in the Big Ten with an 8-5-1-0 ledger. The squad, which is averaging 3.0 goals per game, is tied for fourth nationally in team defense, holding opponents to 2.12 goals per game, and leads the NCAA on the penalty kill (.901). The power play has converted 20.4 percent of its chances overall and is 9-for-25 (.360) in the last six games.
Hobey Baker Award criteria include candidates exhibiting the exceptional character traits of the award’s namesake, Hobey Baker. A legendary American hero, Baker was a World War I fighter pilot and was known as America’s greatest amateur athlete in his day, excelling at hockey and football at Princeton University. Award candidates must demonstrate strength of character both on and off the ice, contribute to the integrity of his team and display outstanding skills in all phases of the game. Consideration should be given to scholastic achievement and sportsmanship.
The 2018 Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced from a field of three Hobey Hat Trick finalists April 6 during the NCAA Frozen Four Championship in St. Paul, Minn. The award ceremony will be held at Roy Wilkens Auditorium in the St. Paul RiverCentre and will be broadcast nationally on NHL Network.
The Buckeyes are off this weekend before a four-game homestand. The squad will host No. 20 Michigan
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