Laczynski Earns NCAA’s First Star, Bucks Claim No. 1 Play of the Week

By Aubrey Nelson on October 31, 2017 at 6:34 pm
Ohio State forward and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Tanner Laczynski is NCAA hockey's First Star of the Week.
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For his contributions to Ohio State’s sweep of Robert Morris Buckeye forward Tanner Laczynski claims Big Ten Hockey’s Second Star this week. The sophomore fared even better in NCAA Hockey’s Stars of the Week where he reigns supreme at No. 1. (Don't look at me. I don't know how you're tops in the nation but second in your conference either.)

Men's Hockey Individual Awards Week
Mason Jobst, Jr. F Big Ten First Star of the Week No. 2
Sean Romeo, Jr. G Big Ten Third Star of the Week No. 4
Tanner Laczynski, So. F NCAA First Star of the Week No. 5
Tanner Laczynski, So. F Big Ten Second Star of the Week No. 5

Laczynksi lit the lamp three times against the Colonials and helped set up two additional scores. He posted the game tying goal in Friday’s 5-3 victory and set up the game winning tally. Laczynski notched Saturday’s game winner himself. Then sealed the deal with an empty net goal.

The Philadelphia Flyers prospect didn’t record his first point of the season until mid-October. Since then, though, he’s been the dominant force of the Bucks’ offense. Laczynksi has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his last four games.

Those four games have all been victories for the Scarlet and Gray. In each of those contests Laczynski had a hand in the game winning tally. He scored one and assisted on the other three. He and linemates Kevin Miller and Matt Weis have recorded 17 of the team’s points over that span.

Weis is only slightly less smoking hot than Laczynksi. The senior has six points in four games, including his subtle set up of Eugene Fadeyeyev’s first career goal. It’s the NCAA’s No. 1 play of the week.

Ohio State is back in action this week, hosting No. 10 Notre Dame in a crucial conference series. The results will have ramifications for both OSU’s B1G standings and the team’s potential NCAA resume. Friday and Saturday’s games are each scheduled for 7pm ET starts at the Schott.

Parting Shots
  • Ohio State (5-1-2) is back in the national rankings this week. The Bucks are No. 16 in the USCHO poll. They  hold essentially the same place in the USA Today/USA Hockey poll (which ranks only 15 teams) as the first team also receiving votes.
  • Six of the Big Ten’s seven teams rank or are receiving votes in both national polls. Huzzah, B1G power! Also sad trombone for Michigan State.
  • Head coach Steve Rohlik will be a guest on USCHO Live tonight. The show begins at 8pm ET. You can listen here
  • Ohio State’s women stand pat at No. 4 in both polls. Nobody managed to leapfrog them on the bye week. They also have a hugely important series upcoming, travelling to take on No. 1 Wisconsin this Saturday and Sunday.
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