No. 1 Buckeyes Hold Off Arizona State to Win Opener

By Aubrey Nelson on October 13, 2018 at 8:23 am
Victory No. 1

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Sorry, folks. I screwed that up. Turns out I can burn the midnight oil ok but the 1am oil? Not so much. I fell dead asleep at my desk in the third period. I know you’ve got some serious footballing to do today so I won’t keep you long but I wanted to give you a quick rundown of your No. 1 men’s hockey Buckeyes’ opening night win.

Scoring by Period 1 2 3 Final
No. 1 Ohio State 1 2 0 3
Arizona State 0 2 0 2

Arizona State battled Ohio State down to the wire. The Sun Devils really made an effort to capitalize on the Bucks’ mistakes. They very nearly pulled off the upset.

Fortunately for OSU, goaltender Sean Romeo picked up right where he left off last season. He finished the night with 24 saves on 26 shots. I don’t know about the second goal he gave up. I missed that one. But there was little he could have done about the first, a back door pass through heavy traffic for a tap-in on ASU power play tally.

Ohio State’s scoring leaders didn’t show any ill effects from the offseason either. Mason Jobst, Tanner Laczynski, Freddy Gerard, and Dakota Joshua all contributed to the score sheet. They were joined by Wyatt Ege and newcomer Carson Meyer.

I thought Meyer was especially impressive in his Buckeye debut. The Miami transfer’s hard work along the wall helped set up Gerard’s opening snipe. Then, he buried his first goal for the Scarlet and Gray, a power play score that turned out to be the game winner.

Meyer seemed to be working hard all night to put himself in good positions and it paid off. If he keeps that up the Buckeyes are not going to miss Matt Weis at all.

It wasn’t completely smooth sailing for OSU. The Bucks took some dumb penalties and surrendered goals in both the first and last minutes of a second period they otherwise dominated. But neither was there more choppiness than is typical in an early season outing.

Steve Rohlik did not see any major issues in his team’s opening effort but noted there was room for improvement. “It was good to get a win on the road in the first game of the year. We have to clean some things up and we have to be better tomorrow to give ourselves another chance.”

Ohio State and Arizona State go at it again tonight at 10pm ET. I promise I will be sufficiently caffeinated this time. 

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