Buckeyes Hold Off Late Charge from Lakers

By Aubrey Nelson on December 28, 2018 at 10:12 pm
Carson Meyer tattoos a Laker in the Buckeyes' second half opener against Mercyhurst.

The men’s hockey Buckeyes took care of business in their second half opener against Mercyhurst. No. 5/7 Ohio State outshot the Lakers 44-21 en route to a 3-1 win. The victory was the tenth of the season for OSU (10-4-3).

Scoring by Period 1 2 3 Final
Mercyhurst 0 0 1 1
No. 5/7 Ohio State 0 1 2 3

The goalies, Sean Romeo for Ohio State and Garrett Metcalf for Mercyhurst, dueled through 27:57 of scoreless hockey. Austin Pooley drew first blood for the Bucks, slamming home an alert pass from Brendon Kearney.

Matt Miller extended the Buckeye lead early in the third period. Two quick whistles on the Lakers gave the Scarlet and Gray over a minute of 5-on-3. Miller made short work of the advantage with a perimeter shot through traffic.

Mercyhurst threatened to make a late comeback. An extra-attacker goal cut the Bucks’ lead in half. But a steal by Kearney and a little finish from Mason Jobst resulted in a victory-clinching third goal.

The Buckeyes and Lakers skate again tomorrow night. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 8pm ET. Fans not attending in person can live stream the game with a BTN Plus subscription.

  • Ohio State outshot Mercyhurst 44-21. Dakota Joshua led all Buckeye shooters with six.
  • Milestone Watch: With a goal and assist tonight, Mason Jobst now owns 145 career points.
  • OSU’s special teams were on point. The Bucks were 2-for-4 on the power play and a perfect 6-for-6 on the penalty kill.
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