The No. 6 Ohio State men’s hockey team blew out No. 17 Michigan, 4-0, on Friday night in Columbus. The Buckeyes are now 3-0 versus the Wolverines this season after sweeping them in Ann Arbor in November. The Buckeyes improve to 16-5-4 on the year overall and 9-5-1 in the Big Ten, while Michigan falls to 12-11-2 and 7-8-2-1 in conference.
Anyway, this one had good results for the Buckeyes, obviously, though the results kind of mask some of the issues with the process. Whether it was because Ohio State scored in the first (probably not since they didn’t score until 16:40 into the first) or were up by three early by the early part of the third, Michigan dominated in shots on goal. It can work once and awhile, but generally, a team getting outshot is not a recipe for success.
But when Sean Romeo stops all 32 shots he faces and Michigan goalie Hayden Lavigne looks like a boi on sk8s and allows four goals on 20 shots, the process isn’t going to matter too much. Lavigne could’ve made things more complicated if he’d stopped more, but when Romeo’s pitching a shutout, it’s really my happy ending. (Notice those Avril Lavigne songs slipped into that paragraph?)
Ohio State only registered seven shots on goal to Michigan’s 10 in the first, but the only one that found its way into the net was Kevin Miller’s, as he skated in on a two-on-one and took the shot on net when the defense took away the pass. Dakota Joshua and Tommy Parran had the assist.
In the second, it’d be more of the same. Michigan would outshot OSU 14-7 but only an Ohio State shot would find the back of the net.
Tanner Laczynski received a drop pass to a wide open portion in front of Lavigne’s net from Matthew Weis and took the rare slot slapshot and blew it into the twine.
Mason Jobst had the secondary assist, but wouldn’t be done in this one.
Jobst would put the Buckeyes up 3-0 just 3:28 into the third as he broke away from the Michigan defense and pulled a deke on Lavigne that left the entire left side of the net wide open for the tap in. Hard to make it look easier than that, though you’d think Lavigne would realize that Jobst was definitely going back right since a Michigan defender was crashing down to his left.
His 12th of the year effectively put this one away. Dakota Joshua would add a goal of his own as he tipped a Matt Miller shot to make it 4-0 before the nine minute mark of the third. Michigan wouldn’t even register a single goal.
The process wasn’t great from the Buckeyes tonight, but when you get a sparkling performance from your consistently fantastic goalie and the offense is getting wide open slapshot opportunities in front of the net and breakaways, the process doesn’t matter as much.
The Buckeyes will look to once again defy the process on Saturday night when they host the Wolverines for the final time this regular season. They’ll look to sweep the season series in Columbus.