Ohio State Hockey Beats Princeton 4-2 To Advance In The NCAA Tournament

Ohio State Hockey Beats Princeton 4-2 To Advance In The NCAA Tournament

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Ohio State Hockey Beats Princeton 4-2 To Advance In The NCAA Tournament


The Ohio State hockey team disposed of No. 4 seed Princeton to advance to the next round of the NCAA tournament.


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Ohio State Hockey Beats Princeton 4-2 To Advance In The NCAA Tournament

Ohio State played a relatively drama-free first round NCAA tournament game today, defeating Princeton 4-2 in the PPL Center in Allentown, PA. Thee win was the Buckeyes’ first in the NCAA tournament since 1998.

Both teams seemed to feel each other out at first, with the first score not coming until 6:28 remaining in the first period with Ohio State on the power play. Tanner Laczynski was able to find Mason Jobst up just to the left of the slot who rifled one into the back of the net.

Just twenty seconds later, Ronnie Hein won a race to the puck along the boards and sent one to the front of the net where Kevin Miller re-directed it past Princeton goalie Ryan Ferland for a 2-0 lead.

Despite some good chances, the game went scoreless in the second period, but Ohio State gained some breathing room by scoring two more in the third before Princeton was able to add two garbage time goals for the final of 4-2.

All in all, it was a workmanlike performance you’d expect with a No. 1 vs. No. 4 seed in the first round. If there’s one area of concern, it’s the Buckeyes habit of giving up bad penalties. Luckily, for the Buckeyes, their penalty kill was up to the task on six of seven chances against a streaking Princeton team.

The rate of heading to the penalty box will need to slow to more of a trickle as the competition level gets more stiff going forward.

Ohio State will take on winner of Denver and Penn State on Sunday at 6:30 PM for a shot in the Frozen Four.

 

 

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