The Ohio State Buckeyes Men's Ice Hockey team find themselves one step closer to Tampa, FL after a throttling victory over the Harvard Crimson on Friday afternoon at Total Mortgage Arena in Bridgeport, CT.
The Crimson seemed to have no ability to solve Montreal Canadiens prospect Jakub Dobes in net, averaging just 4 shots on goal per period. Meanwhile, the Buckeyes offense averaging 12 SOG per period had their way with Washington Capitals prospect Mitchell Gibson who was pulled after the 2nd period, for Scituate, Mass. native Derek Mullahy, and then returned late in the 3rd to close out his Crimson career, as they piled on for 8 goals enroute to an 8-1 victory.
Boston Bruins prospect, sophomore defender, Mason Lohrei (Madison, Wis.) showed he may be ready for the next stage as he picked up his 4th goal of the season and two assists. He now stands at 8 goals, 53 assists in his Buckeyes career. Lohrei was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2020 Draft by the Bruins.
"We have a really talented defense and it only helps us that much more when we're able to click in like we did tonight and help the whole team" said Lohrei. "Our focus certainly is on Sunday but obviously the reason we are here is the ultimate prize in Tampa."
In regards to being a Boston Bruins draftee, Lohrei added "It's been really fun to watch and learn from them as the season has gone on. It's an honor to have been selected by such a legendary organization and a class organization. To have an Original Six logo next to your name is something special."
Fellow sophomores and undrafted Buckeyes Cole McWard (Fenton, Mo.) and Cam Theising (Nashville, Tenn.) led the team with 2 goals each including an assist for Theising.
Harvard finally got a goal on the baord with 3:14 left of the 3rd period on a power-play tally from John Farinacci (Chatam, NJ / Arizona Coyotes) as he picked up his 5th of the season. Sean Farrell (Hopkinton, Mass. / Montreal Canadiens) and Ian Moore (Concord, Mass. / Anaheim Ducks) picked up the assists.
Harvard closes out their season with a 24-8-2 record and will still be able to celebrate a successful ECAC title winning season.
Buckeyes Head Coach Steve Rohlik, in his 10th season, said of his squad that he feels "we have a special squad this year who've been through a lot and still have a lot to prove and accomplish."
The win for the Buckeyes advances their record on the season to 21-15-3 and sends the No. 3 seed to the Regional Championship game on Sunday at 4:00pm.