Miami freshman forward Jack Roslovic, the first Columbus-born and bred hockey player to be selected in the first round of an NHL draft, torched his hometown team for game-winning goals on consecutive nights over the weekend.
In Game 1 between Ohio State (0-4) and No. 18 Miami (Ohio) (2-1-1) in front of a crowd of 5,405 at the Schottenstein Center, OSU senior captain Anthony Greco took a feed from junior forward David Gust in front of the crease and powered it home past the left pad of RedHawks senior netminder Ryan McKay to tie the game at two with 2:45 left in the game.
OSU’s other senior captain, Craig Dalrymple, also assisted on the Greco goal.
One minute and 12 seconds later, Roslovic found a rebound off of the right pad of OSU junior goaltender Matt Tomkins and buried it in the back of the net to give Miami a 3-2 win.
For OSU coach Steve Rohlik, it was a tough lesson for his young team to learn.
“You tie (the game) up and you give yourself a chance,” Rohlik said. “You have a breakdown and (the puck) is in the back of your net. It’s disappointing but certainly something you’ve got to build on.”
Tomkins, who made 27 saves on the night, gave his team a chance to win, but was still concerned about the last goal.
“I thought that’s a save I could make,” Tomkins said. “Definitely a big save, but one that I’m capable of making.”
His counterpart in McKay made 25 stops as the Scarlet and Gray were outshot 30-27.
Game 2 at Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio, saw the Buckeyes and RedHawks all squared at one until the 13:56 mark of the second period when it was Roslovic again hammering home the eventual game winner, as Miami went on to win 3-1.
The Winnipeg Jets draftee leads the RedHawks in points through four games with three goals and two assists.
OSU freshman forward Mason Jobst scored his first collegiate goal 5:22 into the middle frame assisted by Gust and sophomore Luke Stork.
Tomkins and McKay were the starters again for their respective teams. Tomkins made 38 saves on 41 Miami shots while McKay stopped 27 of the 28 shots sent his way.
The power play was an issue for the Buckeyes this weekend as it was against Bowling Green last weekend. OSU went a combined 0-for-7 with the man advantage and is now 1-for-16 this season.
OSU’s penalty kill, which was perfect until Saturday night, got nicked up, as the RedHawks went 2-for-5.
The Scarlet and Gray are next set to travel to Providence, Rhode Island, to take on the No. 2 Providence Friars for two games next weekend.
Although his team heads into another tough matchup winless, Rohlik saw some silver linings against Miami.
“We made steps but we’re a long way away,” Rohlik said. “That’s going to be the fun part about this team. I think we’ve got so much room for improvement and I know the guys want to do it and I know the guys want to put the effort in.”