The Ohio State hockey team might have come up short in the Big Ten championship game last Saturday, but the Buckeyes are quickly shifting their focus to bigger, better things. Ohio State earned a No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament, and will play No. 4-seed Princeton in the first round this coming Saturday.
For sophomore forward Tannery Laczynski, who leads Ohio State with 43 points (15 goals, 28 assists), it’s a chance to achieve a lifelong dream.
🏒🗣 Tanner Laczynski on mentality going into NCAA Tourney: Basically your life’s on the line. You don’t want it to be your last game unless you’re holding the trophy. We play our entire lives to go for the national championship.
— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) March 21, 2018
Ohio State (24-9-5) is making its second straight national tournament appearance, and its eighth all-time. The Buckeyes lost to eventual runner up Minnesota Duluth in the first round last season, forcing overtime before falling, 3-2.
The team has played Princeton three times in history, winning all three matchups. The last time was on Jan. 3., 2003 when Ohio State picked up a 4-1 win at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh.
Laczynski is one of two Buckeyes players to have exceeded 40 points this season, with junior forward Mason Jobst (41 points) being the other. Senior forward Matthew Weiss has 37 points.
Ohio State’s game against Princeton starts at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday and will be broadcasted on ESPNU.