Ryan Nassib is headed to New York. The New York Giants selected the former Syracuse quarterback Nassib with the thirteenth pick of the fourth round Saturday — No. 110 overall.The Giants traded the No. 116 overall pick to the Cardinals to move up and take Nassib. The Oakland Raiders took Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson with the No. 112 overall pick.Nassib started at quarterback for three years for the Orange, winning 21 games and two Pinstripe Bowls in his three full seasons as a starter. He was projected as high as No. 8 overall to the New York Jets. Former SU head coach Doug Marrone could have been reunited with his former quarterback by drafting Nassib at No. 16 overall, but the Buffalo Bills head coach instead opted to draft former Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel.Nassib was named a first-team All-American by Pro Football Weekly. Unlike other All-American teams that choose players based on collegiate production, PFW chooses players based on who is expected to be the best professional.The former SU quarterback completed 62.4 percent of his passes for 3,749 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a senior. The Orange finished 8-5 and won its second bowl game in three seasons.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFormer SU tackle Justin Pugh went No. 19 overall to the New York Giants too. Nassib is now the fourth quarterback on the Giants’ roster, joining Eli Manning, David Carr and Curtis Painter. Comments Related Stories Class of their own: NFL Draft presents final step in seniors’ effort to restore Syracuse’s legitimacyNew York Giants select former Syracuse quarterback Nassib with 13th pick in 4th roundFormer Syracuse tackle Pugh drafted 19th overall by New York Giants Published on April 27, 2013 at 12:47 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+
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Kamloops was up 2-0 when some strong checking by Julia Burkart and Amiee Montpellier created a loose ball for Bomber speedster Hanna Quinn to pounce and slide a low shot into the Kamloops goal cutting the lead in half. It stayed that way for much of the second half until late in the game, when Kamloops had a short corner and netted their third goal and a 3 – 1 win. “All – in – all not a bad game by the bombers they all played hard and in the end it was just inexperience and a short bench that got us,” said Walgren. “Next up was the host Oliver, always a tall order to come out with a win against them,” Walgren added.Even with a short bench and thanks to two Grade 8 girls from Trafalgar Jessica McLeod and Marisa Price, the Bombers scored first when speedy Hanna Quinn got a hold of a loose ball and scored on a partial breakaway. Oliver then pressed the Bomber midfield and backline and scored soon after tying the game 1-1. The Hornets then took the lead on a broken play as the lady bombers could not clear the ball and a low hard shot was deflected past the bomber keeper Ashley Hall who had no chance on the play, for the 2 -1 win. Saturday the Bombers did not start until later in the day and that extra rest seemed to help. First up was Penticton Lakers.Rookie Page Meisner scored off of a goalmouth scramble before Hanna Quinn doubled LVR’s lead with some speedy running and great stick work.Penticton pressed the Bombers and got a goal late to make the game interesting at the end, but strong midfield play from Julia Burkart, Aimee Montpellier and backline play from Heather Potkins, Isabell Curiston, and Ashleigh McLean kept the Lakers at bay. LVR managed to pull even on the weekend by scoring a narrow 1-0 win over Princess Margret from Penticton.”Again strong Midfield play by Aimee Montpellier and Julia Burkart along with a solid back line with rookies Isabell Curiston, Ashleigh McLean and veteran Heather Potkins helped rookie keeper Ashleigh Hall preserve a 1 – 0 shutout,” Walgren said.Potkins scored LVR’s lone goal with a shot after some nice passing by Julia Burkart and Hanna Quinn during an LVR short corner. “All of the rookies, Keeper Ashley Hall, defence – Isabell Curiston, Ashleigh McLean, mids – Sienna Morningstar, Elissa Centrone, Aimee Montpellier, Jessica McLeod, forwards Paige Meisner, and Maria Gioveolioni played very well and showed great determination on Friday and Saturday, never stopping and always learning from the previous game,” Walgren said. Next up for the Bombers is a League game on Thursday against the very tough archrival J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail before the Bombers travel to Pass Creek for a Tournament hosted by Stanley Humphries Rockers of Castlegar Friday afternoon and Saturday. Bring on the High School Field Hockey season.The L.V. Rogers Bombers jumped into the campaign with both feet, finishing with a 2-2 during the annual trek to Oliver to compete in the South Okanagan Hornets High School Girl’s Field Hockey Tournament.”The team ended up with a 2 – 2 record, not bad considering we only went with eleven players and three of them were returning veterans from last year’s Provincial Consolation group win in Victoria,” said coach Bruce Walgren.Walgren said the Lady Bombers started out playing a very fast team from Kamloops. The Bombers were on the defensive for most of the game continuously stopping multiple Kamloops attacks. Rookie goalie Ashley Hall, along with defenders Heather Potkins, Isabell Curiston and Ashleigh Mclean did their best to move the ball up to Julia Burkart and Aimee Montpellier in the midfield but the Kamloops ladies were not giving an inch. Many hard fought battles took place in the back line and midfield.
Mayfair High girls volleyball bounced back from it’s first Suburban League loss in more than 10 years on Friday with a 25-18, 24-26, 25-19, 25-13 victory against Artesia. Senior outside hitter Jill Sorem had a huge match both offensively and defensively. She tallied 21 kills and had 16 digs to lead the Monsoons (9-8, 6-1). Senior outside hitter Katie Bos added 10 kills and 15 digs to lead Mayfair. Last week, Cerritos upset Mayfair, who had more than 100 consecutive league wins. La Mirada 3, Norwalk 1 Junior outside hitter Julie Reich had 11 kills, senior outside hitter Katrina Rosales had nine kills and four blocks as the Matadores (9-4, 5-2) won 24-26,25-9, 25-25, 29-27 in Suburban League play. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week La Mirada plays host to Artesia at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Cerritos 3, Bellflower 1 The Dons are still on a mile high after taking down Mayfair last week. Senior setter Kelsey Fong registered 25 assists, and senior outside hitter Kristy Trimble recorded 13 kills as the Dons (8-6, 7-0) defeated the host Buccaneers in four games by the score of 25-19, 25-19, 23-25, 25-14 to remain undefeated in the Suburban League. Carson 3, Washington 0 Senior middle blocker Mary Laupepa had nine kills and three aces and senior middle blocker Kori Willis had eight kills and two aces as the Colts (8-2, 5-2) won easily by defeating the Generals 25-9, 25-8, 25-10 in Marine League play. San Pedro 3, Narbonne 0 Junior setter Samantha Taylor had 25 assists, five kills and five digs to lead the Pirates to a 25-15, 25-12, 25-14 victory against the visiting Gauchos in Marine League play. Senior libero Jenny Miller recorded 21 digs for San Pedro (14-0, 7-0) Junior middle blocker Alex Bubica had seven kills, 11 digs and five blocks. With the loss, Narbonne drops to 12-2 overall and 5-2 in league competition. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
ALAMEDA — Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was a guest on ESPN’s “Gruden’s QB Camp” while awaiting the draft coming out of Fresno State so he was no stranger to in-depth talk about everything that goes into a modern passing game.Little did he know that when Jon Gruden became his head coach, there was a much different message.“One of the first things he ever said to me when he was the coach here was, ‘Get excited about the run game,’ ” Carr said Wednesday. “And as a young quarterback that …
COLINET, N.L. – A man in his early 60s was killed when a gun accidentally discharged during a rabbit hunting trip on Newfoundland’s east coast, police said Monday.RCMP Const. Steven Hatch said officers were called to a remote dirt road near Colinet at about 1:35 p.m. Saturday for a report of an accidental shooting.“We got a 911 call from one of the people in the hunting party that there was an accidental discharge of a firearm, striking another male in the upper body,” he said from Placentia. “Indications are that it was a hunting accident.”He says police and paramedics responded, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene on Route 91.Hatch said the man, from the Foxtrap area of Conception Bay South, was hunting rabbit with others and was on the dirt road when the shooting occurred.Police are investigating with help from the medical examiner’s office.
Aaron Rodgers is arguably the greatest quarterback of all time,1By career quarterback passer rating, he is. so it’s hard to imagine that there could ever be too much Rodgers in a game plan. Yet this seemed to be the problem for Mike McCarthy and Green Bay through the first nine weeks of the season. On Sunday, though, the Packers flipped the script for a 31-12 victory against the Miami Dolphins, a win keyed by one of the best rushing performances in the Rodgers era.The Packers entered Week 10 last in the NFL in share of running plays on first down (39.6 percent) despite being second in the league in play success on those runs (48.5 percent).2A successful first-down play is defined as getting a first down or touchdown or gaining at least 40 percent of the yardage needed to convert a first down. But on Sunday, they ran on more than half of their first downs (51.85 percent) and gained 142 yards on their 14 carries, including 117 yards on nine carries by Aaron Jones.Even with their Week 10 performance, the Packers still stand out when we juxtapose how often they run on first down with how well they run: On Sunday, the Packers weren’t just taking advantage of a soft run defense to make this kind of structural change: Miami entered the game in the middle of the pack in play success allowed to opponents running on first down. Instead, a renewed focus on the run has been in the works in Green Bay for several weeks.Just giving the ball to Jones was a massive step in the right direction for Green Bay. He only recently became the Packers’ primary running back. After serving a suspension the first two games of the year for a substance abuse violation, Jones split snaps with Ty Montgomery and Jamaal Williams largely because of the Packers’ passing emphasis. McCarthy saw him as an incomplete running back because of his shortcomings as a blocker and as a receiving threat.“There’s more to playing the position than just running the football,” McCarthy said in early October. And that’s especially true if running the football is not remotely a point of emphasis for a team.But that’s changing now. And why shouldn’t it? Let’s compare the first 19 games of Aaron Jones’s career to the first 19 games of another back with a Hall of Fame quarterback who ended up changing his team’s scheme:Jones: 154 carries for 942 yards (6.12 yards per rush), 8 rushing TDsAlvin Kamara: 157 carries for 869 yards (5.54 yards per rush), 10 rushing TDsWhile NFL teams generally run too much — especially on first down — it’s a problem specifically when defenses are geared to stop the run. But that’s not the case for teams facing Green Bay. Like Kamara and the Saints last year, Jones has a quarterback whom defenses fear so much that they don’t dare put an extra defender in the box to stuff the running back.This season, the Packers have faced eight or more defenders in the box on first down just eight times in 272 snaps, a league-low rate of 2.94 percent (8.75 percent is average). Defenses are pretty much willing to concede the run — similar to how teams defend the Los Angeles Rams, who face stacked boxes almost as infrequently (3.8 percent). But the Rams, who are the only team better than the Packers in rushing success rate (51.1 percent), run the ball on first down 56.3 percent of the time, including 49.4 percent in the first half, when the score of the game is less likely to influence these play calls.Can the Packers, at 4-4-1, maintain this newfound offensive balance and ride their running ways to the postseason? Their first test will be Thursday at Seattle before they travel to Minnesota in Week 12 in a game that could determine an NFC wild-card spot. The promos and advertisements for that Sunday Night Football contest will spotlight Aaron Rodgers, but the Packers featuring less of him may be the key to getting that victory.Check out our latest NFL predictions.
Ohio State redshirt junior guard Kam Williams attempts a shot in the first half against Maryland at the Schottenstein Center on Jan. 31. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorWithout sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle available, the Ohio State men’s basketball team knew it had its hand full at No. 21 Maryland, who beat the Buckeyes just two weeks earlier.OSU dug its way back from several double-digit deficits, but couldn’t close the gap, as the Buckeyes (15-11, 5-8 Big Ten) fell 86-77 to the Maryland Terrapins (21-4, 9-3 Big Ten) in College Park, Maryland, on Saturday.Senior forward Marc Loving led all scorers with 24 points for the Scarlet and Gray, as junior forward Jae’Sean Tate added 20. Freshman guard Anthony Cowan led Maryland with 19 points as freshman guard Kevin Huerter had 18.In the final four minutes, both teams caught fire from beyond the arc. Down 77-66 with 3:41 remaining, Loving hit back-to-back 3s to cut the Maryland lead to five. Terrapin freshman guard Kevin Huerter answered with a 3 of his own, but redshirt junior guard Kam Williams answered for the Buckeyes to make it 80-75.On the next possession, the Buckeyes needed a stop, but Cowan had other plans. He effectively put the game away for Maryland with a 3 with only 41 seconds remaining to increase the lead back to eight.Sophomore guard C.J. Jackson had 13 points in his third start of the season, and redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson had 11 points and 10 rebounds for his 10th double-double.The Terrapins came out firing from the beginning, knocking down four of their first six shots and led 9-0 at the first media timeout. But the lack of OSU offense wasn’t from a stagnant offense, shots simply weren’t falling despite the Buckeyes grabbing five offensive rebounds in the first four minutes.OSU stopped the bleeding by scoring 11 points over the next four minutes, but a Maryland 8-0 run out of the second media timeout slashed a deeper deficit for the Buckeyes at 24-13.From there, Maryland continued to build to its lead. After back-to-back dunks by backup center Michal Cekovsky, the home team led 40-24, its largest lead of the game.OSU trailed 45-31 at the half behind 20 bench points and seven 3-pointers from the Terps.In the second half, Maryland’s quick-hitting offense continued to overwhelm the Buckeyes. Freshman center Micah Potter narrowly missed a shot that would have cut the Terrapin lead to six, as he watched his 3-point attempt rattle in then out. On the other end, Potter watched freshman guard Kevin Huerter drill a 3 right in front of him, extending the Terps lead to 12.After that, the Buckeyes began to make a comeback. Redshirt junior guard Kam Williams knocked down a jumper and senior forward Marc Loving made a 3 to slim the deficit to seven. A few possessions later, sophomore guard C.J. Jackson made his second 3, making it a six-point game with 13:05 left.OSU continued to fight throughout the half, even withstanding a couple double-digit deficits. In the end, the effort wasn’t enough, despite shooting 60 percent in the second half.Potter and Thompson each fouled out with four minutes to go. Loving and Tate scored 15 and 14 points in the second half, respectively.OSU outrebounded Maryland 32-30, but committed 14 turnovers and were outscored 33-0 in bench points.Up NextOSU plays a second consecutive conference matchup on the road Tuesday at Michigan State at 9 p.m.
Berths for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament aren’t won and lost in November, but teams can certainly make a case for higher seeding come March with early season success. The No. 3-ranked Ohio State basketball team will have its first chance to impress the nation and take a significant step toward a top spot in March Madness Tuesday when it hosts the No. 7-ranked Florida Gators at the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes opened the 2011-12 campaign with a 73-42 win against Wright State Friday in a game senior guard William Buford said the Buckeyes could have executed better. “I think we could have done better on the offensive end executing our plays,” Buford said. “We were kind of sluggish in the first half.” The Buckeyes shot just 32 percent in the game, but sophomore forward Jared Sullinger, who led all scorers in the game with 19 points on 4-of-7 shooting, helped turn a tight contest into a rout. “We got tired of it being a back-and-forth game,” Sullinger said. “We decided to put our foot on their throat and stop the back-and-forthness.” There was no “back-and-forthness” in the Gators’ opening-night win. Florida (1-0) also opened its season Friday, defeating Jackson State, 99-59. The Gators were led by junior guard Kenny Boynton’s 19 points and shot 51-percent from the field in the win. Florida coach Billy Donovan’s squad returns two starters — Boynton and senior guard Erving Walker — from last year’s team, which dropped a 93-75 decision to the Buckeyes at Stephen C. O’Connell Center on Nov. 16, 2010. “I know they didn’t forget what happened last time when we went (to Florida) and won by 20 at their home court,” Sullinger said. “They’ll be looking for some revenge.” The Gators might find themselves hard-pressed to avenge last year’s loss thanks to the Buckeyes’ stout defense. OSU forced 16 first-half turnovers against Wright State and limited the Raiders to 13-of-41 shooting from the field. OSU coach Thad Matta said that, similar to last year’s matchup with the Gators, defense will be key for his team. “We’ve got to defend. We’ve got to do a great job taking care of the basketball,” Matta said. “They’re one of the best team’s I’ve seen thus far.” In just the second game of the season for both teams, not even the Buckeyes are fully aware of their identity. Matta said one advantage of playing the No. 8 team in the country early in the season is that he’ll have a better understanding of his squad. “I like it from the standpoint that, by the conclusion (Tuesday’s) game, we’ll have a better feeling of where we are, good or bad,” Matt said. “I’m aware that we’ve got a long way to go, but you play a game like this and hope that you come out and you’re a better basketball team because of it.” Tuesday’s match with the Gators, Southeastern Conference East division winners and owners of a 29-8 overall record last season, is no dress rehearsal, though. “Florida is going to be a different breed, I know that much,” Sullinger said. Buford agreed, saying the Buckeyes will need to improve before Tuesday’s battle with the Gators. “We need to play much better, or it’s not going to be pretty,” he said. “We beat them on their home floor (last year), so they’re going to come in and give us their best.” Tuesday’s game against Florida is set to tip off at 8 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
Pedon visits his father in hospice care following the Buckeyes’ 80-64 victory over Michigan State on Jan. 7. Credit: Courtesy of Ryan PedonRyan Pedon still remembers the exact seats he sat in for Ohio State men’s basketball games in St. John Arena with his father, mother and sister when he was growing up.Section 7A, row 14, seats 1, 2, 3 and 4.For nearly 15 years of his childhood, Pedon sat in those seats next to his father, Felix Pedon. Ryan, hired to be an assistant coach for the Buckeyes in June, remembers the time spent in that arena as well as anything else from his youth. His mind often wanders back to those seats, especially now — now that he could be close to losing his best friend.Felix has battled Lewy body dementia since his diagnosis eight years ago. At age 86, after years of watching Ryan’s games as an athlete, and now as a coach, he is nearing the end of his battle.Ryan, who departs Thursday for the Big Ten tournament in New York City, is unsure if his father will be alive when he returns.“My gut says about a week, but I don’t know,” Ryan said Tuesday. “I don’t know what to base that off of. I’m not a doctor. Just kind of watching him, looking at him in his hospice bed right now. He’s peaceful. I don’t think he’s having trouble breathing at the moment, so maybe a week or two.”On most road trips, Ryan has been able to effectively compartmentalize his feelings. He said he is always trying to balance his roles as a coach, father, husband and son.But given the health of his father, Ryan’s trip to New York for what could be several days will be different.Felix has always had a family member by his side since his diagnosis. Now that his health is beginning to fail him, Ryan might not be there at the end, something with which he has made peace.“At this point, I think I know my dad would want me to be with the team,” Ryan said, breaking down in tears. “And as much as I’d like to be there for him at the end, you put your faith in the man above and you’ve just sort of got to let the chips fall where they may. Sort of, you leave him in the Lord’s hands. I think that’s probably the best thing I could say.“I’ve got to be there with our team and hope I’m around when it happens, but if I’m not, then I know we’ll have other family that will be here.”—If there was a golden child in the family, it was Ryan, said Dean, his second-oldest half-brother. Felix was always heavily invested in sports, having played tennis until a knee operation in 2008, as well as coaching basketball, baseball and football at St. Catherine’s high school for several years.Dean said Felix knew once Ryan, his fifth son, was born, he had a future basketball player.“My dad came out and he was so proud that he had another boy,” Dean said. “He said, ‘He can dribble with both hands and he goes right to the basket.’ And that truly is how he introduced Ryan to me.”From an early age, Ryan’s parents encouraged him to play basketball — to a certain extent. Ryan had a basketball “bigger than he was,” said his mom, Sally. He took it with him wherever he went, until his mom found it deflated in the trunk of the family station wagon one summer.Ohio State assistant coach Ryan Pedon looks onto the court during the Buckeyes’ final home game of the 2017-18 regular season on Feb. 20, 2018. Ohio State won 79-56. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Assistant Sports EditorWhile Sally expressed concern that her son was becoming too “one-dimensional,” Felix encouraged the habit, building a basketball hoop in the backyard above the garage and frequently playing with Ryan. He even put lights around it so Ryan could continue playing until midnight, often keeping the neighbors awake.When they couldn’t play in the backyard, they went to a local community center.Ryan and his dad were so close, Ryan made him the best man at his wedding in 2010. It was, as Felix shuffled down the aisle, that the family doctor — who was a friend and neighbor in attendance at the wedding — noticed what he believed to be symptoms of Parkinson’s.His disease was originally diagnosed as a form of Parkinsonism, Sally said, but around a year later was identified as Lewy body dementia after Felix underwent multiple tests at Ohio State.“I didn’t know a lot about Lewy body, and I certainly did a little bit of research, but it was something that we found out would be a gradual, you know, sort of a gradual progression,” Ryan said.Given that it is a slow-moving disease and his dad still seemed to be in relatively fine condition — though he began to lose motor skills — the family felt fortunate in some respects. “I don’t want to make it seem like in 2010 it was a death sentence either, because it wasn’t,” Ryan said. “The last eight years, it was probably a blessing that we could see it coming a little bit, too, as opposed to — when it’s a loved one, I think we’re all different with how we respond to death of loved ones. Everybody’s different, but I know our family, we were appreciative that we were able to say our goodbyes and sort of see it coming.”—For a while, most of the Pedon family was away from Columbus. Four of the five sons lived out of state, as did Ryan’s sister, Amy. However, Ryan was hired to join head coach Chris Holtmann’s staff at Ohio State in the summer, bringing him back home to his father.Men’s basketball assistant coach Ryan Pedon sits with his father, Felix Pedon in the Schottenstein Center during a family visit in 2017. Credit: Courtesy of Ryan PedonHaving grown up the son of a Buckeye fan and raised as one, Ryan felt pride at the chance to be able to tell his father that he would be coaching at Ohio State. It had always been a dream of the Pedon family for Ryan to be able to return to Columbus. The dream, unfortunately, was met with a morbid moment.“When I told him I was coming to Ohio State — I’m sorry I’m getting choked up a little bit here,” Ryan said, “But he said, the night I told him I was coming to Ohio State, he said, ‘I can die a happy man.’”Shortly after being hired, Ryan took his parents and his high school basketball coach on a tour of the Schottenstein Center. The group ventured throughout the arena, seeing where the shoes are kept in the locker room, the coaches’ offices and the court with empty seats.Sally said Felix was so proud and that it felt like a dream come true for him to receive a tour of the Buckeyes’ home arena by his son — one of the coaches.Felix was in better shape during the tour of the arena, but as the season neared, his health declined. Ryan said he is unsure if his dad was even able to comprehend or fully watch a game with Ryan as an Ohio State coach on TV given his current mental state.“The saddest thing is he was looking forward to — that was his goal in rehab this fall was to get better and stronger so he could go to that [Nov. 5 matchup against Wooster],” Sally said. “It was sad that he did not get to make that game or any this season.”Ryan visits his dad as frequently as he can. Often, he goes by himself when he can find the time. Whether it’s on the way home from games, before a road trip or just some free time, Ryan tries to spend time with his dad whenever possible.“It’s been pretty cool to be able to go, and with the season we’ve had and go there and tell him that, ‘Dad, we just beat the No. 1 team in the country. We beat Michigan State,’” Ryan said. “You go after games, and sometimes I’ll go real early in the morning. Sometimes I’ll go real late at night. But I just go and sit there and just talk to him.”Ryan has not opened up about his father’s disease much with his fellow coaches. In fact, Holtmann said he asks Ryan about his father more often than Ryan brings him up. Holtmann said he knows Ryan has gone through a lot and encourages him to take time off should he need it.“He needs to know he has my blessing to do that and more than anything, I’m encouraging him to do that, if that’s what he feels like he needs,” Holtmann said. “But he also may feel like, hey, like he told me, ‘My dad would want me to be doing this.’”Even with Ryan having said it has been nice to have the eight years with his father rather than an unexpected loss, Ryan will be losing the person he calls his father, his role model, his best friend.Sally, who has spent countless hours watching the two play pickup basketball outside and going with them to play golf, knows it will be hard on Ryan. It will be hard on everyone in the family. “I’m proud of my kid,” Sally said. “It’s the end of an era. Ryan and his dad have been the closest of all the children.”When he steps onto the team bus that will take him to the airport to board a plane for New York City on Thursday, Ryan won’t know for certain whether he will see his father alive again.But he will forever see his father in his memories, always in that same row, always in the same seats.
Ohio State junior forward Freddy Gerard (15) evades a defender in the first period of the game against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignNo. 1 Ohio State (2-0) swept its season opener at Arizona State (2-2) to get its season off to a hot start. Ohio State is beginning its season after being ranked No. 1 in the nation for the first time in team history in both the USCHO and USA Today Men’s Hockey polls.The Buckeyes won their first game on Friday by a score of 3-2 and shut out the Sun Devils on Saturday 3-0.Game 1The Buckeyes got off to a quick start Friday as senior forward Freddy Gerard opened up the scoring off an assist from junior forward Carson Meyer just six minutes into the game.After a penalty by senior forward Dakota Joshua as the first period winded down, sophomore forward Johnny Walker scored the Sun Devils’ first goal on the power play less than a minute into the second period to tie the game up.The power play was an important factor for both teams, with three of the five goals scored coming with a man advantage. Ohio State was two for five while Arizona State only converted on one of its four opportunities.The Buckeyes quickly followed up Arizona State’s first goal with a power play of their own, allowing Joshua to score his first goal with assists by senior forward Mason Jobst and redshirt junior defenseman Wyatt Ege.Only a couple minutes later, Meyer scored his first goal in the Scarlet and Gray off assists from Jobst and junior forward Tanner Laczynski to make the score 3-1. Walker scored on the power play for Arizona State with only seconds to go in the second period to make it 3-2, but senior goaltender Sean Romeo saved all 12 shots sent his way in the third period to secure the win.Romeo saved 24 shots and allowed two goals in the victory.Game 2Following the Buckeyes 3-2 win on Friday, it took a bit longer for both teams to get into their rhythms on Saturday.The first goal of the game came with just over a minute left in the second period by junior forward Ronnie Hein, assisted by Laczynski and junior defenseman Matt Miller. Though two of Ohio State’s three goals on Friday came via the power play, the Buckeyes did most of their scoring Saturday with Arizona State at full strength. Ohio State wasn’t able to capitalize on its six power play opportunities during the matchup. Arizona State similarly struggled, failing to convert on each of its six power play attempts. After trading power plays for most of the game, the Sun Devils eventually got called for tripping Jobst on a breakaway which resulted in a penalty shot, which Jobst buried, giving Ohio State the 2-0 lead. Tripping was just one of the penalties called in this physical game, which resulted in 15 penalties and 30 minutes of time in the penalty box.With only 20 seconds to play, assists from redshirt junior forward Miguel Fidler and senior forward John Wiitala led to Hein’s second goal of the game in an empty net to cap the game off 3-0.Sophomore goaltender Tommy Nappier saved all 27 shots sent his way in his second career shutout.Overall, the Buckeyes out shot Arizona State 70-53 in the series and killed nine of the ten penalties they faced. Ohio State only converted on two of its 11 power play opportunities. The Buckeyes will come back to Columbus for their home opener against Massachusetts at the Schottenstein Center on Friday at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday at 5:05 p.m.