(Photo and game/team information courtesy Ohio State Athletic Department)
The Buckeyes began their Big Ten season with a 1-0 road win over host Northwestern. Hunter Robertson had only one of OSU’s 13 shots, but made it count with a goal at the 5:32 mark to give Ohio State the (fairly) quick 1-0 lead. As it turned out, that was the scoring the Buckeyes needed, because…
Goalie Parker Siegfried, and the Ohio State defense, recorded their 3rd consecutive shutout, which was their 4th of the season. The defense disrupted the Wildcats offense to the point that Northwestern only attempted four shots; Siegfried blocked one and three others were wide of the goal.
Northwestern entered this game averaging averaging 10 shots per game. To hold them to less than half their average is a very good defensive effort.
Meanwhile on offense, the Buckeyes had 13 shots, 6 of them on-goal. One shot scored and Northwestern’s goalie Miha Miskovoc had 5 saves. Although half of Ohio State’s goals were wide/high – that’s okay. If you keep firing shots, even though some may not be on target, an offense is forcing a defense, including the goalie, to react to the shot, At some point they’ll be caught out of position for a put-back shot.
Additionally for Ohio State; Michael Prosuk had 2 shots (1 on goal), Joshua Jackson-Ketchup (2,1), Abdi Mohamed (2,1), Nate Kohl (2,1) and Mitch Bergman (3,2) had multiple shots and at least one shot on goal. I think that having multiple players take multiple shots works in your favor pretty often.
Ohio State hosts the Penn State Nittany Lions Tuesday at 6:00 pm ET. The game will be broadcast on BTN, but if you’re in the area, I suggest to stop in to see for yourself.