Injury, departure leave Ohio State with one healthy goaltender

25 OCT 2013: Matt Tomkins (OSU - 31)  The Ohio State Buckeyes beat the Robert Morris University Colonials 5-3 in a non-conference matchup at Value City Arena in Columbus, OH. (©Rachel Lewis)
Ohio State goaltender Matt Tomkins was injured early in Saturday’s game (photo: Rachel Lewis).

Ohio State lost a second goalie in the span of eight days Saturday when Matt Tomkins left a game against Niagara with an apparent right leg injury.

Tomkins was replaced by Logan Davis, who made his first collegiate appearance and backstopped a 6-1 Buckeyes victory.

A week earlier, sophomore Collin Olson left the program, citing a lack of playing time.

That left Tomkins and Davis — both freshmen — as the only goalies on Ohio State’s roster, and the injury to Tomkins further decimated the depth at the position.

Sources said Ohio State coaches feared that Tomkins suffered a broken tibia four minutes into Saturday’s game, an injury that could end his season.

After Saturday’s game, Buckeyes coach Steve Rohlik did not give the media a diagnosis or a length of time Tomkins would miss.

“Numbers don’t lie, we have one right now,” he said. “Depending on how many days with [Tomkins], but sometimes those are the cards you are dealt and we’ll deal with it. We have a great group and we will work extremely hard.”

An Ohio State spokesperson said Sunday that Tomkins is still being evaluated.

If it’s needed, the team could add a player to its roster as long as he is already enrolled at the school. Ohio State has an ACHA Division II club team that lists three goaltenders.

Tomkins, a seventh-round pick by Chicago in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, started eight of Ohio State’s first 10 games.

UPDATE: Rohlik told Jeff Svoboda of Buckeye Sports Bulletin that Tomkins’ injury would not be season-ending.



A source said examinations showed the injury was not a broken tibia as coaches initially feared.