Being good on the penalty kill demands tenacity and sometimes sacrifice. Ohio State men’s hockey player Mason Jobst would attest to that, and he has the bruises to prove it.

With the Buckeyes set to play Michigan State this weekend at Value City Arena, it was hard to forget the way Jobst, a junior forward from Speedway, Indiana, blocked four straight shots in a game last week during a two-game sweep of Michigan.

“It seemed like they were just kind of shooting at me on purpose at one point,” Jobst said, sort of joking.

He didn’t flinch, which helps explain why the fifth-ranked Buckeyes lead the nation in penalty-killing, giving up just nine goals in 98 short-handed opportunities.

“I think it’s hard to find an All-American that gets 50-plus points a year who’s willing to block four shots in a row for you,” goaltender Sean Romeo said. “That makes him a special player.”

Jobst appreciated the compliment, but he knows he’s not alone among the Buckeyes. Teammate and captain Sasha Larocque, who has a team-leading 57 blocked shots, is “laying his body on the line, even in practice,” Jobst said, and others pick up on it.

“I see that and say, ‘Wow, these guys are sacrificing their bodies, so I’m going to do my best to go out there and sacrifice mine,’ ” Jobst said.

Romeo has watched it unfold in front of him, especially during the Buckeyes’ current run in which they’ve won nine of their past 10 games. Such effort, he said, has become part of the team ethic.

“Everybody buying in,” Romeo said. “Guys are willing to block shots and do whatever it takes to kill a penalty. When you’ve got commitment like that, it makes it a lot easier.”

In terms of his improvement in that stretch, Romeo smiled.

“Honestly, with the way we block shots, I do less on the penalty kill. I kind of just stand there,” Romeo said. “But, yeah, I know they’re going to get some good looks and I’ve got to be ready for it.”

Romeo has been stellar, ranking sixth nationally in save percentage at .927 (584 saves on 630 shots). With the Buckeyes No. 1 on the penalty kill, they are also No. 4 in overall scoring defense, allowing 2.08 goals per game.

Ohio State also is potent on the power play, with Jobst tied for ninth nationally in power-play goals with seven, and the team tied for 18th nationally with 22 goals in 106 chances.

“We kind of categorize specials teams as one,” Jobst said. “Coach (Steve Rohlik) talks a lot Monday through Thursday about winning the specials teams battle.”

The key Friday and Saturday against Michigan State also will be focus, since the Buckeyes, second in the Big Ten, have a pending date next week at league-leader Notre Dame.

“Obviously, (Michigan State is) at the bottom of the standings, but as you’ve seen in this league over and over, everyone can beat everyone on any given night,” Jobst said. “I expect them to come at us really hard.”