Feb. 27, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – With points from 13 players, the Ohio State men’s hockey team defeated Wisconsin, 6-5, on Senior Night Saturday in Value City Arena.
The Buckeyes’ rallied from a 3-1 deficit at the end of the first period and trailed 4-2 midway through the second. The teams headed into the second intermission tied at four after Buckeye goals from freshman Miguel Fidler and junior Nick Schilkey. Ohio State took its first lead at 2:54 of the third on a goal from sophomore Luke Stork, but the Badgers tied the game at 14:03. Buckeye freshman John Wiitala then notched the gamewinner at 17:11. In all, 13 Buckeyes had a point, with six goal scorers. Junior Nick Schilkey (1g, 2a) and sophomore Matthew Weis (3a) led the Buckeyes with three points each.
Next up, Ohio State faces No. 6 Michigan in a home-and-home series. The teams will meet in Ann Arbor at 7:35 p.m. Friday and at 3 p.m. Sunday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.
Wisconsin used two late goals in the final 1:04 of the first period to take a 3-1 lead into intermission. The Badgers scored first, with Grant Besse jamming the puck in at 13:02. It was called no goal on the ice, but replay showed the puck crossing the line. Ohio State tied the game at 16:03 when junior David Gust found classmate Drew Brevig at the far post and he was able to settle the puck and score with the UW goalie out of position. Sophomore Matthew Weis had the second assist on the power play goal. At 18:56 the Badgers got a power play goal of their own when Luke Kunin scored and Jake Linhart followed with a tally at 19:51, scoring on the rush. Shots were 13-11 in favor of Wisconsin in the period.
The teams were tied at four after the second period. At 2:16 of the stanza freshman Freddy Gerard scored from right in front off a pass from Weis, with Schilkey picking up the second assist. Wisconsin regained a two-goal lead at 7:25 on a Will Johnson tally, but Fidler answered less than a minute later, driving the net for a goal at 8:07. Assists went to freshman Brendon Kearney and sophomore Kevin Miller. The Buckeyes’ tied the game at 17:30 of the second when Schilkey redirected a shot from junior defenseman Josh Healey. Weis had the second assist. Ohio State outshot Wisconsin, 14-10, in the period.
Just 2:54 into the third period Stork scored on the rush, taking an assist from Schilkey. Freshman Tommy Parran also assisted on the tally, which put Ohio State in the lead for the first time (5-4). At 14:03, the Badgers deadlocked the score when Cameron Hughes tallied from in close. Wiitala’s goal came at 17:11 of the period, putting the Buckeyes back on top. He was able to knock in a loose puck out of the air with Buckeyes crashing the net. Freshman Mason Jobst and Gust assisted on the goal, Wiitala’s third gamewinner of the season. Wisconsin pulled it goalie late, but the Buckeye defense held strong. Ohio State had 13 shots in the period, Wisconsin put seven on net.
For the game, Ohio State outshot Wisconsin, 38-30. Buckeye junior Christian Frey made 25 saves in all 60 minutes. Wisconsin’s Matt Juruik had 32 stops in 58:24. Ohio State blocked 14 shots, led by Healey with five.
Each team was 1-for-2 on the power play and had three penalties in the contest.
• Schilkey is first for the Buckeyes with 17 goals and 35 points this season, ranking second with 18 assists. He has three goals, six assists and nine points in his last three games combined.
• Weis had the second three assist game of his Buckeye career and first since Oct. 10, 2014 vs. Providence. It was his third career three-point game and his second in the last three games. He is on a four-game point streak (2g, 6a, 8p). Weis is third on the squad with 26 points, including nine goals.
• Gust, who has a point in 18 of the last 19 games, is second on the squad with 32 points, including a team-best 24 assists. He has five points (1g, 4a) in his last three games combined and two points in three of his last five outings.
• Ohio State has scored 17 goals in its last three games, going 2-0-1 in the stretch.
• Parran is on a three-game point streak (1g, 3a, 4p) and all five of his points have come in the last six games.
• Wiitala, who has a 9-6-15 line this season, is on a three-game goal and point streak.