Dec. 5, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The Ohio State men’s hockey team lost in overtime to Minnesota, 5-4, Saturday in game two of the Big Ten series between the teams to open conference play. The Buckeyes, who had a five minute major power play with 5:07 left in the game, tied the contest with 27 seconds remaining in the third, but the Gophers scored 1:21 into overtime to notch the overtime win for the second night in a row.
“I’m proud of my team for not giving up and battling back,” Steve Rohlik, Ohio State head coach, said. “We gave ourselves another chance to win a hockey game and that’s all we can ask for. I like what I have in my room. We’re not going to quit and we’re going to continue to work hard and continue to get better. I’m excited about the second half.”
Ohio State will now be off until it heads to the Florida College Classic Dec. 28-29 in Estero, Fla. The Buckeyes will take on Cornell on day one and either Providence or Boston College on the second day.
Minnesota led 1-0 after the first period before two Buckeye goals put Ohio State ahead 2-1 at 4:34 of the second period. The Gophers deadlocked the game at two at 13:57 of the second and then scored twice in the first 2:37 of the third for a 4-2 advantage. Ohio State battled back, cutting the lead to one at 13:14 of the third and then tying the game at four with a power play, extra attacker goal. The Gophers scored on their sixth shot on goal of overtime for the win. Defensemen Drew Brevig and Josh Healey and forward Mason Jobst all had two points, with a goal and an assist, in the game, and forward Luke Stork had two assists. Goalie Christian Frey made 36 saves for the Buckeyes.
The only goal of the first period came just 62 seconds into the game, when Minnesota’s Tyler Sheehy scored, getting to a loose puck in front. The Gophers outshot the Buckeyes, 13-7, in the period and Ohio State had the only power play.
The teams were tied at two after 40 minutes. The Buckeyes scored twice in a 3:10 span to take the lead, with defensemen tallying both goals. At 1:24 Minnesota native Brevig scored from the high slot on a wrist shot, assisted by Jobst and freshman defenseman Sasha Larocque. At 4:34 Healey’s shot from the point got through for his second goal of the series and season. Stork and junior Nick Schilkey had the assists on the goal. The Gophers tied the game at 13:57 on a goal from Justin Kloos. Shots were 17-12 in favor of Ohio State in the period, with the Buckeyes 0-for-3 on the power play and the Gophers 0-for-1.
Minnesota scored twice in the first 2:37 of the third period to jump ahead, 4-2. Michael Brodzinski converted on the power play at 1:13 and Sheehy notched his second of the night at 2:37 on a rebound. At 13:14 Jobst came around the corner and scored on a wraparound to bring the Buckeyes within one, with Stork and Healey on the assists. At 14:53, a Gopher was assessed a major for checking from behind, putting the Buckeyes on a major power play. The Buckeyes pulled goalie Christian Frey for a 6-on-4 advantage and senior Anthony Greco was able to convert, set up by Brevig and David Gust, with 27 seconds left in regulation. Ohio State had 12 shots in the period, with Minnesota putting 10 on net.
In overtime, Minnesota had all six shots on net. With Gophers crashing the net, Frey made a number of stops, but Leon Bristedt was able to get the puck across the line for the Minnesota win at 1:21.
For the game, Minnesota outshot the Buckeyes, 41-36. Frey made 36 saves in 60:32 for the Buckeyes and Minnesota’s Eric Schierhorn had 32 stops in 61:21.
On the power play, Ohio State was 1-for-6 and Minnesota was 1-for-2. Ohio State matched its season low with two penalties for four minutes in the game.
Through the first half of the season, Schilkey leads the Buckeyes with eight goals and 15 points, with Gust first with 12 assists and second with 14 points. Schilkey has a point in each of the last three and eight of the last nine outings. Gust is on a three-game point streak and has a point in five of the last six games. Greco is second with six goals and third with 11 points for the Buckeyes. Stork had the first two-assist game of his Buckeye career and now has a 3-6-9 line this season. Brevig had his first multiple-point game since Feb. 14 vs. Wisconsin and picked up his first goal since Oct. 17, 2014 vs. Miami. Jobst had his second two-point game of the season and leads the Buckeye rookies with seven points this year.