Jan. 17, 2016
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to No. 6-ranked Michigan, 8-6, Sunday in Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes, who had points from 14 players, led 5-3 after the second period but the Wolverines scored three goals, with two on the power play, in the first 3:35 of the third period to take the lead. The Wolverines (14-3-4, 5-1-2-1 B1G) added two more goals before a late Buckeye goal (6-12-2, 1-3-2-1 B1G) for the 8-6 final.
Ohio State, which had its season-high five-game unbeaten streak end, opens a six-game homestand with two games vs. Penn State next weekend. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena.
In the first period, Ohio State came from a goal down twice. Michigan’s Brendon Warren opened the scoring at 1:45, but at 9:17 Buckeye freshman Dakota Joshua, a Michigan native, scored his first career goal, converting from the slot, assisted by senior Anthony Greco and sophomore Janik Moser. Just 36 seconds later UM’s Tyler Motte scored on a rebound for a 2-1 Wolverine lead. Buckeye senior Tyler Lundey tied the game at two, as he was able to get to a loose puck in front for his sixth goal of the year. Junior Josh Healey had the first assist, with freshman and Michigan native Brendon Kearney also picking up a helper for his first career assist. Shots were 15-13 in favor of Michigan in the period.
Ohio State outshot Michigan, 27-16, in the second period and outscored the Wolverines, 3-1, for a 5-3 lead after 40 minutes. Just 1:17 into the period junior David Gust redirected a pass from sophomore Matthew Weis. Junior Nick Schilkey, who found Weis across the crease, has the second assist. At 3:30 freshman Mason Jobst passed to defenseman Sasha Larocque at the point and his shot got through a screen, putting Ohio State up 4-2. Michigan drew within one on a goal from Kyle Connor at 7:02. At 18:46, the Buckeyes converted their second power play of the night, as Jobst put a shot over the UM goalie. Joshua and Weis assisted on the goal, Jobst’s fifth of the year.
Michigan scored three times in the first 3:35 of the third period to go ahead, 6-5. The Wolverines had a 5-on-3 power play for 1:22 to start the stanza. Connor scored 52 seconds into the period from the faceoff circle and Motte tied the game at 1:42 on the one-man advantage. At 3:35 Motte completed his hat trick when his shot went up and over the Buckeye goalie, putting Michigan ahead for the first time since the first period. Dexter Dancs scored at 9:34 to give Michigan a two-goal lead for the first time (7-5). With the teams skating 4-on-4, Ohio State pulled its goalie for the extra skater. JT Compher converted after a Buckeye stick broke on a shot and the Wolverines were able to get the puck. At 19:41, with the Buckeye net again empty, sophomore Kevin Miller backhanded a shot in for his second goal of the year, assisted by senior Craig Dalrymple and Jobst. Michigan outshot Ohio State, 16-9, in the period.
The teams combined for 96 shots on goal in the game, with Ohio State ahead, 49-47. Buckeye junior Matt Tomkins played 56:21 and had 39 stops, while Michigan’s Steve Racine had 43 saves in 59:45. Ohio State blocked 16 shots in the contest.
The Buckeyes were 2-for-3 on the power play in the game and 3-for-4 in the series. Michigan was 2-for-2 in Ann Arbor and 3-for-9 in the series. Ohio State has a power play goal in each of the last three and seven of the last eight games. The team is 19-for-85 (.224) this season.
• Jobst had a team-high seven points in the series vs. Michigan, with four points Friday (1g, 3a) and three points (1g, 2a) Sunday. He extended his point streak to six and has three goals and 11 assists for 14 points in the streak. He is third on the team with 19 points and tied with Gust for first with 14 assists.
• Gust extended his point streak to nine with a goal. He has four goals and five assists for nine points in the stretch.
• Joshua had the first two-point game of his career with a goal and an assist.
• Weis had his fourth two-point game of the year with a season-best two assists.
• Schilkey and Gust now lead the team with 20 points each. Schilkey has hit the 20-point mark each of his first three years as a Buckeye.
• Lundey has a goal in five of the last six games.
• Healey has a point in each of the last three and eight of the last nine games.
• The Buckeyes, who scored 11 goals in the series with the Wolverines, are averaging 3.30 goals per game and have four or more in four of the last five games.