Jan. 30, 2016
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team defeated Michigan State, 2-1, Saturday in Value City Arena to wrap up the weekend Big Ten Conference series between the teams. All three goals came in the second period, with freshmen Miguel Fidler and Mason Jobst scoring for the Buckeyes. The Spartans drew within one with a tally with 16 seconds left in the period, but Ohio State held the Spartans off the scoreboard in the third, with junior goalie Christian Frey making 10 of his 28 saves in the stanza.
Next up, Ohio State (8-14-2, 3-5-2-1 B1G) has a week off before returning to action with two games in Columbus vs. Minnesota. The Buckeyes and Golden Gophers will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 and 7 p.m. Feb. 13 in Value City Arena.
Neither team scored in the first period, with Ohio State outshooting the Spartans, 10-8. Each team had one power play chance.
The Buckeyes opened the scoring at 4:17 of the second period when Fidler put home a loose puck from in front after saves on shots from freshman classmates Freddy Gerard and Dakota Joshua. The goal was Fidler’s second of the season. At 14:31 a shot from junior David Gust was saved, but Jobst was there to knock it out of the air and in for his eighth goal of the season. The assist extended Gust’s point streak to 13 and he now has a team-best 18 assists and 24 points this year. Jobst is second in scoring among Big Ten rookies with 22 points and he has a point in nine of his last 10 games. With time winding down in the period, Michael Ferrantino found Mackenzie MacEachern at the right faceoff circle and he scored to make it a one-goal game. Ohio State outshot Michigan State, 12-11, in the period. Each team again had one power play opportunity.
The start of the third period was delayed for 16 minutes for ice repairs. Once play started, the Buckeyes were able to maintain their one-goal edge. Frey had 10 saves in the period and the Buckeyes, who started the period on the power play for two minutes, put five shots on net. The Buckeyes killed one Spartan power play chance and Ohio State had a final chance start with 11 seconds left in regulation. Michigan State pulled its goalie with more than 1:30 remaining for the extra attacker, but the Buckeyes held strong.
For the game, shots ended with Michigan State ahead, 29-27. Frey played all 60 minutes for the Buckeyes and had 28 saves, moving his goals-against average to 2.23 and his save percentage to .929, both first in the Big Ten. Ohio State blocked 15 shots, led by three from sophomore blueliner Janik Moser. Jake Hildebrand played 58:22 for Michigan State and had 25 saves.
Neither team was able to score on the power play and each ended the weekend scoreless with the man advantage. Saturday, the Buckeyes were 0-for-4 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. Ohio State has not allowed a power play goal in its last four games, stopping all 11 attempts against.