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Feb. 27, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – With two goals from junior Nick Schilkey, including a tally in the final minute, the Ohio State men’s hockey team skated to a 4-4 overtime tie vs. Wisconsin Friday in Value City Arena. The Badgers picked up the extra point in the Big Ten standings after winning the shootout, 1-0 in six rounds.

Wisconsin answered two Buckeye goals in the first period for a 2-2 game after 20 minutes. The Badgers scored the only goal of the second and tallied at 3:10 of the third to take a 4-2 lead. Ohio State drew within on with a goal from freshman John Wiitala at 12:45 of the third and Schilkey tied the game with an extra attacker score at 19:12. Neither team was able to score in overtime, as the teams tied for the second straight game.

The Buckeyes and Badgers will close the season series at 7 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes’ senior class will be recognized pregame.

Ohio State and Wisconsin were tied at two after the first period, with Wisconsin answering a Buckeye goal twice. Just 1:30 into the game Schilkey converted a 2-on-1 with sophomore Matthew Weis, with freshman Tommy Parran picking up the second assist. At 7:52 Wisconsin’s Luke Kunin tied the game but the Buckeyes responded less than a minute later when senior Tyler Lundey redirected a Parran shot by the UW goalie at 8:37. Sophomore Luke Stork assisted on the goal, Lundey’s seventh of the year. The Badgers’ final goal came with just 43 seconds left in the stanza. Shots were 8-5 in favor of Wisconsin in the period.

Wisconsin netted the game’s next two goals, with Seamus Malone scoring at 3:10 of the second period and Matthew Freytag tallying 8:35 into the third period. The teams combined for 27 shots in the second period, with Ohio State ahead, 15-12. In the third, Ohio State had nine shots, with Wisconsin putting 12 on net.

Ohio State scored the game’s final two goals to force overtime. At 12:45 of the third period Wiitala put in the rebound of a shot by senior Craig Dalrymple. Wiitala now has eight goals on the year and has three goals and five points in his last five games combined. With time winding down, the Buckeyes were skating with the extra attacker and converted. Junior David Gust passed to senior Anthony Greco behind the net and he found Schilkey in the slot, who beat the UW goalie far side at 19:12.

In overtime, Wisconsin had the only shots on goal, with Buckeye goalie Christian Frey stopping four attempts.

For the second game in a row, the Buckeyes and Badgers went to a shootout, with Wisconsin prevailing 1-0. The shootout went six rounds and UW’s Freytag scored the only goal.

Wisconsin outshot the Buckeyes, 36-29. Frey played 63:21 for the Buckeyes and had 32 saves, with UW’s Jurusik stopping 25 attempts in all 65 minutes.

There were just three penalties called in the game. Ohio State was 0-for-2 with the man advantage (a four-minute power play after two penalties on the same Badger at 12:52 of the second) and held Wisconsin scoreless on one chance. Ohio State has not allowed a power play goal in eight of the last nine games and is 90-for-105 (.857) on the year to tie for 10th nationally.

Schilkey leads the Buckeyes with 16 goals and 32 points this season. It was his third two-goal game of the season. He has three goals and six assists for nine points in his last five games combined. Gust, who has a point in 17 of the last 18 games, is second with 30 points, including a team-best 22 assists. Parran, with two assists, had his first multiple-point game as a Buckeye. All of his points (1g, 3a) have come in the last five games. Weis is fourth on the team with 23 points, including nine goals and 14 assists, and has a point in each of the last three games (2g, 3a, 5p). Greco, who has a point in four of the last five games (1g, 3a, 4p), has an 11-9-20 line on the year.