Jan. 8, 2016
MADISON, Wis. – Third period goals from junior David Gust and senior Tyler Lundey and 26 saves from goalie Christian Frey led the Buckeyes to a 2-0 win over Wisconsin in a Big Ten Conference game Friday in Kohl Center. The shutout was the second in a row for Frey and the Buckeyes, as the junior goalie extended his shutout streak to 177:31.
The teams were scoreless through the first 48:53 until Gust one-timed a pass from freshman John Wiitala to put the Buckeyes on the board. Wisconsin native Lundey converted a 3-on-1 chance, scoring five-hole, to give the Buckeyes a two-goal cushion with less than five minutes left in regulation.
The Buckeyes (6-11-0, 1-2-0-0 B1G), who have won three games in a row, and Badgers (4-8-5, 1-3-1-0 B1G) will close the weekend series at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. Saturday.
In the first period, Ohio State was outshot, 10-8, but had the only power play. In the second, each team put seven shots on net. Ohio State had the first power play, but it was cut short by a Buckeye penalty that gave UW its first man advantage of the night.
Ohio State had just six shots on net in the third period, but was able to get two through. On the first goal, the Buckeyes were pressured the Badgers in their zone and freshman Mason Jobst passed to his classmate Wiitala, who found Gust in the slot. He one-timed a shot that deflected off the UW defenseman and over the goalie at 8:53. With time winding down, Lundey rushed up the ice 3-on-1. Defensemen Sasha Larocque and Drew Brevig, who were able to gain the puck in the Ohio State zone, had the assists on the goal. Lundey’s shot trickled through the five-hole and over the line for a 2-0 Buckeye lead at 15:59. The Buckeyes were able to hold the Badgers scoreless on a power play with 4:31 left and when UW skated with the net empty for the final 1:20 to preserve the win and the shutout. Frey stopped all nine Badger shots on goal in the period.
The Buckeyes were outshot, 26-21, in the game. Frey made 26 saves for the second shutout of his career. Wisconsin’s Matt Jurusik had 19 saves in 58:40. The Buckeyes blocked 17 shots in the game, led by junior defenseman Drew Brevig with six.
Each team was 0-for-2 on the power play in the game. Ohio State has not allowed a power play goal in the last three games, stopping all 11 attempts against.
• Gust is on a six-game point streak (2g, 4a, 6p) and has a point in all but four games this year. He is tied for the team lead with 17 points, including a team-best 13 assists, both career highs.
• Lundey, who grew up 15 minutes from Madison, has a goal in each of the last three games.
• Wiitala has a point in each of his last three games (2g, 2a, 4p).
• Jobst is on a three-game point streak and has one goal, five assists and six points in the three games combined.
• Frey now has a 2.16 goals-against average and .930 save percentage this season.
• Brevig leads the Buckeyes with 47 blocked shots this season. He is fourth in the NCAA with 2.76 blocks per game.
• Frey has shutouts in his last two starts, with 27 saves vs. Cornell and 26 vs. Wisconsin. It is the fifth time a Buckeye goalie has posted shutouts in back-to-back starts. Cal Heeter blanked Alaska Oct. 28, 2011 and Alabama Huntsville Nov. 5, 2011, Dave Caruso did it twice – Nov. 18-19, 2005 vs. Lake Superior State and Dec. 29, 2002 vs. Cornell/Jan. 7, 2003 vs. Findlay, and Bill McKenzie was the first, shutting out Ohio in both ends of a home-and-home series Feb. 25-26, 1972.
• This is the first time Ohio State has shut out its opponents in back-to-back games since posting three shutouts in a row Oct. 28-Nov. 5 vs. Alaska and in back-to-back wins over Alabama Huntsville.