Dec. 3, 2016
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – In its first Big Ten Conference game of the season, the No. 11/10-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team fell to No. 11/9 Minnesota, 5-3, Friday in Mariucci Arena.
The Buckeyes, now 8-2-4 on the year, and Gophers (7-4-2) will close the weekend series at 8 p.m. ET Saturday. The game will be televised by Fox Sports North, with SportsTime Ohio carrying the feed and the broadcast available through BTN2Go. Ohio State radio will have the call on 1460 AM in Columbus and online through OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Minnesota 5, Ohio State 3
The Buckeyes opened the scoring for the 12th time this season but Minnesota scored twice in the final five minutes of the first, including a shorthanded goal in the last minute, for a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes. The Gophers extended their advantage to 4-1 with two goals in the first 5:10 of the second, scoring in a 51 second span. The Buckeyes answered with back-to-back goals at 5:27 and 14:15 by Miguel Fidler and David Gust, but could get no closer and went into intermission down 4-3. Minnesota scored the only goal of the third at 11:47. Minnesota outshot Ohio State, 26-21, in the game. Each team had one power play goal; Ohio State was 1-for-3 and the Gophers were 1-for-7.
Quoting Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik
“We had great jump early in the game and played a pretty good first period on the road. But, we shot ourselves in the foot giving up a shorthanded goal late in the first. We never quit and battled back, but we need to be better tomorrow night.”
In the First …
The first goal of the game came at 6:31, as a Gopher mishandled the puck and it went in their goal. Buckeye junior Kevin Miller was credited with the tally, his third goal of the year. Minnesota scored twice in the final 4:11 of the period for a 2-1 lead. At 15:49 Ryan Collins tallied with a slapshot from the faceoff circle. Leon Bristedt scored shorthanded at 19:26 to put the Gophers ahead.
Each team had seven shots in the period. The only power play was the late one for the Buckeyes, which carried into the second.
In the Second …
Minnesota scored twice times in a 51 second span early in the period to go ahead 4-1. Leon Bristedt converted on the power play at 4:19 and Tyler Sheehy scored at 5:10.
After Minnesota’s fourth goal Ohio State took a timeout and scored on the next shift, with sophomore Miguel Fidler tallying off an assist from senior Drew Brevig (both Minnesota natives), with senior David Gust picking up the second assist.
Ohio State drew within one at 14:15 when Gust tallied a power play goal, with a pass from Joshua getting Gust alone in front, where he scored on a backhand. Senior Josh Healey had the second helper.
Minnesota had nine shots in the period, with Ohio State putting eight on net.
In the period, the Buckeyes were 1-for-2 on the power play (including the carryover from the first), with Minnesota 1-for-3.
In the Third …
The only goal of the third came at 11:47 when a Gopher shot went over the net and came back in front, where Sheehy knocked it in.
The Buckeyes skated with the extra attacker for the final 1:34 when they were down two, but could not draw closer.
The Buckeye penalty kill was 4-for-4 in the period, including two chances in the final six minutes. Ohio State had one power play chance in the stanza.
Shots were 10-6 in favor of Minnesota in the period.
Blocking the Puck
Minnesota outshot Ohio State, 26-21, in the game. Senior Matt Tomkins started the game for the Buckeyes and had five saves on nine shots. Classmate Christian Frey stopped 16 of the 17 shots he faced.
Ohio State blocked 12 Minnesota shot attempts, while the Gophers had 20 shot blocks.
Special Teams The Buckeyes were 1-for-3 on the power play in the game and are now 14-for-62 (.226) on the year, ranking eighth in the NCAA. The squad has a power play tally in five of the last six games.
Ohio State’s penalty kill was 6-for-7 in the game, stopping the last six attempts.
On the Scoresheet
• Miguel Fidler’s goal was his first of the season. He is the 15th Buckeye to light the lamp this year.
• David Gust now has nine goals this season, ranking fourth in the Big Ten.
• Dakota Joshua and Josh Healey are tied for second on the team with 12 assists each.