January 14, 2017

No. 10 Buckeyes Tie Arizona State, 2-2

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Jan. 14, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 10-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team tied Arizona State, 2-2 in overtime, Saturday in Value City Arena.

The Buckeyes are now 11-4-5 on the year. They return to Big Ten play next weekend with two 7 p.m. games at Penn State Jan. 20 and 21.

Ohio State 2, Arizona State 2 OT
Neither team scored in the first period. In the second, Arizona State took a 1-0 lead on a power play goal but the Buckeyes scored twice in less than a minute late in the stanza, with Kevin Miller and Mason Jobst (shorthanded) tallying, to take a 2-1 lead into intermission. With 26 seconds left in regulation and their net empty, the Sun Devils tied the game. The teams combined for five shots in overtime, but neither team could pull out the win.

Quoting Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik
On the tie vs. the Sun Devils
“We just have to keep getting better. Like they say, every time you lace it up you have to compete at the highest level. They’re a good hockey team – they work hard. To have the lead right to the end, you have to find a way to win that game. To walk away with a tie leaves a little bit of a bitter taste in your mouth.”

On what he can take away from this weekend
“The biggest thing is giving a message to the guys to give me everything you’ve got for another two and a half months and do what we can to get better. We have to take advantage every day we can in order to get better. We have to get better.”

In the First …
There was no scoring in the first period, with Arizona State outshooting the Buckeyes, 8-6. Each team was 0-for-1 on the power play.

It was just the third time this season Ohio State did not score in the opening stanza.

In the Second …
The Sun Devils took a 1-0 lead at 9:40 of the period on a power play goal by Wade Murphy.

The Buckeyes then scored twice in 47 seconds to tie the game and take the lead. At 17:16 junior Kevin Miller notched his second goal of the series, putting in a loose puck from the slot. Freshman Ronnie Hein and senior Drew Brevig assisted on the goal, Miller’s fifth of the year. On the penalty kill, freshman Matt Miller won the battle along the boards and got the puck up to sophomore Mason Jobst. He got around his defender and drove to the front, scoring five-hole. The goal, which came at 18:03, was the first shorthanded tally of Jobst’s career and the Buckeyes’ second this season. It extended Jobst’s point streak to six.

Ohio State had nine shots in the period, with Arizona State putting seven on net. The Sun Devils were 1-for-2 on the power play, with Ohio State 0-for-1.

In the Third …
The Buckeyes carried their 2-1 lead until the final minute. With the net empty, Arizona State was able to convert, as Tyler Busch scored off a loose puck just outside the crease.

The Sun Devils had 10 shots in the period, including two on their two power play chances, while Ohio State had seven shots on goal and also had two power play opportunities.

In Overtime …
Both teams had chances in overtime, but the goalies came up with the stops. Arizona State had three shots on net, with the Buckeyes getting two through.

The game officially ended as a 2-2 overtime tie.

A shootout was held, following Big Ten protocol. Arizona State won the shootout, 1-0 in three rounds, on a goal by Wade Murphy in the first round.

Blocking the Puck
Arizona State outshot Ohio State, 28-24, in the game. Buckeye senior Christian Frey had 26 saves in all 65 minutes, allowing two goals. In his last four games combined he has a 1.48 goals-against average and .961 save percentage.

Arizona State goalie Robert Levin had 22 stops in 64:23.

As a team, the Buckeyes blocked 20 shots for the second night in a row. Senior Josh Healey had six blocks, with Matt Miller blocking five.

Special Teams
The Buckeyes were held scoreless on the power play for just the third time in the last 12 games, going 0-for-4. The squad was 3-for-9 in the series with the Sun Devils. On the year, the Buckeyes are 22-for-86 (.256) this season, ranking in the Top 5 nationally.

The Buckeye penalty kill was 4-for-5 vs. the Sun Devils for the second night in a row.

Buckeye This and That
• Ohio State was held to less than three goals for just the fourth time this season. The squad is third nationally in scoring offense, averaging 4.2 goals a game.
Mason Jobst has 12 points in his last six games combined, with four goals and eight assists. He and Tanner Laczynski are tied for first on the team in assists (17) and he ranks second with 24 points each. Jobst is in the Top 5 in the Big Ten in assists and points.
• The Buckeyes are 0-0-5 in overtime games this season.
• Kevin Miller’s five goals this season are a career high.