December 1, 2018

No. 5 Buckeyes Tie Gophers, Pick Up Extra B1G Point

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – For the second night in a row, the No. 5-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team tied Minnesota 2-2 and then earned the extra point in the Big Ten standings with a goal in 3×3 overtime. The Buckeyes are 9-4-3 on the year and 4-2-2-2 in Big Ten play, while the Gophers are 4-6-3 and 2-2-2-0 in conference action. The Buckeyes head back to Columbus with four of six available B1G points.

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The Buckeyes are off until Dec. 28-29 when they will host Mercyhurst in a nonconference series in Value City Arena.

Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik

“It was two tight games and right down to the wire again. It’s nice to get the two extra points – points are huge in the league. I liked the way our guys played. We played hard on a big sheet for a second night in a row. We did a lot of good things. We’re building and we’re trying to get better and that’s the whole key to the second half.”

Ohio State 2, Minnesota 2/OT

The Buckeyes scored twice in just over a minute for a 2-0 lead late in the first period. On the first goal, the Buckeyes forced a turnover in the Gopher zone. Sam McCormick won the battle along the boards and Austin Pooley found Brendon Kearney all alone in the high slot and he scored glove side at 14:27. Mason Jobst followed with a power play goal at 15:46, putting in the rebound of a Gustaf Westlund shot, with Tanner Laczynski also assisting. The Gophers got on the board at 17:25 for a 2-1 game through 20 minutes.

The only goal the rest of regulation was scored by the Gophers’ Brent Gates at 9:14 of the second period, as he put in a rebound.

In overtime, the Buckeyes had a power play goal by Jobst overturned that would have been the game winner. Called a goal on the ice, replay showed the puck had been touched by a high stick.

The Buckeyes controlled play throughout the game and outshot the Gophers, 45-16. Shots were 15-6 in favor of the Buckeyes in the opening period and 11-8 in the second. In the third and overtime, the Buckeyes outshot the Gophers 19-2 combined (13-2 in the third, 6-0 in overtime).

Ohio State won the special teams battle, going 1-for-5 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.

Tommy Nappier made 14 saves in the Buckeye net and Ohio State blocked 10 shots. Sasha Larocque had three blocked shots to lead the way, with Wyatt Ege and Matt Miller each blocking two.

Buckeyes Pick Up Extra B1G Point

The Buckeyes and Gophers went to the 3×3 overtime for a Big Ten point, a new protocol in the Big Ten this year. (Stats from the 3×3 overtime are not included in season totals.)

In the extra session, Ohio State tallied at 3:23. Gordi Myer carried the puck in the zone and it was picked up by Mason Jobst. He beat his defender and found Quinn Preston right in front for the goal and extra B1G point.

Noting the Buckeyes

  • This is the earliest the Buckeyes have gone into winter break since the 1997-98 team ended its first half the same day. Last year the Buckeyes were 10-4-4 at the break, with a 5-4-1-0 B1G record.
  • Ohio State is holding opponents to 2.0 goals a game on the year and has allowed two or fewer goals in 13 of 16 games this season (including in 10 of the last 11 outings).
  • Mason Jobst leads the Buckeyes with 10 goals this season and has a tally in 7-of-8 Big Ten games.
  • Tanner Laczynski and Jobst share the team point lead with 14 each. Freshman Gustaf Westlund has a team-best 10 assists.
  • Nappier is in the Top 5 nationally in goals-against average (1.43) and save percentage (.951).
  • The Buckeyes are 5-1-3 in road games this season, outscoring opponents 2.0-1.1 in road games.