January 28, 2017

No. 8 Buckeyes Drop Overtime Game to Wisconsin, 3-2

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Jan. 28, 2017

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NEW YORK, N.Y. – The No. 8-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team forced overtime with two goals in the final two minutes, but fell in overtime to Wisconsin, 3-2, at Big Ten Super Saturday in Madison Square Garden.

The Buckeyes are now 12-6-6 (3-4-1-1 B1G), dropping their first overtime game of the year after six ties.

Wisconsin 3, Ohio State 2 OT
Wisconsin scored the only goal of the first period and after a scoreless second went ahead 2-0 at 14:57 of the third. At 18:20 of the third Dakota Joshua scored on the power play for the Buckeyes and at 19:44 Josh Healey tied the game. In overtime, Wisconsin notched the winner at 2:58. Buckeye goalie Christian Frey had 35 saves inthe game, including four in overtime. The Buckeyes were 1-for-3 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill in the game, including an extended 5-on-3 on a major. 

In the First … 
At 18:15 of the first period Aidan Cavallini converted a 2-on-1 shortly after a Buckeye power play to put the Badgers on the board. Shots were 8-7 in favor of Wisconsin in the period.

In the Second …
The teams combined for 27 shots in the second, but the goalies did not allow a goal. Each team had one power play chance.

In the Third …
At 6:54 of the third the Buckeyes were assessed a five-minute major and 19 seconds in a second penalty gave the Badgers a 5-on-3 for nearly two minutes. The Buckeye penalty kill held strong, along just one shot., to maintain the one-goal lead At 14:57 Wisconsin’s Matthew Freytag scored on an odd-man rush after a turnover in the neutral zone.

The Buckeyes went on the power play after a tripping call at 17:55. With the net empty and a 6-on-4 advantage, a shot by Mason Jobst deflected off Dakota Joshua and in. Matthew Weis also assisted on the tally.

WATCH: Mason Jobst scores on the power play to make it 2-1 against Wisconsin #GoBucks https://t.co/CA5B0aHYSn

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) January 29, 2017

With 16 seconds remaining the Buckeyes tied the game with another extra attacker goal (6-on-5), as Josh Healey’s shot found the back of the net, set up by Gust and Jobst.

Ohio State had the edge in shots, 10-9.

WATCH: Josh Healey’s goal with 16 seconds remaining in regulation sends Ohio State and Wisconsin to overtime https://t.co/WYvraxJ5bH

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In Overtime …
Wisconsin had the only five shots on goal in overtime. Cameron Hughes notched the gamewinner, scoring on a rebound at 2:58. The play was under review, but the call on the ice of a goal stood, giving the Badgers the win. 

Blocking the Puck
The Buckeyes were outshot, 37-29, in the game. Senior goalie Christian Frey made 34 saves in 60:54 for the Buckeyes. He leads Big Ten goalies with a .941 save percentage in conference games and is second with a .922 save percentage overall.

The Buckeyes blocked 18 shots, led by Matt Miller with five and Josh Healey with four.

Special Teams
The Buckeyes were 1-for-3 on the power play in the game and are third nationally, converting 25.5 percent (25-for-98).

The Buckeye penalty kill was 4-for-4, including the major and extended 5-on-3.

Up Next
The Buckeyes will take on Michigan in a Big Ten Conference series in Ann Arbor next weekend, meeting at 8:05 p.m. Friday and 7: 35 p.m. Saturday.

Jobst Extends Streak
Sophomore Mason Jobst extended his point streak to 10 games with two points in the contest. In the stretch, he has 19 points, on eight goals and 11 assists. He leads the Buckeyes with 20 assists and 31 points and is second among Big Ten players overall and in league games in points.

Postgame Quotes
Ohio State Head Coach Steve Rohlik:
On what the referee told him after the last goal in OT:
“We really didn’t get a great explanation, so what I see and what they (referees) see might be different. It was a good hockey game, our guys battled until the end. Just a tough way to lose.”

On what he learned about his team:
A lot of character. I mean we emptied the tanks and what can you say with a five minute major and full two minutes five on three – our guys did an incredible job of killing penalties there. We could’ve taken the high road when we were up those two goals, but that’s not what this group is – we’re determined to win a hockey game and even though it looked bleak there towards the end, we scored two goals late against that hockey team and that’s a good sign. We got a lot of good kids, and a good culture and we’re going to build on that momentum.”

Ohio State Forward Mason JobstOn the game:
“We had a lot of chances but we just can’t wait until the last two minutes to score two goals. We dug ourselves a hole in back-to-back nights and we’ve done this a couple times this year and got out of it but couldn’t do it tonight.”

On the experience at Madison Square Garden:
“It was awesome. That’s why you come to a school like Ohio State, that’s why you play in the Big Ten – so you get opportunities like this. It was definitely special.”

Coach Rohlik and Mason Jobst postgame: https://t.co/bIJhtVzDlb.
Jobst extended his point streak to 10 (8g, 11a, 19p) tonight. #GoBucks

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) January 29, 2017