January 26, 2017

No. 8 Buckeyes Fall to Badgers, 3-1

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Jan. 26, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 8-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to Wisconsin, 3-1, Thursday in Value City Arena to open the Big Ten series between the teams this season. The series moves to Madison Square Garden in New York City this weekend, as the squads will face off at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The game ended the Buckeyes’ four-game unbeaten streak, moving their record to 12-5-6 overall and 3-3-1-1 in B1G play. The Badgers are 12-8-1 and 5-2-0-0 in conference play.

Wisconsin 3, Ohio State 1
The Badgers scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the game, with a shorthanded score at 3:24 and an even strength tally at 8:46. The Buckeyes scored the only goal of the second when Matthew Weis tallied after a Mason Jobst faceoff win at 4:28. The Badgers held their one-goal edge until an empty net goal with nine seconds remaining. Shots were 27-25 in favor of the Buckeyes in the game. The Badgers won the special teams battle, going 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and scoring shorthanded. Ohio State did not face a UW power play.

Quoting Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik
On a low scoring game with two Top 10 offenses
“First off, you have to give them credit. They came in and played a much better first 20 minutes than us for sure. Why is it 2-1, or 3-1 with an open net? Sometimes you have to play like that. You have to win those low scoring games. We have to be more consistent.”

Quoting Buckeye senior forward David Gust
On the team’s start
“We came out a little slow. We didn’t play a full 60 minutes. Being down two goals, especially with a shorthanded one, kind of hurt us.”

On playing in Madison Square Garden on Saturday
“We will approach it just like any other game, even though it’s a cool environment. We just need to focus on the main picture, and that’s a win.”

In the First …
Wisconsin opened the scoring at 3:24, when Luke Kunin scored from right in front of the Buckeye net off a pass from Jake Linhart. The goal, which came with a second left in a Buckeye power play, was the fifth shorthanded score allowed by Ohio State this year. The Badgers went up 2-0 when Cameron Hughes forced a neutral zone turnover and passed to Matthew Freytag, who scored at 8:46.

Shots were 11-7 in favor of Wisconsin in the period.

In the Second …
The lone goal of the second came at 4:28. Off a faceoff deep in the Wisconsin zone, Mason Jobst pushed the puck down low and was able to get to it, passing to Matthew Weis in front. He scored on a quick shot, notching his seventh goal of the year.

The assist extended Jobst’s point streak to nine, with a 7-10-17 line in the stretch. He leads the Buckeyes with 19 assists and 29 points this season. He is tied for second in scoring in the Big Ten overall and in conference games only (5-7-12).

Ohio State carried play through much of the period, outshooting the Badgers, 13-6. The Buckeyes were 0-for-2 on the power play in the stanza and were unable to get a shot on net with the man advantage.

WATCH: Matthew Weis scores his seventh goal of the season to put the Buckeyes on the board! #GoBucks https://t.co/ZcBFiU7OeY

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) January 27, 2017

In the Third …
Wisconsin outshot the Buckeyes 8-7 in the third and wrapped up the game with an empty net goal by Ryan Wagner with nine seconds remaining. Neither team had a power play chance in the period.

Blocking the Puck
The Buckeyes outshot the Badgers, 27-25, in the game. Christian Frey made 22 saves, allowing two goals, in 58:42 for the Buckeyes. He leads Big Ten goalies in goals-against average (2.28) and save percentage (.944) in conference games and has a 2.61 gaa and .923 save percentage overall.

Special Teams
The Buckeyes were scoreless on the power play in the game, going 0-for-3. It was just the third time in the last 10 games the team did not convert with the man advantage. On the year, the Buckeyes are 24-for-95 (.253) this season, ranking third nationally.

The Buckeye penalty kill did not face a power play chance in the game for the second time this season. The squads had matching minors three times to put the teams 4-on-4.