COLUMBUS, Ohio – Matt Miller, a junior defenseman on the No. 2/3-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team, has been recognized as the Big Ten Third Star of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. In the Buckeyes’ road sweep of Wisconsin last weekend, Miller, from East Palestine, Ohio, had a gamewinning goal and assist, was +2 and blocked five shots.
Friday against the Badgers in a 2-1 OT win, Miller scored the gamewinner with just 10 seconds left in overtime, was +1 and blocked three shots. Saturday the Buckeyes won 4-1 and Miller had the primary assist on Tommy Parran’s gamewinning goal, was +1 and had two shot bocks. Miller and the Buckeye penalty kill were 10-for-10 in the series, including a season-high seven kills Saturday.
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Miller extended his scoring streak to seven with his points vs. the Badgers, with three goals (two gamewinners) and six assists for nine points in the stretch. He leads Ohio State’s defensemen with 16 points this year, including four goals and 12 assists. In league games he has a 3-10-13 line, tying for third in points among B1G defensemen. Ohio State is eighth nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 2.04 goals per game and the team is first among conference teams in B1G play, holding opponents to 1.83 goals a night.
The Buckeyes (19-5-4, 12-3-3-2/1st B1G) host Minnesota for two games this weekend. The teams will meet at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena.