Feb. 13, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s hockey team drew within one in the third period but could not get the equalizer, falling to Minnesota, 4-3, Saturday in Value City Arena.
The Buckeyes were down 2-0 after the first period. In the second, the teams scored three goals in a 2:09 span and the Gophers led 4-1 after 40 minutes. Buckeye goals at 3:32 and 11:45 of the third made it a one-goal game. Juniors Drew Brevig and David Gust led the Buckeyes with two assists each and Gust extended his point streak to 15 games with the helpers. Freshmen Mason Jobst and John Wiitala and sophomore Luke Stork had the goals for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State will return to action with two games at Penn State next weekend. The teams will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday (BTN) and 3 p.m. Saturday (ESPNU) in State College, Pa.
Minnesota led 2-0 after the first period. At 10:18 Hudson Fasching scored shorthanded, assisted by Justin Kloos after a turnover in the neutral zone. Connor Reilly then scored on the rush at 17:37 to put the Gophers up by two. Each team had eight shots on goal in the period. The Buckeyes had three power play chances, with Minnesota 0-for-1.
The teams combined for three goals in a 2:09 span in the second period and Minnesota led 4-1 after 40 minutes. Fasching notched his second of the night at 14:40 but the Buckeyes answered right back when Jobst scored his ninth of the season, assisted by Gust and Brevig. Less than two minutes later, Leon Bristed scored, putting Minnesota up 4-1 at 16:49. Ohio State was outshot, 13-6, in the period and each team had one power play.
At 3:32 of the third sophomore Luke Stork took a pass from freshman defenseman Sasha Larocque and skated up the right wing. He cut to the front of the net and scored his fourth goal of the season. Junior goalie Christian Frey had the second assist on the goal for his first career helper. At 11:45 Wiitala made it a one-goal game, scoring on the rush. His shot was originally called no goal on the ice, but video review showed the puck had crossed the line. Gust and Brevig again had the assists on the tally, Wiitala’s sixth of the season. The Buckeyes pulled Frey for the extra attacker for the final 1:14, but were not able to get the equalizer. Ohio State had nine shots on goal in the period, with Frey stopping all 11 Gopher attempts. No penalties were called in the third.
For the game, Ohio State was outshot, 32-23. Frey made 28 saves in 58:46. Minnesota’s Eric Schierhorn had 20 stops in all 60 minutes. Oho State blocked 14 Gopher shots, led by Brevig with three. Brevig is second nationally in blocks per game (2.85).
Neither team was able to score on the power play. Ohio State was 0-for-4 and Minnesota was 0-for-2. The Buckeyes have not allowed a power play goal in the last six games, stopping all 15 attempts against. Ohio State is 10th nationally with a penalty kill percentage of 85.3 this season (81-for-95).
This season, 21 of the Buckeyes’ 26 games have been decided by two or fewer goals, including all of their losses. The game Saturday was the team’s 10th one-goal game of the year and the fourth loss to Minnesota by one goal (including three overtime losses).
Gust leads the Buckeyes with 20 assists and 27 points this season. He has 16 points in his last 15 games combined during his point streak. The game was his fourth this season with multiple helpers. Brevig had his second two-point game of the season. He is tied with Josh Healey for the Buckeye scoring lead among defensemen with 13 points each. Jobst is third on the team with 23 points and has a goal in four of his last five games. He is second in the Big Ten and tied for seventh in the NCAA in points per game among freshmen (.92).