March 18, 2016

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“Ohio State lives another day!” Mason Jobst’s OT game-winner sends @OhioState_MHKY to a match-up with Minnesota.

— Hockey on BTN (@HockeyOnBTN) March 18, 2016

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Buckeye freshman Mason Jobst scored in overtime to lift the Ohio State men’s hockey team to a 4-3 win over No. 5 seed Michigan State in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament Thursday in the Xcel Energy Center.

Ohio State, the No. 4 seed, will take on top seed Minnesota in the semifinals at 8:30 p.m. ET Friday, live on BTN. This is the third consecutive year the Buckeyes and Gophers will meet in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Ohio State won the 2014 contest in Saint Paul, 3-1, before a 3-0 Gopher victory last season in Detroit. The Buckeyes lost all four regular season games against Minnesota, dropping the first three in overtime.

Against Michigan State, the Buckeyes led 2-0 after the first period on goals from freshmen John Wiitala and Tommy Parran, but the Spartans scored three power play goals in the second to carry a 3-2 lead into the third. In the third Buckeye sophomore Matthew Weis tied the game with a goal at 3:17 and neither team was able to break the deadlock through the remainder of regulation. The teams, playing for a third straight game, went to overtime for the third straight game as well. Jobst’s gamewinner came 13:47 into the first overtime, on the rebound of a shot by senior Craig Dalrymple. Ohio State outshot Michigan State, 48-34, in the game, including 41-19 at even strength.

The Buckeyes are now unbeaten in their last eight games (6-0-2). The game Thursday was their fourth consecutive overtime contest, with a 3-0-1 ledger in the four games. Ohio State has played in 11 overtime games this season, with a 3-4-4 record.

Just 38 seconds into the game Wiitala came around the net and scored on a shot from the side that deflected through the MSU goalie’s pads. Jobst and junior David Gust assisted on the goal, Wiitala’s 11th of the year (WATCH Wiitala’s goal). At 18:52 Parran put in the rebound of a shot from defensive partner Josh Healey, with sophomore Kevin Miller also assisting on the play after getting the puck from down low up the Healey (WATCH Parran goal). Ohio State controlled play in the period and outshot the Spartans, 19-4.

The Spartans scored three power play goals in the second to tie the game and take the lead. Joe Cox scored at 5:15, Matt DeBlouw tallied at 8:24 and Michael Ferrantino converted on a major power play opportunity at 11:31. Shots were 11-9 in favor of the Buckeyes in the period, with seven of the Spartans’ nine coming on the power play.

Ohio State started the third period on the power play but was unable to convert. On the tying goal, Weis won the faceoff in the Spartan zone back to Healey, who passed to junior Drew Brevig. His shot hit traffic and went to Weis, who scored from the faceoff circle (WATCH Weis goal). Buckeye goalie Christian Frey stopped all 14 shots he faced in the third. Ohio State had 12 shots on net in the period.

Matthew Weis’ 11th goal of the season for @OhioState_MHKY makes it a 3-3 game early in the third period.

— Hockey on BTN (@HockeyOnBTN) March 18, 2016

The teams combined for 13 shots in overtime, with Frey making seven saves. On the gamewinner, Dalrymple kept the puck in at the point with MSU trying to clear. His shot was saved, but Jobst was there to put home the rebound for his 12th goal of the year (WATCH Jobst goal).

For the game, Ohio State outshot Michigan State, 48-34. Frey played 73:05 and had 31 saves, while Jake Hildebrand made 44 stops in 73:47 for the Spartans. The Buckeyes blocked 10 Spartan shot attempts, led by Dalrymple with four and Brevig and Healey with two each.

What a save by Christian Frey! Check out the concentration by the @OhioState_MHKY goalie as he tracks the puck.

— Hockey on BTN (@HockeyOnBTN) March 18, 2016

The game was the Buckeyes’ 27th this season (of 35) decided by two or fewer goals.