Jan. 18, 2014

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to No. 1 Minnesota, 1-0, Friday in the Hockey City Classic outdoor game at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The attendance of 45,021, was the largest for an Ohio State game in program history.

The Buckeyes (11-7-2, 1-0-1-0 B1G) and Gophers (16-2-3, 6-0-1-0 B1G) will close the weekend series at 5 p.m. CT/6 p.m. ET Saturday. The game will be broadcast by Fox Sports North and SportsTime Ohio.

The teams were scoreless in the first period, with Buckeye freshman goalie Matt Tomkins stopping all eight shots he faced. The Buckeyes put seven shots on net. Each team had a power play goal late but was unable to convert.

The only goal of the game was posted by Taylor Cammarata at 4:20 of the second period. Minnesota outshot the Buckeyes, 14-9, in the period, including 7-1 to start the stanza. Neither team had a penalty in the period.

The squads each put five shots on net in the final 20 minutes. Ohio State skated with the net empty for the final 48 seconds but could not get the equalizer.

Tomkins played 59:01 for the Buckeyes and had 26 saves on 27 shots, allowing just one goal for the second game in a row. Minnesota’s Adam Wilcox stopped all 21 Buckeye attempts as the squad was shut out for the first time this season. Minnesota (3.95 goals per outing entering the game) and Ohio State (3.83) came into the game ranked second and third in the nation, respectively, in scoring offense.

Neither team was able to score on the power play, with Ohio State 0-for-1 and Minnesota 0-for-2.

The Buckeyes had 18 recorded blocked shots in the game, led by junior forward Chad Niddery and junior defenseman Justin DaSilva with three each and freshmen defensemen Drew Brevig and Josh Healey and junior forward Matt Johnson with two apiece. .

Ohio State Postgame Quotes
Head coach Steve Rohlik
Opening Statement…
“First and foremost, what a venue. It was pretty surreal walking out there tonight with the full moon above the stadium. It was pretty special to be a part of it. On behalf of The Ohio State University we are very thankful to be a part of this. For tonight’s game, there weren’t a lot of chances on both ends, we just came up a little short.” On the need to play a methodical game…

“It was a little bit of the conditions and whatnot. We certainly wanted to play a good game through the neutral zone. Minnesota has a team from top to bottom that can get up and down the rink. We know they will be a different team tomorrow night on a big sheet. I think you do see a different type of game across the street at Mariucci (Arena) versus an NHL size rink.”

On making the transition to tomorrow’s game…
“We’re already packing up our gear right now and getting it over to Mariucci tonight. We haven’t played on a big sheet this year at all. It’ll certainly be different for us. As Curtis [Gedig] said, we just have to get over this one right now and refocus on getting back tomorrow and being prepared.” 

Senior defenseman Curtis Gedig
On the atmosphere…
“Like coach said, it was an unbelievable atmosphere. I am thankful to be a part of it. Obviously we wish we came out with three points but to have a venue like that and the experience we got, it was pretty good.”

On playing outdoors…
“It was pretty difficult for both teams. I mean the little things you can do on the normal ice were harder for me so I just tried to keep it simple. I think the 1-0 score reflected how tough it was.”

Junior forward Ryan Dzingel
On his first period breakaway…
“I wish you wouldn’t have brought that up. I tried to go upstairs with it and just didn’t get a hold of it as much as I would like. He obviously made a great save. I probably won’t be sleeping well tonight.”