Dec. 4, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Ohio State men’s hockey team lost in overtime to Minnesota in the first Big Ten Conference game of the year, 3-2, Friday in Mariucci Arena. The Buckeyes led 2-0 after the second period but the Gophers scored twice on the power play in the third to tie the game and then prevailed with a goal 1:08 into overtime. The Buckeyes (3-10-0, 0-1-0-0 B1G) and Golden Gophers (5-7-0, 1-0-0-0 B1G) will close the series at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET Saturday, with the game televised by ESPNews and available on WatchESPN.
Ohio State led 1-0 after the first period on the strength of a goal from junior defenseman Josh Healey. Down low, freshman Freddy Gerard got the puck to classmate Dakota Joshua, who passed back to Healey at the point and his shot got through traffic and in for his first goal of the season. Joshua has a point in each of the last three and four of the last five games. Ohio State was outshot, 11-7, in the period. No penalties were called in the stanza.
In the second, the Buckeyes went ahead 2-0 when junior Nick Schilkey scored his team-best eighth goal of the season on the Buckeyes’ first power play goal of the night, putting in the rebound of a shot from sophomore Matthew Weis. Junior David Gust had the second assist, his team-high 11th of the year. Schilkey has a point in seven of the last eight games and is first on the squad with 14 points. Weis extended his point streak to five and Gust, who is second on the team with 13 points, has a point in four of the last five outings. The teams had 26 shots on goal in the period, with Ohio State ahead, 14-12. The Buckeyes had three power play chances and stopped Minnesota on its one chance in the period.
Minnesota scored two power play goals in the third period to tie the game, as Tyler Sheehy scored at 6:10 and Tommy Novak tied the game at 15:33 on a rebound. The Gophers had 15 shots on goal in the period, with Ohio State putting six on net. Minnesota had the only two power play opportunities in the third.
In overtime, Ohio State had the first chance but the Minnesota goalie made the save. On the Gophers’ second shot, Hudson Fasching scored from the faceoff circle to give Minnesota the win.
For the game, Minnesota outshot the Buckeyes, 40-28. Frey made 37 saves in 61:08 for the Buckeyes and Minnesota’s Eric Schierhorn had 26 stops in 61:06. Frey now has a .916 save percentage on the year. The Buckeyes blocked 14 shots, led by freshman defenseman Sasha Larocque with three.
The Buckeyes were 1-for-3 on the power play in the game and Minnesota converted 2-of-3 chances. Ohio State has scored with the man advantage in four of the last six games and is 11-for-56 (.196) this season.