Jan. 10, 2016
MADISON, Wis. – The Ohio State men’s hockey team tied Wisconsin, 4-4, Saturday in game two of a Big Ten Conference series, with the Badgers winning the shootout, 1-0 in three rounds, to clinch the extra point in the league standings. Ohio State (6-11-1, 1-2-1-0 B1G) is unbeaten in its last four games (3-0-1).
Ohio State led 2-1 after the first period, with the Badgers (4-7-6, 1-3-2-1 B1G) scoring in the final 30 seconds. UW then scored in the first minute of the second for a tie game (2-2). The Buckeyes scored the next two goals to go up 4-2 , but another late Wisconsin goal again made it a one-goal game (4-3) after 40 minutes. Early in the third the Badgers scored to tie the game at four and neither team was able to score the rest of the way, sending the game to overtime. Buckeye freshman Freddy Gerard had a team-high three points, including his first career goal, with Wisconsin native Tyler Lundey posting a goal and an assist. Defensemen Drew Brevig and Craig Dalrymple each blocked seven shots in the game. The Buckeye penalty kill stopped all five Badger attempts.
Buckeye goalie Christian Frey had 34 saves in the game, including five in overtime. The Badgers’ first-period goal ended junior’s school-record shutout streak at 197:06. Frey stopped 92 shots in a row in the streak. His shutout streak topped the 167:16 stretch by Dave Caruso in November 2005.
“We made too many mistakes and they cost us a chance to win the game,” Steve Rohlik, Ohio State head coach, said. “Give credit to Wisconsin – they played desperate hockey. We have to continue to get better.”
Ohio State will now play sevn of its next eight games at home, beginning with a matchup vs. Michigan at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Value City Arena. After a game in Ann Arbor vs. the Wolverines Jan. 17, the Buckeyes will host Pen State Jan. 22-23, Michigan State Jan. 29-30 and Minnesota Feb. 12-13.
The Buckeyes were ahead 2-1 after the first period. At 10:41 senior Tyler Lundey found sophomore Kevin Miller right in front of the net and he was able to redirect the puck inside the right post for his first goal of the season. Gerard had the second assist on the goal. At 18:32 Gerard scored his first career goal; a shot by Jobst was saved but went to Gerard in the slot and he was able to score. Junior Josh Healey had the second assist on the goal. At 19:35 Wisconsin scored against the Buckeyes for the first time in 143:22, as Luke Kunin’s shot was redirected by Ryan Wagner and snuck through. The game started with the teams 4-on-4 after the centers were called for roughing before the puck drop. At 1:39, the Buckeyes had to kill a five-minute major after a charging call. Shots were 12-10 in favor of Ohio State in the period. The Buckeyes blocked 16 Badger attempts in the period, with Brevig blocking five. The Buckeye penalty kill was 2-for-2 and allowed just one shot. Ohio State had two power play chances.
Just 49 seconds into the second period Wisconsin tied the game on a goal from Adam Rockwood. The Buckeyes appeared to regain the lead at less than a minute later (1:25), but the goal was waived off after review because the play was ruled offsides. At 2:29, the puck came to Lundey outside the crease and he scored his fifth of the season, putting the Buckeyes up 3-2. Assists went to Gerard and sophomore defenseman Janik Moser, who started the play by getting the puck on net. At 13:34 Ohio State converted on the power play for the first time when junior David Gust found classmate Nick Schilkey in the slot and he one-timed the shot for his team-best 10th goal of the year, putting the Buckeyes up 4-2. With time winding down, Wisconsin’s Kunin was able to score off a faceoff deep in the Buckeye zone to draw within one (4-3). Wisconsin outshot Ohio State, 11-9, in the period.
The Badgers tied the game at four 3:31 into the third period when Grant Besse tallied, crashing the net to score. Frey made 11 saves in the period, including a stick save that robbed a goal in the final minutes, and Ohio State put eight shots on net. The Buckeyes had a late power play with 3:23 remaining but an Ohio State penalty evened the teams and then Wisconsin went on the man advantage, with 14 seconds carrying into overtime.
In overtime, Frey stopped five Badger shots on goal. Ohio State had chances but was unable to get a shot on net. The game officially ended as a tie, the Buckeyes’ first this season and first since tying Wisconsin March 13, 2015.
In the shootout, Wisconsin’s Wagner scored on the first shot and the UW goalie saved all three Buckeye attempts to give the Badgers the shootout win.
For the game, the Buckeyes were outshot, 38-29. Frey played 64:50 and had 34 saves. Wisconsin’s Matt Jurusik had 25 saves in 64:31.
On the power play, Ohio State converted 1-of-7 chances. The Buckeye penalty kill was 5-for-5 and has not allowed a goal in the last four games, stopping all 16 chances against.
• Gerard’s three-point night was his first career multiple assist and multiple point outing as a Buckeye.
• Gust is on a seven-game point streak (2g, 5a, 7p) and has a point in all but four games this year. He is tied for the team lead with 18 points, including a team-best 14 assists, both career highs.
• Lundey, who grew up 15 minutes from Madison, has a goal in each of the last four games. He has scored a goal in each of his last four goals against the Badgers, with one in each game of the series last March and one in each game this weekend. On the year, he has five goals and two assists for seven points.
• Jobst is on a four-game point streak and has one goal, six assists and seven points in the four games combined.
• Brevig leads the Buckeyes with 54 blocked shots this season. He is second in the NCAA with 3.00 blocks per game.
• Schilkey shares the team point lead with Gust with 18 each. His 10 goals are tied for fourth among Big Ten players.
• The first goal scored by Wisconsin was the first allowed by the Buckeyes against the Badgers in 143:22. The Buckeyes shut out the Badgers each of the last two games between the teams.