Feb. 12, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team forced overtime with a goal with less than a second left in regulation, but Minnesota scored 3:25 into the extra session for a 5-4 win in Value City Arena. The game was the third straight between the Buckeyes (8-15-2, 3-6-2-1 B1G) and Gophers (15-13-0, 10-3-0-0 B1G) this season to go to overtime, with Minnesota winning all three.
In game one of the Big Ten Conference series, the teams were tied after the first period and the Gophers scored the only goal of the second for a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes. In the third, The Buckeyes scored twice in the first 3:22 for a 3-2 lead but the Gophers answered 1:08 later to tie the game at three. Minnesota went ahead 4-3 at 17:15 of the third. With time running down and the Buckeye net empty, a shot by Buckeye junior was saved, but the rebound went to sophomore Matthew Weis and he was able to score to tie the game with .1 on the clock. The Gophers prevailed in overtime, with Justin Kloos scoring his second of the game at 3:25 of the extra period.
Game two between the Buckeyes and Gophers is set for 7 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena. The Teddy Bear Toss will be held during the first intermission; rans are encouraged to bring a new stuffed animal (wrapped in a plastic bag) to throw on the ice. All stuffed animals collected will be delivered to Ronald McDonald House.
The Buckeyes opened the scored at 10:01 of the first period. Senior Tyler Lundey found sophomore Christian Lampasso at the far post and he was able to redirect the puck in for his first goal of the season. Freshman defenseman Tommy Parran had the second assist, his first point as a Buckeye. With time winding down, Kloos scored on the rush at 19:35 to tie the game at one. Shots were 13-8 in favor of Minnesota in the period.
The only goal of the second came at 3:28 when the Gophers’ Leon Bristedt tallied, putting Minnesota ahead 2-1. The Gophers had 17 shots in the period and Ohio State put 11 on net.
The teams combined for five goals in the third. The Buckeyes scored the first two, both on the power play. At 1:15 Weis passed through the slot to junior David Gust and he scored before the Gopher goalie could cover the post. The goal extended Gust’s point streak to 14 games. Schilkey also assisted on the play. At 3:22, freshman Dakota Joshua was able to jam the puck between the post and the Minnesota goalie to put the Buckeyes ahead, 3-2. Senior Anthony Greco and junior Josh Healey had the assists on the tally, Joshua’s third of the year. At 4:30, just 1:22 later, the Gophers’ Tommy Novak scored to tie the score for the third time. Minnesota regained the lead (4-3) at 17:15 when Tyler Sheehy one-timed a pass from Kloos. The Buckeyes pulled their goalie for the extra attacker with 1:03 remaining. On the final attack, Schilkey’s shot, off a pass from freshman John Wiitala, was saved. It went to Weis and he was able to settle the puck and score with the goalie out of position, tying the game with .1 remaining. Ohio State was outshot, 13-11, in the period.
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In overtime, Kloos scored the gamewinner at 3:25. The Gophers won the faceoff deep in the Buckeye zone. Ohio State blocked the Gophers’ first shot attempt, but the puck went to Kloos in the slot and he was able to snap a shot home. Minnesota had two shots on goal in the overtime, the Buckeyes one.
For the game, Minnesota outshot Ohio State, 45-31. Buckeye junior goalie Christian Frey had 40 saves in 62:23, while Eric Schierhorn had 27 saves for the Gophers in 63:25. The Buckeyes blocked 13 Gopher shot attempts, led by junior Drew Brevig with three, while Minnesota blocked 18 Buckeye attempts.
Ohio State won the special teams battle, going 2-for-5 on the power play and stopping Minnesota on two power play chances. The Buckeyes have not allowed a power play goal in the last five games, stopping all 13 attempts against. The game was the Buckeyes’ sixth this season with multiple goals with the man advantage. The power play is now 23-for-103 (.223) on the year, with the penalty kill 79-for-93 (.849).
Schilkey, who had two assists in the game, and Gust are tied for the Buckeyes’ point lead with 25 each. Schilkey is first with 13 goals and Gust has a team-best 18 assists. Gust has five goals, nine assists and 14 points in his 14-game point streak. Weis had a goal and an assist in the game, his fourth multiple-point game of the year. He has a 7-11-17 line on the year.
The loss was the Buckeyes’ fourth in overtime this season and the squad has gone to overtime six times. Ohio State is averaging 3.2 goals a game on the year and has four or more in five of the last eight games. This season, 20 of the Buckeyes’ 25 games have been decided by two or fewer goals, including all of their losses. The game Friday was the team’s ninth one-goal game of the year.