EAST LANSING, Mich. – The No. 7/4-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team skated to a 7-7 tie in overtime at Michigan State Friday. The Spartans, who rallied for the tie with three goals in the final five minutes of the third, earned the extra point in the Big Ten standings with a goal in 3×3 overtime.
The Buckeyes (11-4-4, 4-3-3-2 B1G) and Spartans (6-10-3, 2-5-2-2 B1G) will wrap up the weekend series at 8 p.m. Saturday, with the game on BTN/BTN2Go and on Ohio State radio.
The Buckeyes’ first line combined for 10 points in the game, with senior Mason Jobst posting three assists and four points, Gustaf Westlund tallying twice (his first career goals) and notching an assist and Quinn Preston posting a goal and two assists.
👀 What. A. Goal.
— Ohio State Men's Hockey (@OhioStateMHKY) January 5, 2019
Ohio State 7, Michigan State 7 OT
In the first … The Buckeyes led 3-2 after the first 20 minutes. Just 1:16 into the game Buckeye rookie Gustaf Westlund scored his first career goal, as Mason Jobst found him all alone in the high slot. Freshman Quinn Preston also had a helper on the goal. At 3:49 the Spartans tied the game on a goal by Taro Hirose and MSU went ahead 2-1 at 14:24 on a Mitchell Lewandowski tip. Just 35 seconds later Buckeye junior Tanner Laczynski converted a breakaway – off a pass from Gordi Myer, with Sasha Larocque picking up the second assist – to tie the game at two. The Buckeyes went ahead 3-2 when Westlund forced the goalie into a turnover behind the net and the puck went to the front, where Preston put it into the empty net. Shots were 16-12 in favor of the Buckeyes in the period.
In the second … The lone goal of the stanza was a highlight reel play with Jobst and Preston combining on a 2-on-1. Preston carried the puck into the zone and passed behind his back to Jobst driving the net for the tally at 8:28, which put the Buckeyes ahead 4-2. Ohio State had the edge in shots, 13-11, in the period.
In the third … The teams combined for eight goals in the stanza. Just 47 seconds into the period Cody Milan made it a one-goal game with a power play goal but the Buckeyes answered with an extra man tally of their own, with Westlund getting his second of the night at 2:20. Jobst got the puck to Joshua in front and the puck went to Westlund at the far side with the goalie still on the other post. Freshman Ryan O’Connell scored the first of his career at 7:24, putting a shot through traffic in front, with Jobst picking up the assist. A Logan Lambdin goal at 13:55 (just as a power play expired) for the Spartans made it 6-4 before Joshua again pushed the Buckeye lead to three, set up by Carson Meyer at 15:00. The Spartans rallied with three goals in the final 4:35 to tie the score at seven. Zach Osburn scored 25 seconds after Joshua’s goal, Hirose converted on the power play at 16:31 and at 19:13 a shot from Dennis Cesana through a screen went in to deadlock the score for the first time since the first period. The eight goals came on 17 shots in the period – nine for the Buckeyes and eight for the Spartans.
In overtime … Buckeye goalie Sean Romeo stopped five Spartan shots in the five minutes of 5-on-5 overtime to preserve the tie. Ohio State had one shot on goal in the OT. The game was officially a tie for NCAA purposes and the teams went to a 3×3 overtime for an extra B1G point.
In 3×3 overtime … The Spartans’ Lambdin tallied 2:20 into the extra session, set up by Osburn and Lewandowski. MSU outshot Ohio State 2-1 in the 3×3.
Each team had three penalties and three power plays. Ohio State scored once with the man advantage and MSU had two power play goals.
The Buckeyes outshot the Spartans, 39-36, in the game. Buckeye goalie Sean Romeo had 29 saves in 65 minutes and MSU’s Drew DeRidder made 32 stops in 64:06.
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