Dec. 4, 2016
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The No. 11/10-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team closed out the first half of its season with an 8-3 win at No. 11/9 Minnesota Saturday in Mariucci Arena. The teams were tied at two after the first period but the Buckeyes went on a six-goal run, including four in the second period, for the victory.
The Buckeyes are now 9-2-4 overall and 1-1-0 in the Big Ten, with Minnesota 7-5-2 (1-1-0 B1G). The game ends the first half of Ohio State’s schedule; the next game is Dec. 31 vs. Miami in Columbus.
Ohio State 8, Minnesota 3
Ohio State scored the first two goals, with Mason Jobst tallying just 33 seconds in and Tommy Parran lighting the lamp at 9:32. The Gophers tied the game with two goals in a 1:33 span and the teams headed into intermission deadlocked at two. The Buckeyes broke the game open in the second. Nick Schilkey and Jobst scored 14 seconds apart, at 2:06 on the power play and 2:20. Tanner Laczynski followed at 7:07 and Josh Healey scored at 8:51. The Ohio State run continued in the third, with David Gust scoring on the power play at 4:57 and Sasha Larocque tallying at 13:08. Minnesota ended the scoring with a power play goal with 2:30 left. The Buckeyes were outshot, 34-26, with Christian Frey making 31 saves in the Buckeye net. Ohio State was 2-for-5 on the power play and Minnesota was 1-for-4, scoring the one late goal.
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Quoting Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik
“It was a good road win. Any time you play a team like Minnesota on their ice and come away with a win you’ve done something right. Ultimately, it was a great team effort. This was a good way to end the first half.”
Quoting Ohio State senior forward David Gust
“It was nice to finally get a win in their arena and an awesome way to end the first half. The whole team contributed up and down the lineup. We had a solid regroup in the lockerroom after the first period, calming everyone down. We knew what we needed to do to go out there and get the job done.”
Quoting Ohio State senior forward Nick Schilkey
“We know Minnesota is always a conference contender team and it’s huge for us to come in here before the break and get a good win to start the conference season on the right foot.”
In the First …
The Buckeyes scored just 33 seconds into the game, as the Gophers let the puck go to the side of the net and Luke Stork picked it up, passing it to sophomore Mason Jobst right in front. At 9:32 defenseman Tommy Parran scored for a 2-0 lead. A shot from John Wiitala went five-hole and Parran got to the front of the net to knock it home. Freshman Tanner Laczynski also assisted on the goal.
The Gophers scored the next two to tie the game. At 11:20 Tyler Sheehy tallied after the Buckeyes couldn’t clear the zone and 1:33 later Ryan Lindgren scored.
Minnesota outshot the Buckeyes, 12-7, in the period.
In the Second …
The Buckeyes scored four goals in the second to take a 6-2 lead. The first two game 14 seconds apart at 2:06 and 2:20. Just three seconds into a power play senior Nick Schilkey scored from the slot after a faceoff win by Tanner Laczynski. On the next shift, Schilkey’s pass put Mason Jobst alone in front and he scored his second of the game. Junior Luke Stork had the second assist on the goal, Schilkey’s team-best 13th of the year.
At 7:07 Laczynski scored a goal of his own, taking a pass from John Wiitala and tallying from a sharp angle. At 8:51 defenseman Josh Healey was right in front for a goal, assisted by Jobst and senior David Gust.
The Buckeyes had 16 shots in the period, with Minnesota putting seven on net.
In the Third …
At 4:57 of the third David Gust converted less than 20 seconds after a Buckeye power play started, scoring five-hole off assists from Josh Healey and Mason Jobst. Defenseman Sasha Larocque notched his first of the year at 13:08, assisted by Tanner Laczynski, as his puck went off the far post and in.
The final goal came from Minnesota’s Tyler Sheehy on the power play at 17:30.
Minnesota had 15 shots in the third period, Ohio State three.
Blocking the Puck
The Buckeyes were outshot, 34-26, in the game. Senior Christian Frey played all 60 minutes and had 31 saves.
For Minnesota, Eric Schierhorn started and played the first 23:07, allowing four goals on 14 shots before he was replaced by Nick Lehr. Lehr gave up two goals on eight shots in 5:44 before Schierhorn went back in. For the game, Schierhorn allowed six goals and made 12 saves in 54:16.
The Buckeyes were 2-for-6 on the power play in the game and are now 16-for-68 (.235) on the year, ranking sixth in the NCAA. The squad has a power play tally in six of the last seven games.
Ohio State’s penalty kill was 3-for-4 in the game and 9-for-11 in the series.
Buckeye This and That
• The eight goals were the second-highest total for Ohio State this season, behind the 10 scored at Niagara Oct. 28. The Buckeyes are second nationally in scoring offense, averaging 4.53 goals a night.
• Mason Jobst, with two goals and two assists, had the second four-point game of his career and first since Jan. 15 vs. Michigan. He now has five goals and 11 assists for 16 points this season.
• Tanner Laczynski had a career-high three assists and four points. Through his first 15 collegiate games he has a 6-16-22 line, ranking second in the Big Ten in scoring, 10th nationally in points per game (1.47) and second in the NCAA in rookie points per game. He has eight multiple point games this year.
• Nick Schilkey’s goal was his 13th this year. He is fourth in the NCAA with .87 goals per game and tied for second in the NCAA and in the Big Ten in total goals. He is second on the team with 19 points.
• John Wiitala had two assists, his sixth career two-point game and second this year. It was his first game with more than one helper as a Buckeye. He has a 6-7-13 line this season.
• Josh Healey had a goal and an assist for two points. He is tied for fifth in the NCAA in points per game among defensemen (1.00) and shares the point lead among B1G blueliners with 15 points on two goals and 13 assist.
• Sasha Larocque is the 16th Buckeye to score a goal this season, notching his first goal since Jan. 17 vs. Michigan. All 23 Buckeye skaters have at least one assist.
• Luke Stork had two assists for the second time in his career and first since Dec. 5, 2015 at Minnesota. It was his sixth two-point game as a Buckeye.
• David Gust has 10 goals and 16 points this season after a goal and an assist in the win. He is tied for third in goals in the B1G.
• The win was the first for the Buckeyes at Minnesota as Big Ten foes.