February 1, 2020

No. 11 Buckeyes Post 4-1 Road Win over Wolverines

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The No. 11-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the game and never looked back, downing Michigan, 4-1, Saturday in a Big Ten game in Yost Ice Arena.

Quinn Preston, a Michigan native, led Ohio State with a goal and an assist, while Matt Miller, Jaedon Leslie and Austin Pooley all found the back of the net, while Tommy Nappier had 35 saves in the Buckeye net. Ohio State led 2-0 after the first and 2-1 after the second, adding two late goals to help secure the victory.

Ohio State wins the regular season series vs. the Wolverines, 3-1. The Buckeyes improve to 16-9-3, with a 9-7-2-0 mark in Big Ten play. The Wolverines drop to 11-12-3 and have a 6-8-2-1 conference record.

Next Up

The Buckeyes return home to host Penn State Feb. 7-8. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. for game one and 5 p.m. for game two. A snow globe ticket package is available for the first game, which is also $1 dog night, has Hockey Hour on the concourse pregame and features postgame goals for youth. During game two, Script Ohio on Ice will be performed during intermission and there will be a postgame meet and greet with select student-athletes (Nos. 19-72).

Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik

“This was a hard-fought win for the guys on the road. It’s nice to have that winning feeling again. We are looking forward to playing back at home.”

Quoting freshman forward Jaedon Leslie

“It was a great group effort to bounce back. We talked about getting the first goal of the game, so to get it early was huge for our group. We competed hard and it was a great team win, especially in that rink against that team.”

On his first career goal, which stood as the gamewinner

“It was just a great play by Ronnie and Tate. Ronnie kicked it out to Tate and drove the net, which allowed room for Tate to hit me on the back side with a great pass. I just tried to get a shot off as quick as I could and fortunately it went in. It felt really good.”

Quoting sophomore forward Quinn Preston

“This was a huge win for us. The past three games we have been battling bounces and some adversity. Getting a win on the road in that building is a huge momentum builder moving forward.”

Ohio State vs. Michigan

In the First … Ohio State scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the game. Just 43 seconds in, Matt Miller put the Buckeyes on the board. Gustaf Westlund won a faceoff in the Wolverine zone back to Ryan O’Connell. He passed over to Miller, whose shot got through traffic and in. At 9:43 freshman Jaedon Leslie pushed the score to 2-0 with his first career goal. Freshman Tate Singleton stole the puck near the Ohio State blueline and rushed up the ice, passing with Ronnie Hein. Singleton got the puck back and found Leslie coming down the right side and he scored from the high slot. Shots were 12-6 in favor of Michigan in the period.

In the Second … The Wolverines scored the only goal of the second period, when Jack Becker tallied at 9:33. Ohio State had three power plays in the period, including two major power plays; one at 2:36 after an elbowing call and one at 16:21 for charging that carried into the third, but was unable to convert. Michigan outshot the Buckeyes, 13-8, in the stanza.

In the Third … Ohio State carried the one-goal edge until 11:35 of the stanza. Quinn Preston won the puck near the Buckeye blueline and carried into the zone 2-on-1 with Austin Pooley. Preston passed to Pooley, and his shot went through for a 3-1 Ohio State advantage. Preston sealed the win at 19:10, scoring unassisted from just inside the Ohio State zone. Buckeye goalie Tommy Nappier had 11 saves in the period on 11 Wolverine shots, including two late with the Michigan net empty. The Buckeyes blocked five Michigan shots in the final two minutes when it had the extra attacker. Ohio State put seven shots on net.

 Shots … The Buckeyes were outshot, 36-21. Nappier made 35 saves in all 60 minutes. Michigan’s Strauss Mann had 17 stops in 58:26. Ohio State blocked 20 Wolverine shot attempts, led by Gordi Myer and Grant Gabriele with four each.

Special Teams … Neither team scored with the man advantage – Ohio State had three chances and Michigan had four. The Buckeyes had a streak of seven games with a power play goal end.