December 4, 2020

No. 13/14 Buckeyes Downed by No. 14/rv Badgers, 3-1

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 13/14-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to No. 14/rv-Wisconsin, 3-1, Friday in game two of a Big Ten series. The teams split the weekend, with Ohio State winning 4-2 Thursday. Freshman Travis Treloar scored for the Buckeyes to extend his point streak to four (3g, 3a, 6p), while goalie Tommy Nappier made 27 saves.

The Badgers (5-5-0, 5-3-0-0-1-0 B1G) led 1-0 after the first period and 2-1 after the second, adding an insurance goal in the third against the Buckeyes (2-4-0, 2-4-0-0-1-0 B1G). Wisconsin won the special teams battle, going 2-for-2 on the power play and stopping both Buckeye power plays, including a five-minute major.

Next up, Ohio State heads to Notre Dame for a two-game Big Ten series. The teams will meet at 7 p.m. Saturday Dec. 12 and 5 p.m. Sunday Dec. 13. Both games will be televised by NBCSN and on Ohio State Radio. The first part of the Buckeye schedule will end with two nonconference games at home vs. Arizona State Dec. 17-18.

Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik

On special teams in the game

“We didn’t do as good of a job as they did at the end of the day. I thought our guys worked hard, but we had a five-minute major and didn’t get it done.”

On preparing for Notre Dame next weekend

“We have to go back to some normalcy this week in practice. That includes recovery, taking care of our bodies and studying for final exams; it’s easy to forget that these guys are students, too.”

Wisconsin 3, Ohio State 1

In the First … Cole Caufield put a shot through a screen for a 1-0 Badger lead 5:42 into the game. Each team had 10 shots in the period.

In the Second … The Buckeyes tied the game at 8:50. Sophomore Mark Cheremeta forced a turnover near the Wisconsin blue line and fed Treloar, whose shot went far post and in. The Badgers answered with a Brock Caufield power play goal at 13:09. Ohio State had the shot advantage, 14-11, in the period, and ended the stanza on a major power play, with 1:15 carrying into the third.

In the Third … Wisconsin extended the lead to 3-1 on Jack Gorniak’s power play tally at 6:13. Ohio State had 17 shots in the period, and skated with the net empty for most of the final three minutes for the extra attacker, and Nappier stopped 8-of-9 Badger shots on goal.

Shots … The Buckeyes had the shot advantage, 41-30, marking a season high in shots. Nappier played 57:19 and had 27 saves, allowing three goals. Wisconsin’s Cameron Rowe had 40 saves in 59:57.

The Buckeyes blocked 11 Badger shot attempts, led by James Marooney with three and Grant Gabriele with two.

Special Teams … Wisconsin was 2-for-2 on the power play and on the penalty kill.