COLUMBUS, Ohio – Freshman Tate Singleton’s goal with less than two minutes left in regulation gave the Ohio State men’s hockey team a 2-1 win and series sweep of Michigan Saturday in Value City Arena. Michigan had tied the game at 16:02 of the third, but Grant Gabriele set up the play that led to Singleton’s gamewinner less than three minutes later.
The No. 13 Buckeyes, on a four-game winning streak, are 6-1-1 on the year, with a 2-0-0-0 Big Ten record. Michigan falls to 3-4-1 (0-2-0-0 B1G), including a 3-2 loss Friday to Ohio State.
Ohio State travels for two games at Notre Dame next weekend. The teams will meet at 8 p.m. Friday on NBCSN and at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The Short Story – Ohio State 2, Michigan 1
There was no scoring until midway through the second period, when freshman Michael Gildon scored on a 5-on-3 power play to put the Buckeyes on the board. Ohio State maintained the lead until 16:02 of the third, but 2:27 later, the Buckeyes went back ahead. Defenseman Grant Gabriele made the play at the Buckeye blueline to get the puck and was able to get past the Michigan defender for a 2-on-1. His initial shot was saved, but freshman Tate Singleton put home the rebound for a 2-1 Ohio State advantage at 18:29. Michigan pulled its goalie for the extra attacker in the final minute, and forced goalie Tommy Nappier to make two final saves, but the Buckeyes preserved the win. Ohio State was 2-for-2 on the penalty kill, with both chances in the third, and converted 1-of-3 power play chances. Nappier ended the game with 25 saves.
“Any time you win two on a weekend it’s huge. But, as we all know, this is such a great rivalry between two good programs. It feels pretty good.” – Coach Rohlik after Ohio State’s sweep of Michigan
— Ohio State Men's Hockey (@OhioStateMHKY) November 3, 2019
Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik
On sweeping Michigan
“Any time you win two on a weekend it’s huge. But, as we all know, it’s such a great rivalry between two good programs. It feels pretty good.”
On goalie Tommy Nappier’s performance
“What can you say about Napes. He’s done that his whole career. He’s such a backstop for us. He’s calm, he makes big save after big save and he certainly gives us a lot of confidence”
Quoting freshman forward Tate Singleton
On his first Michigan weekend and getting the gamewinning goal
“I give all the credit to Grant Gabriele. What a play by him. It’s pretty special beating that team here at home.”
What was going through his mind during the play that led to the gamewinner
“Just put it in the back of the net and get in the locker room to celebrate with the guys”
Ohio State 2, Michigan 1
In the First … The Wolverines had 13 shots in the period, with the Buckeyes putting seven on net, but neither team could find the back of the net. No penalties were called in the period.
In the Second … The lone goal of the stanza came at 10:15. Tanner Laczynski set up Michael Gildon for a one-timer on a 5-on-3 power play. Ronnie Hein assisted on the goal as well, which was the first of Gildon’s Buckeye career. Shots were 13-4 in favor of Ohio State in the period, with the Buckeyes having the only three power play chances (putting seven shots on net).
In the Third … At 16:02 Cam York scored on a wraparound for Michigan to tie the game at 1 but the Buckeyes netted the gamewinner at 18:29. Grant Gabriele made the play at the Buckeye blueline and got the puck past the Wolverine defender. He raced in the zone and his shot was stopped, but the rebound went to Tate Singleton driving the net and he put the puck into the net before the goalie could cover. Michigan pulled its goalie for the final 38 seconds and Ohio State maintained the lead, with two saves from Tommy Nappier and a block from Collin Peters. Shots were 11-9 in favor of Ohio State. The Buckeye penalty kill was 2-for-2, allowing just three shots, to maintain the one-goal advantage early in the period.
Shots … Ohio State outshot Michigan, 31-26, in the contest. Tommy Nappier had 25 saves in 59:53 for the Buckeyes and Michigan’s Strauss Mann had 29 stops in 59:22. The Buckeyes blocked 20 shots. Hein led the way with four, while Gordi Myer and Ryan O’Connell had three and Peters, Austin Pooley and Gabriele each had two.
Special Teams … The Buckeyes were 1-for-3 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.
Buckeye This and That … Ohio State has won four consecutive games … Hein’s assist was his 50th point as a Buckeye … Nappier and the Buckeyes have not allowed more than two goals in a game and are holding opponents to 1.62 goals a contest (ranking third in the NCAA) …Nappier has a 1.62 goals-against average and .940 save percentage this year, ranking in the Top 6 nationally in both categories … the Buckeyes have notched the gamewinner in the third period in four of their six wins this season … Ohio State is 13-for-43 on the power play (30.2 percent), in the Top 10 nationally … Laczynski leads the Buckeyes with eight assists and nine points.
— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) November 3, 2019