November 13, 2021

No. 18/14 Buckeyes Fall to No. 6/8 Gophers, 2-0

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 18/14 Ohio State men’s hockey team saw its four-game winning streak end Saturday, as it was shut out by No. 6/8 Minnesota, 2-0, in 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis, Minn. Ohio State heads home with a split of the series after a 4-3 victory Friday over the Gophers.

The Buckeyes are now 7-3 on the year, with Minnesota 7-5. Ohio State is 4-2-0-0-0-0 in B1G play and the Gophers are a point ahead, with a 4-2-0-0-1-0 mark.

Up Next

Ohio State has a bye next weekend before hosting Mercyhurst at 5 p.m. Nov. 26 and 27 in Value City Arena. The next Big Ten series is Dec. 3-4 at Notre Dame, followed by a home matchup with Michigan Dec. 10-11. TICKET INFORMATION

The Short Story

Minnesota scored with four seconds left in the first period and carried the lead until 7:25 of the third when it added a power play goal for a two-goal cushion. The Buckeyes generated just 13 shots on goal and limited the Gophers to 22 shots on net in the game. Ohio State blocked 17 Minnesota shot attempts. The Buckeyes were 0-for-4 on the power play, with Minnesota 1-for-1.

 

Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik

On the game and the limited shot chances for each team …  

“We only gave up 22, they gave up 13 to us. We tried not to make mistakes on both sides and tried not to give up too much. We just need to create more offense and we need to score on our power play.”

How it Happened

  • The Buckeyes had a goal disallowed with less than three minutes remaining in the opening period. A shot on the power play went through, but the play was called no goal on the ice and held up by video review for a Buckeye skater in the crease.
  • With just four seconds left in the first a shot from Johnny Sorenson from the faceoff circle went through to put the Gophers ahead 1-0.
  • In the first, Minnesota had the shot advantage 6-3, with Ohio State blocking seven shots in the stanza. The Buckeyes had the only power play of the period.
  • No goals were scored in the second period, as the teams combined for just 11 shots on goal – seven by the Gophers, four by the Buckeyes.
  • At 7:25 of the third Matthew Knies took advantage of a Buckeye turnover with Minnesota on the power play and scored unassisted for a two-goal edge.
  • Ohio State pulled its goalie late, and ended the game with a 6-on-4 advantage after a cross checking call with 1:02 left, but could not find the back of the net.
  • The Buckeyes were outshot, 22-13, in the game, including 9-6 in the third. Buckeye goalie Jakub Dobeš had 20 saves.
  • Ohio State blocked 17 Gopher shots. Grant Gabriele had a career-high five, while Mason Lohrei and Tate Singleton each had three.
  • The Buckeyes were unable to score on four power play chances. Ohio State took one penalty in the game, with the Gophers converting on the opportunity.

Buckeye This and That

  • The Buckeyes were shutout for the first time this season. The Buckeyes have been held to one or fewer goals in each of their three losses this year, allowing two goals in each loss.
  • Dobeš is 7-2-0 this season, with a 1.39 goals-against average and .946 save percentage.
  • Ohio State has allowed two or fewer goals in eight of 10 games this year.
  • The Buckeyes were held below 15 shots on goal for the first time since Dec. 31, 2016 vs. Miami.