November 12, 2021

No. 18/14 Buckeyes Rally to Down No. 6/8 Gophers, 4-3


Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 18/14 Ohio State men’s hockey team was down 3-0 after 20 minutes on the road against No. 6/8 Minnesota, but rallied for a 4-3 victory in 3M Arena in Mariucci in Minneapolis. The Buckeyes scored twice in the second to make it a one-goal game and then tallied twice in the first half of the third to tie the game and take the lead.

The Buckeyes, on a four-game winning streak and with wins in seven of their last eight games, are now 7-2-0 overall and 4-1-0-0-0-0 in the B1G. Minnesota is 6-5-0 and 3-2-0-0-1-0 in league play.

The teams will close the series at 6 p.m. ET Saturday. The games will be televised by Bally Sports North, with Bally Sports Great Lakes carrying the broadcast. The game can also be streamed live on as well as the Bally Sports app and B1G+ via smartphones, tablets and connected devices when fans authenticate using their pay-tv credentials.

The Short Story

Minnesota led 3-0 after the first period, with an early goal and two in the final minute of the period. Ohio State did not allow a goal the rest of the way for the win. The Buckeyes scored twice in the second – Jake Wise at 4:26 and Patrick Guzzo at 8:54 – to make it a one-goal game after 40 minutes. In the third, Gustaf Westlund tied the game at 3:57 and Joe Dunlap put Ohio State ahead at 10:00. The Buckeye penalty kill was 5-for-5 in the game and goalie Jakub Dobeš had 23 saves. The victory was the Buckeyes’ third this season when trailing entering the final period.

Quoting head coach Steve Rohlik

“Give up a field goal in the first isn’t what we ordered. But give a lot of credit to the guys in this room – they never give up and believe. We just had to chip away against a really good hockey team.”

Quoting senior captain Gustaf Westlund

“I’m extremely proud of our ability to put the first period behind us, come back and get the win. We’re here to win two games and we’re halfway there. We’re excited to get back at it tomorrow.”


Ohio State Buckeyes

How it Happened

  • Minnesota controlled play in the opening period and ended the first 20 minutes ahead 3-0.
  • Jack Perbix opened the scoring at 2:42. In the final minute, Ben Meyers scored twice in 18 seconds, at 19:13 and 19:31, for a three-goal lead. Shots were 11-3 Gophers in the stanza.
  • Ohio State made it a one-goal game with two second-period tallies.
  • At 4:26 Jake Wise put the Buckeyes on the board, one-timing a cross-ice pass from Georgii Merkulov. The goal came one second after an Ohio State power play expired. Grant Gabriele also assisted on the goal, Wise’s third of the year.
  • Patrick Guzzo scored less than five minutes later, scoring from the faceoff circle off an assist from Kamil Sadlocha. Gabriele had the second assist on Guzzo’s goal as well.
  • Ohio State outshot the Gophers 10-5 in the period and had the only three power play chances in the stanza.
  • Gustaf Westlund tied the game at three less than four minutes into the third. He took a lead pass from Mason Lohrei and skated into the Gopher zone, putting a shot past the Minnesota goalie from high in the Gopher zone.
  • Joe Dunlap gave the Buckeyes the lead at the midway point of the third. Quinn Preston forced a turnover with a hit inside the Gopher blueline. Dunlap picked up the puck and scored from below the faceoff dot for a 4-3 Ohio State advantage.
  • Ohio State killed three Gopher power plays in the final period, including a 6-on-4 chance for the final 13 seconds of the game with the Minnesota net empty. For the game, the Buckeye penalty kill was 5-for-5.
  • Buckeye goalie Jakub Dobeš ended the game with 23 saves, including 10 in the third period.
  • The Buckeyes blocked 18 shots. Ryan O’Connell had a team-high four, while Guzzo had three and Dominic Vidoli had two.

Buckeye This and That

  • Ohio State has outscored opponents 17-2 in the third period this year.
  • The Buckeyes have gone on at least a four-goal run in each of their last four games.
  • Gabriele had his first two-assist game as a Buckeye and his second career multiple-point night.
  • Dobeš is 7-1-0 this season, with a 1.31 goals-against average and .950 save percentage.
  • Lohrei leads the Buckeyes with six assists and eight points. Westlund has a team-best four goals, while Wise, Mark Cheremeta, Tate Singleton and Guzzo each have three.
  • The game was just the second time this year Ohio State allowed more than two goals. The Buckeyes have scored three or more times in seven of nine outings.
  • Merkulov is on a four-game point streak (4a). Lohrei has a point in each of the last three games (1g, 3a, 4p), as does Wise (2g, 2a, 4p). Dunlap has goals in back-to-back games.
Ohio State Buckeyes

Photo Credit: Matt Krohn/University of Minnesota Athletics