February 16, 2019

No. 2/3 Buckeyes Fall to Gophers, 4-3


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 2/3-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team dropped game two of its series with Minnesota, 4-3, Saturday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes, now 19-7-4 on the year, remain in first place in the Big Ten with a 12-5-3-2 record.

Next up, the Buckeyes play two games at Michigan next weekend. The teams will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the first college hockey game televised by FS1 and at 6 p.m. Saturday on BTN. With four games remaining in the regular season, Ohio State needs a win to clinch the Big Ten regular season title outright and at least two points to clinch a share of the title.

Saturday against the Gophers, Ohio State trailed 2-0 after the first period and 3-0 early in the second. The Buckeyes scored the next two for a one-goal game (3-2) after 40 minutes. Minnesota regained its two-goal advantage at 8:47 of the third and the Buckeyes responded 1:11 later but were unable to get the equalizer. The Buckeyes outshot the Gophers in the game, 46-16, including 21-2 in the third. Carson Meyer (1g, 2a) and Matt Miller (2a) led the Buckeyes with two points each.

Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik

On trying to overcome a deficit

“Just dig in. Our guys dug in. We had a mindset that it didn’t matter what the score was; we were going to continue to battle. Even when we got down to three-rip, we still believed we were going to win the game.”

Minnesota 4, Ohio State 3

In the first … Just 20 seconds into the game the Gophers had a 2-on-0 and scored, with Scott Reedy converting a pass from Sampo Ranta. At 8:47 Minnesota extended the lead to 2-0 when Nathan Burke tallied. Shots were 16-10 in favor of the Buckeyes in the period and the Gophers had the only power play.

In the second … Brent Gates tallied for Minnesota at 6:42 to go ahead 3-0. Ohio State got on the board as it converted its first power play of the game. Matt Miller kept the puck in at the blue line to Carson Meyer and he found Mason Jobst in the faceoff circle, where he put a shot far side at 7:43. Ohio State added a second power play goal at 17:07 for a one-goal game. Miller sent the puck down low. Dakota Joshua won the battle behind the net and passed out to Carson Meyer, who scored short side. The teams combined for 13 shots in the period, with Ohio State ahead, 9-4.

In the third … The Gophers again went ahead by two at 8:47, with Tyler Sheehy scoring off a Rem Pitlick pass. Just 1:11 later Ronnie Hein made the score 4-3, as he redirected a shot by Tommy Parran past the Gopher goalie. Sasha Larocque had the second assist goal, Hein’s 10th of the year. Ohio State controlled play in the period, outshooting the Gophers, 21-2. The Buckeyes went on the power play with 2:39 remaining and pulled their goalie for the extra attacker and 6×4 advantage. Ohio State generated shots late, including one that went off the post, but fell short.

 Shots … The Buckeyes outshot the Gophers, 46-16. Tommy Nappier played 58:26 for the Buckeyes and had 12 saves, suffering just the second loss of his collegiate career (15-2-2). This year, he has a 1.76 goals-against average, .939 save percentage and 11-2-2 record, ranking in the Top 3 nationally in all three categories. The Gophers blocked 19 Buckeye shot attempts in the game.

Special Teams … The Buckeyes were 2-for-5 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.

Buckeye This and That … Joshua’s assist was the 100th point of his Buckeye career. He has a 41-59-100 line in 126 games … the Buckeyes are 5-4 in one-goal games this season … Ohio State suffered back-to-back losses for the first time this season and was swept for the first time since last November vs. Notre Dame … Miller had his fifth career two-assist game and his second this season. He leads the Buckeye defensemen with 18 points, on four goals and 14 assists, with points in eight of the last nine games … Jobst leads the Buckeyes with 16 goals, 19 assists and 36 points and has a point in each of the last three, and eight of the last nine, games. He had a career-high 10 shots on goal in the game. … Meyer had his sixth two-point game as a Buckeye with a goal and an assist. He has an 8-11-19 line this year … Minnesota won the regular season series vs. the Buckeyes, 2-0-2, with Ohio State scoring in 3×3 overtime in both ties for the extra B1G point.

The Goals

Mason Jobst opened the scoring with his team-best 16th goal of the year, assisted by Carson Meyer and Matt Miller.

Carson Meyer netted his eighth of the year, with Matt Miller picking up his second assist of the night and Dakota Joshua posting career point 100.

Ronnie Hein hit double-digit goals for the season with his third period score, assisted by blueliners Tommy Parran and Sasha Larocque.