MADISON, Wis. – The No. 3-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team defeated Wisconsin, 4-1, Saturday in the Kohl Center to wrap up a weekend sweep of the Badgers (9-14-5, 5-8-5-2 B1G) and extend its winning streak to seven. Ohio State improves to 19-5-4 overall and is now 12-3-3-2 in Big Ten play, standing in first place with an 11-point lead on second place Michigan.
Ohio State returns home for two games vs. Minnesota next weekend. The teams will meet at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena. It is Military Appreciation Friday and First Responders Night Saturday.
Ohio State 4, Wisconsin 1
Ohio State led 1-0 after the first period and 3-0 after the second. The teams traded goals in the third for the 4-1 final. Buckeye goalie Tommy Nappier had 29 saves in the win.
In the first … The lone goal of the first came at 10:48. Dakota Joshua stole the puck from a Badger in the UW zone and ended up all alone in front for his ninth goal of the season. Shots were 10-9 in favor of the Buckeyes in the period.
In the second … Ohio State went ahead 2-0 at 6:36 when Tommy Parran put a shot off the bar and in from the faceoff circle. Matt Miller and Miguel Fidler assisted on the tally, with Miller extending his point streak to seven. At 12:52 Miguel Fidler put in the rebound of a shot by Gordi Myer, with Grant Gabriel also assisting. Ohio State had the shot advantage, 13-11. The goals were the first of the season for both Parran and Fidler.
In the third … The Badgers broke up the shutout at 18:20 on a Seamus Malone goal. A penalty was called on the Buckeyes on the goal and UW pulled its goalie for a 6×4 advantage. Mason Jobst sealed the win with an unassisted, shorthanded empty net goal at 19:59. The Badgers had nine shots on goal in the period and Ohio State had one.
Shots … The Buckeyes were outshot, 30-23, in the game. Tommy Nappier played 59:57 for the Buckeyes and had 29 saves. He is second in the NCAA with a 1.60 goals-against average and .946 save percentage and leads the NCAA in winning percentage (11-1-2, .857). Ohio State blocked 12 shots in the game, led by Gordi Myer with three and Matt Miller with two.
Special Teams … Each team was 0-for-7 on the power play.
Buckeye This and That … Fidler, who redshirted last season, notched his first goal since March 10, 2017 at Wisconsin … Parran’s goal was his first point of the season and his first goal since Dec. 31, 2016 … Ohio State has allowed two or fewer goals in 22-of-28 games this year and is limiting opponents to 2.04 goals a game … the Buckeyes are 10-1-4 on the road this season … Ohio State is 11-1-3 in the last 15 games … Ohio State swept the regular season series vs. the Badgers and has won six in a row over Wisconsin … Jobst’s shorthanded goal was the fifth of his career, tying for ninth in program history.
Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik
On sweeping Wisconsin
“I can’t say it enough. It’s so hard to win at this level anywhere against anybody, especially against a good team that’s played some really good hockey over the last month. It’s always huge to get the first goal and that was huge for us tonight.”
On Tommy Nappier and the goalie tandem with Sean Romeo
“Tommy has done his job. Both my goalies played very well this weekend. Certainly, for us they are difference makers right now and gives your team a little bit of an edge.”