MINNEAPOLIS – The No. 6-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to Minnesota, 4-1, Saturday in in the final regular season meeting between the teams. Ohio State is 15-8-3 overall and 8-6-2-0 in Big Ten play, while Minnesota is now 10-10-4 and 5-5-4-3 in the league.
The Buckeyes hit the road again, traveling to Ann Arbor for two games against Michigan. The teams will meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Yost Ice Arena. The games will be streamed by BTN Plus and on Ohio State radio.
Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik
“They were a better team tonight. We just didn’t play great. Give all the credit to them. I liked our fire in the third; we showed we weren’t just going to wilt away. But, you have to learn from this.”
Ohio State vs. Minnesota
In the First … Bryce Brodzinski opened the scoring for Minnesota at 4:46, scoring unassisted off a Buckeye turnover. Buckeye goalie Tommy Nappier had 15 saves in the period, including a number of highlight reel stops, with Ohio State putting nine shots on net.
In the Second … Minnesota extended the lead to 3-0, on a Brannon McManus goal at 7:42 that went in off a Buckeye skate and a Sampo Ranta goal at 10:10 off an odd-man rush. Shots were 10-5 in favor of the Gophers in the period. Minnesota had three power plays in the period, with Ohio State having one shortened chance.
In the Third … Carson Meyer broke up the shutout with a power play goal at 6:30, as a pass from Tanner Laczynski went off his skate and in. Matt Miller also assisted on the tally, Meyer’s ninth goal of the year. Laczynski is first on the team with 19 assists and 26 points. The final goal was scored by the Gophers’ Ben Meyers on the power play at 8:34. The teams, who each were 1-for-1 on the power play in the stanza, combined for 26 shots in the period, with Minnesota ahead, 14-12.
Shots … Minnesota had the shot advantage, 38-29, in the game. Nappier had 34 saves in 60 minutes for the Buckeyes. Minnesota’s Jack LaFontaine had 28 stops in 59:57. Gordi Myer led the Buckeyes with three shot blocks.
Special Teams … Ohio State was 1-for-2 on the power play, notching a power play goal for the sixth straight game. Minnesota was 1-for-4 with the man advantage. The Buckeyes are 26-for-101 on the power play (25.7%) this season, ranking in the Top 10 in the NCAA.