COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 7/8-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team closed out the first half of its schedule with a 1-1 overtime tie vs. Minnesota Saturday in Value City Arena. The only goals in the game came in the first period, with Ohio State answering a Gopher tally on a Gustaf Westlund goal at 19:11. The Gophers earned the extra point in the Big Ten standings with a goal in 3-on-3 overtime.
Ohio State heads into its December break 10-4-2 on the year and 6-3-1-0 in Big Ten play, on a five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1). The Gophers are 5-9-4 and 2-4-4-3 in league action.
Ohio State is off until hosting Colgate Dec. 27-28 in Value City Arena. The teams will meet at 7 p.m. in game one and 5 p.m. in game two.
Ohio State 1, Minnesota 1 OT
In the First … The game’s only scoring happened in a 1:34 span late in the opening stanza. Jonny Sorensen opened the scoring at 17:37, putting home a rebound right in front. Less than two minutes later the Buckeyes tied the game. Carson Meyer led Gustaf Westlund into the Gopher zone and his shot beat the Gopher goalie five-hole at 19:11. Ohio State was outshot, 11-7, in the period. Minnesota had the only power play.
In the Second … Each team put 12 shots on net in the middle stanza. The Buckeyes killed three Gopher power plays, allowing just one shot on net, and Ohio State was 0-for-2 with the man advantage.
In the Third … Both teams had a power play chance in the period and Ohio State had the shot advantage, 8-5.
In Overtime … The teams combined for nine shots on goal in the five minutes of 5-on-5 overtime. Tommy Nappier had six saves for Ohio State and the Buckeyes put three shots on net. The game was final as a tie for NCAA purposes after the OT.
In 3×3 OT … The game went to a 3-on-3 overtime for an extra Big Ten point. Ben Meyers converted a breakaway at 1:34 for the Gophers. It was the only shot on goal in the 3×3 session.
Shots … The Gophers had the shot advantage, 34-30. Nappier made 33 saves in all 65 minutes for the Buckeyes and Jack LaFontaine had 29 stops in 65 minutes. Ohio State blocked 19 shots. Matt Miller led the way with four, while Wyatt Ege had three and Layton Ahac, Gordi Myer and Tanner Laczynski each had two.
Special Teams … Ohio State was 0-for-3 on the power play and held Minnesota scoreless on five chances.
Buckeye This and That … Westlund leads the Buckeyes with nine goals, tying for second among Big Ten skaters … Westlund and Laczynski share the team point lead with 15 each … Nappier is 10th nationally with a 1.88 goals-against average and is eighth with a .934 save percentage … as a team, the Buckeyes are holding opponents to 1.88 goals a game, ranking sixth in the NCAA … the squad has held opponents to two or less goals in 13 of 16 games … the Buckeyes are on a five-game unbeaten streak and are 5-0-1 in their last six games at home, with a 6-1-1 overall record in Columbus … Ohio State is tied for second in the Big Ten standings with 19 points, matching Michigan State and two points back of Penn State; Notre Dame is in fourth, four points back with two games in hand.