December 7, 2019

No. 7/8 Buckeyes Win in OT vs. Minnesota, 3-2


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COLUMBUS, Ohio  – Quinn Preston’s goal with 25 seconds left in overtime lifted the No. 7/8 Ohio State men’s hockey team to a 3-2 victory over Minnesota in a Big Ten game in Value City Arena Friday. Ohio State led 1-0 after the first period but the Gophers tied the game with the only goal in the second and went ahead early in the third, scoring both goals on the power play. Buckeye Carson Meyer deadlocked the score with just over seven minutes left in the third.

Ohio State, now 10-4-1 on the year and 6-3-0-0 in Big Ten play, and the Gophers (5-9-3, 2-4-3-2 B1G) will close the weekend series at 8 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena. It is the Buckeyes’ last game before the December break.

Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik

“At the end of the day the guys have a belief we can win and I think that’s pretty powerful. I don’t think we were at our best tonight and again I give a lot of credit to Minnesota. But, falling behind again and then finding a way to come back and win the game is huge.”

Ohio State 3, Minnesota 2 OT

In the First … The lone goal in the first period came from Buckeye junior Grant Gabriele. He got to a puck along the boards in the Gopher zone and put a shot short side from the faceoff circle. The tally was his second of the year. Buckeye goalie Tommy Nappier had 11 saves in the first period, as Ohio State was outshot, 11-7.

In the Second … Minnesota tied the game with 1:35 left in the period, as Robbie Stucker scored on the power play from the point after a faceoff win in the Buckeye zone. The Gophers had the shot advantage, 8-6, in the stanza.

In the Third … Just 1:43 into the third Sampo Ranta gave Minnesota the lead, banking a shot off Nappier and in on the power play. At 12:58 Carson Meyer backhanded in the rebound of a Miguel Fidler shot to tie the game for the second time. Wyatt Ege also assisted on the goal, Meyer’s fifth of the year. Shots were 8-7 in favor of Ohio State in the period.

In Overtime … Ohio State outshot Minnesota, 5-1, in overtime. The gamewinning goal came at 4:35. Tanner Laczynski corralled the puck in the neutral zone and left it for Quinn Preston coming down the left wing. His shot went through stick side for the Buckeye victory.

Shots … The Buckeyes were outshot, 27-26, in the game. Nappier had 25 saves in 64:35 for the Buckeyes and Jack LaFontaine made 23 stops in 64:35 for the Gophers. Ohio State blocked 12 shots, led by Meyer with three and Ege and Gabriele with two each.

Special Teams … Each team had three power play chances and Minnesota scored two power play goals.

Buckeye This and That … The Buckeyes are on a four-game winning streak and have won their last five games at home … Laczynski is first on the team with 10 assists and 15 points … Ohio State has allowed two or fewer goals in 12 of 15 games this season and is allowing 1.93 goals per contest … the win was the Buckeyes’ first in overtime since Feb. 8 at Wisconsin; the squad is 1-1-1 in overtime this year.


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