MADISON, Wis. – The No. 8/7 Ohio State men’s hockey team headed home from Wisconsin with a split of a Big Ten Conference series with the Badgers, falling in the series finale, 5-2, Saturday in the Kohl Center. The game was tied at one after the first period but the Badgers pulled away in the second with four goals.
Ohio State, which won the opener Friday 4-2, is now 14-6-2 on the year and 7-4-1-0 in the Big Ten, tied for second place with Michigan State, two points back of first-place Penn State. Wisconsin is 8-11-1 overall and 3-8-1-1 in B1G play.
The Buckeyes return home next weekend to host Notre Dame in a Big Ten series. The teams will meet at 6 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena. Friday is the Military Appreciation night and youth can shoot on the Buckeye net postgame. There will also be a Chuck-a-Puck. Saturday is First Responders Appreciation. The team’s annual Teddy Bear Toss is that night and fans are encouraged to bring a new stuffed animal to throw on the ice to donate. They will be collected and delivered by the Buckeyes to Ronald McDonald House. Postgame, there will be a meet and greet with half of the Buckeye squad (Nos. 2-18).
Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik
“They scored on their chances and I thought we were a little looser than we normally are. Give their goalie credit. We had some good looks and he made some big saves.”
Ohio State vs. Wisconsin
In the First … The Badgers opened the scoring 6:32 into the game on a Sean Dhooghe goal. Buckeye Ronnie Hein tied the game with his second power play goal of the weekend, scoring from the far post on a pass from Tate Singleton, with Gordi Myer also assisting. Shots were 16-9 in favor of Ohio State in the period. Ohio State had two of the three power play chances.
In the Second … Wisconsin broke the game open, outscoring the Buckeyes, 4-1. The Badgers broke the tie 2:59 into the game and went ahead by two at 4:23, adding a goal at 14:41 and a power play tally at 16:30. At 17:12 Buckeye senior Sam McCormick scored his first of the year, converting after a Badger turnover in their zone. Shots were 11-7 in favor of Wisconsin, which had the only power play opportunity, in the second.
In the Third … No goals were scored in the third, with the teams combining for just 13 shots on net – seven for the Badgers and six for the Buckeyes. Ohio State had one power play chance and Wisconsin had two, ending the game with the man advantage.
Shots … Ohio State outshot Wisconsin, 29-27. Freshman Ryan Snowden played 58:28 for the Buckeyes and had 22 saves in his first road start. Jack Berry made 27 stops for Wisconsin in all 60 minutes. Ohio State blocked 15 shots, led by Grant Gabriele with four and Layton Ahac with three.
Special Teams … Ohio State was 1-for-3 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill.