March 29, 2018

TBT: Buckeyes in the Frozen Four


Twenty years ago, the Cinderella story continued for Ohio State hockey as they made their first NCAA Championship appearance. The Buckeyes defeated Michigan State 4-3 in overtime in game three of the 1998 NCAA Ice Hockey West Regional at Yost Ice Arena to advance to the Frozen Four.

Fast-forward to 2018 and the No. 2-ranked Buckeyes are writing their own history, qualifying for the second Frozen Four appearance in program history.

Before Ohio State faces off with Minnesota Duluth on Thursday, April 5, take a look back on the 1998 tournament run.

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Ohio State scored the game-winning goal off a counter attack following two great Michigan State scoring chances. Hugo Boisvert picked up the loose puck in his own zone, skated through the neutral zone, crossed the blueline, and slid a pass to Eric Meloche, who streaked down the left boards. Meloche skated to the goalline and tried to center a pass across the goal crease, but Michigan State goaltender Chad Alban poke checked the pass away. The puck carried to Andre Signoretti at the bottom of the faceoff circle to the left of Alban. Signoretti took a slapshot which beat the Michigan State goalie to the stick side for his second goal of the game and fifth of the season.