Jan. 11, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior forward Darik Angeli’s third-period goal lifted the Ohio State men’s hockey team to a 1-1 overtime tie with Michigan State in front of 8,068 fans in Value City Arena Saturday. The Spartans (6-10-3, 0-2-2-2 B1G) won the shootout, 3-2 in six rounds, to pick up the extra point in the Big Ten standings. Ohio State, on a four-game unbeaten streak, is 11-6-1 overall and 1-2-1-0 in conference play.
The Buckeyes hit the road for their next four games, playing at Minnesota Jan. 17-18 and at Wisconsin Jan. 24-25. The team will be back in Value City Arena Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 to take on Penn State.
The Spartans scored the only goal of the first period, as Matt Berry tallied 2:49 into the game, assisted by Michael Ferranti and Jake Chelios. The Buckeyes outshot the Spartans, 15-10, in the period and held MSU scoreless on the only power play chance.
The teams were scoreless in the second period. Ohio State had a 5-on-3 power play chance for 1:03 late in the period but was unable to convert. The teams combined for just nine shots in the stanza, with MSU putting six shots on goal.
In the third, Buckeye sophomore Tyler Lundey was able to get the puck to classmate Anthony Greco down low. He found Angeli alone in front and he scored at 8:10 to tie the game at 1. Buckeye freshman goalie Matt Tomkins stopped all eight shots he faced in the third, with Ohio State putting 10 shots on net. The Buckeyes had the lone power play chance in the period with less than seven minutes remaining.
In overtime, both teams had chances, with ichgian State outshooting Ohio State, 3-1, but neither was able to net the gamewinner. Ohio State is 0-1-1 in overtime this season.
The game continued to a shootout, the first for the Buckeyes in Big Ten play. The Spartans scored in the first round and junior Tanner Fritz forced extra rounds with a goal on the Buckeyes’ third attempt. Each team scored in round four, as freshman Nick Schilkey tallied for Ohio State. Neither squad scored in round five. In the sixth round, the Spartans’ Tanner Sorenson scored and MSU goalie Jeff Hildebrand was able to make a save on Angeli to give the Spartans the shootout victory.
For the game, Ohio State outshot Michigan State, 29-27. Tomkins made 26 saves for the Buckeyes in 64:40 and the Spartans’ Hildebrand made 28 stops in all 65 minutes.
Neither team was able to score on the power play, with Ohio State 0-for-4 and Michigan State 0-for-3. It was the first time the Buckeyes were held scoreless with the man advantage in the last six games. On the year, the team has converted 19-of-86 chances (21.1 percent) to rank in the Top 10 nationally.
The Buckeyes were held to less than three goals for just the third time this season and for the first time in 11 games. The team is averaging 3.38 goals this year to rank third in the NCAA.
Junior Ryan Dzingel had a 10-game point streak ended in the tie, with a 12-8-20 line in the stretch. He is fifth in the NCAA with 1.50 points per game and leads the Big Ten with 27 points.
Steve Rohlik, Ohio State head coach
On the back and forth of the teams
“You have to pay for every inch out there and I think both teams felt that. If you get a little momentum going your way, they get a little momentum going their way. Both teams played hard.”
On improving late in games
“I told our guys we have two overtime games and we lost in the last minute to Michigan. We have to be that much better every day. We have to get a little bit better every day.”
Darik Angeli, Ohio State junior forward
On the game
“Hats off to them (Michigan State). They played really well defensively. It’s the Big Ten, it is going to be tough every game. We just have to grind through it.”
Mason Jobst - All-American