COLUMBUS Ohio - In a Big Ten Conference game, the Ohio State men's hockey team lost to No. 19 Michigan, 10-6, Friday in Value City Arena in front of a season-high crowd of 8,156. Junior Anthony Greco led the Buckeyes with his second hat trick of the season, while senior Matt Johnson had a three-point night with two goals and an assist.
Ohio State (7-11-2, 2-4-0 B1G) hits the road for its next four games, with two at Michigan State next weekend. The Buckeyes and Spartans will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 23-24 in East Lansing, Mich. A bye week follows, with the team then headed for a two-game series at Minnesota Feb. 6-7. The squad will play seven of its final 10 regular season games in Columbus, starting Feb. 13-14 vs. Wisconsin.
The Wolverines led 4-1 after the first period and outshot the Buckeyes, 21-11, in the stanza. Michigan's Zach Hyman tallied at 1:38 and 5:36 for an early 2-0 lead. With the Buckeyes killing a five-minute major, Greco scored a shorthanded goal on the fly, making it a one-goal game (2-1) at 14:30. Michigan responded with two goals in a 21 second span while still on the major power play, as Dylan Larkin scored at 15:22 and Tyler Motte tallied at 15:43. A third Michigan power play goal was reversed after video review ruled there was contact with the goalie.
Michigan outscored the Buckeyes 3-2 in the second period for a 7-3 lead after 40 minutes. Just 14 seconds into the period Andrew Copp backhanded a shot in for a 5-1 UM advantage. The Buckeyes went on the power play shortly after and Johnson scored, assisted by sophomores Nick Schilkey and Drew Brevig, at 1:42. UM again responded, with a goal from Justin Selman less than a minute later (2:36). Ohio State then scored 29 seconds later (3:05), with freshman Matthew Weis redirecting a shot from Johnson, with Schilkey on the second assist, making it a three-goal game (6-3). The final goal of the period came at 12:08, when Motte scored for UM. Each team had 11 shots in the period.
Each team scored three times in the third period. Michigan's Dexter Dancs scored at 2:25, putting the Wolverines ahead, 8-3. Five minutes into the period, Buckeye sophomore goalie Logan Davis stopped Hyman on a penalty shot, his second career save on a penalty shot vs. the Wolverines (Nov. 29, 2013). Greco then scored twice in six seconds, completing his hat trick and drawing Ohio State within three. His first goal came at 8:26, assisted by senior Tanner Fritz, with his second unassisted at 8:32. The Buckeyes scored their third goal in a row at 14:17, cutting Michigan's lead to two, when Johnson put in the rebound of a shot by freshman Victor Bjorkung. However, the Wolverines answered 20 seconds later on a goal from Alex Kile to pull back ahead by three (9-6). With 4:08 remaining the Buckeyes pulled Davis for the extra attacker, but they could get no closer. The Wolverines scored the final goal at 18:56, with Larkin getting the marker. Ohio State outshot Michigan, 15-7, in the period.
For the game, the Buckeyes outshot the Wolverines, 39-37, including 26-18 over the final two periods. Sophomore Matt Tomkins started the game for Ohio State and had 23 saves on 30 shots in 32:08. Davis made six saves in 24:49, allowing two goals. Michigan's Steve Racine started and had 28 saves in 54:17, allowing six goals, with Zach Nagelvoort playing the final 5:43 in relief and stopping the three shots he faced.
Ohio State was 1-for-2 on the power play in the game, with Michigan 2-for-4.
• Greco has a team-high 12 goals and is the first Buckeye with two hat tricks in a season since at least 1997-98. He is the second NCAA player this year to record two hat tricks and is first in the NCAA with four unassisted goals. He had 12 shots vs. Michigan, setting a Value City Arena record (11; 2x, last Rod Pelley Dec. 5, 2005 vs. Alabama Huntsville). He has a point in six of the last eight games (7g, 2a, 9p).
• Johnson had his second career three-point game with two goals and an assist. He also had a three-point night vs. Mercyhurst Jan. 2. It was his second multiple-point game of the year and he is second on the team with 10 goals. He had 10 shots on goal vs. the Wolverines.
• Schilkey has a 5-9-14 line on the year and a point in eight of the last 13 games. It was his fifth multiple point game of the year.
• Greco, Johnson, Fritz and Schilkey share the team lead with 14 points each.
• Weis has a point in five of his last six games (3g, 3a, 6p) and is fifth on the squad with 13 points.
• Ohio State played with 17 skaters because of injury and illness.
• The six goals scored by the Buckeyes matched the season high, first set Jan. 2 at Mercyhurst.
• Freshman Christian Lampasso, who has a team-high 10 assists, had a six-game point streak stopped.
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