Buckeyes Fall to No. 1 Gophers, 4-2

Ohio State and Minnesota met for the first time as Big Ten Conference foes.
Ohio State and Minnesota met for the first time as Big Ten Conference foes.

Jan. 18, 2014

Box Score

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Ohio State men's hockey team lost to No. 1-ranked Minnesota, 4-2, Saturday in game two of the weekend Big Ten Conference series between the teams. The Gophers (16-2-3, 6-0-1-0 B1G) posted a 1-0 win over the Buckeyes (11-7-1, 1-4-1-0 B1G) Friday in the Hockey City Classic outdoor game to sweep the series.

"I thought we settled in and played a pretty good hockey game," Steve Rohlik, Ohio State head coach, said. "You just can't give Minnesota some gifts like we did there a little bit. It was a good hockey game both ways and again we just came up a little short."

Up next, the Buckeyes will play their second consecutive road series, as they travel for two games at Wisconsin next weekend. The teams will face off at 9 p.m. ET Friday and 8 p.m. ET Saturday in the Kohl Center in Madison.

The Buckeyes opened the scoring at 10:35 when junior Nick Oddo redirected a shot from classmate Justin DaSilva past the Gopher goalie, with David Gust picking up the second assist. Freshman Drew Brevig, from nearby Lakeville, put the Buckeyes up 2-0 when his shot from the point got through with Ohio State on the power play. Juniors Ryan Dzingel and Tanner Fritz assisted on the tally, which came at 14:16. Just 24 seconds later the Gophers' Sam Warning converted a 2-on-1 for a 2-1 game. The Gophers outshot the Buckeyes, 16-7, in the period and had a shot hit the pipe early.



Warning scored twice in the second period to tie the game and put Minnesota ahead. He deadlocked the game at two 1:34 into the period and then put in a rebound on the power play at 8:42 for Minnesota's first lead. Ohio State had 15 shots in the period, with Minnesota putting seven on net. Buckeye freshman goalie Christian Frey made a save on a breakaway by Michael Brodzinski who was coming out of the penalty box with 6:20 left in the period to keep it a one-goal game.

The Gophers scored the only goal of the third when Seth Ambroz forced a turnover deep in the Buckeye end and scored unassisted at 7:13 for a 4-2 Gopher advantage. Ohio State skated with the net empty for the final 2:32, but could not get on the board. Shots were 9-5 in favor of Minnesota in the period.

The Buckeyes were outshot, 32-27, in the contest. Frey had 28 saves in the Buckeye net in 57:09. Minnesota's Adam Wilcox made 25 saves in 59:34.

Each team was 1-for-3 on the power play.

Ohio State had 14 recorded blocked shots, led by DaSilva with four and sophomore Sam Jardine with three.