Buckeyes Fall to No. 1 Gophers, 4-2
Ohio State and Minnesota met for the first time as Big Ten Conference foes.
Jan. 18, 2014
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.