Jan. 25, 2014
MADISON, Wis. - The Ohio State men's hockey team was defeated by No. 9 Wisconsin, 5-3, Friday in the Kohl Center in a Big Ten Conference series. The Buckeyes (11-9-1, 1-5-1-0 B1G) and Badgers (14-6-1, 5-2-0-0 B1G) will close the weekend series at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET Saturday in the Kohl Center. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Wisconsin+ and available through the BTN2Go website and mobile app.
The teams were tied at one after the first. Wisconsin took the lead 2:20 into the game when Jake McCabe scored following a faceoff deep in the Buckeye zone. At 7:49, Ohio State faced a five-minute major power play and held the Badgers off the board, allowing just four shots to get through on the chance. At 14:42 a Ryan Dzingel power play shot from the point deflected off a Badger defenseman and in to tie the game at 1-all. Freshman defenseman Drew Brevig and junior Max McCormickassisted on Dzingel's goal, his team-best 14th of the year. Ohio State outshot Wisconsin,9-7, in the period.
Wisconsin scored twice late in the second for a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes. Ohio State took a 2-1 lead at 10:55 of the second when it converted its second power play chance of the night. Freshman Nick Schilkey's shot from the blue line got through, assisted by sophomore Sam Jardineand Dzingel. The Badgers scored twice in 2:47 to tie the game and take the lead. Shortly after a Buckeye power play, Morgan Zulinick deadlocked the game at 2 and Tyler Barnes' goal at 17:17 pushed the Badgers back ahead. The Badgers put 12 shots on net in the period, with Ohio State getting eight through.
Just 42 seconds into the third period Wisconsin extended its lead to two (4-2) on a Joe Faust tally. With the Badgers on the power play late, freshman David Gustscored a shorthanded goal - the first of his career, and his fifth tally this season - to make it a one-goal game at 17:33. Wisconsin again answered, as Jedd Soleway scored before the power play expired for a 5-3 Badger advantage. The Buckeyes skated with an empty net to close the game, and had some changes, but could get no closer. Shots were 10-9 in favor of Wisconsin in the stanza. Ohio State was scoreless on three power play chances in the third.
Wisconsin outshot the Buckeyes, 29-26. Freshman Matt Tomkinsmade 24 saves for the Buckeyes in 59:11. Wisconsin's Joel Rumpel had 23 stops in all 60 minutes.
Ohio State was 2-for-6 on the power play, including a chance with just three seconds left in the game. Wisconsin was 1-for-3 with the man advantage.
The Buckeyes blocked 16 Badger shots, with Brevig and Derek Angeli leading the way with three each.
Dzingel leads the Buckeyes with 14 goals, 16 assists and 30 points this season. He leads the Big Ten in points and is tied for the league lead in goals.
The Buckeye power play is in the Top 10 nationally this season, converting 22-of-96 chances (22.9 percent). The team has a power play goal in seven of the last nine games, converting 36.4 percent (12-of-33) in the stretch.
Mason Jobst - All-American