Buckeyes Beat No. 9 Wisconsin, 3-1
Jan. 25, 2014
MADISON, Wis. - The Ohio State men's hockey team posted a 3-1 win over No. 9-ranked Wisconsin Saturday in the Kohl Center. Ohio State trailed by one in the second period but goals from freshman Nick Schilkey and junior Nick Oddo less than four minutes apart later in the stanza led the team to the win, with freshman goalie Christian Freymaking 36 saves in the Ohio State net. Ohio State is now 12-9-1 on the year (2-5-1-0 B1G), with the Badgers 14-7-1 (5-3-0-0 B1G).
"I'm really proud of these guys," Steve Rohlik, Ohio State head coach, said. "We've battled the Big Ten teams and played close with a lot of them but couldn't find a way to win. Tonight we found a way to win. We had good goaltending and scored some timely goals. That's what you have to do to win on the road."
Ohio State returns to action next weekend, hosting Penn State in the first Big Ten Conference series between the teams. The game Friday features Script Ohio on Ice during the first intermission. Saturday, the first 50 years of Ohio State hockey will be celebrated and the All-Buckeye Team will be revealed. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. Friday and will be streamed through Buckeye Vision. Saturday, the game is a 2 p.m. tilt and will be televised on ESPNews.
Neither team scored in the first period despite a combined six power play chances and two stretches of 4-on-4 action. Each team had four penalties called in the stanza. The Badgers put 17 shots on net, with the Buckeyes getting five through.
Ohio State led 2-1 after the second period. Wisconsin took a 1-0 lead at 10:03 when Mark Zengerle scored, getting to a loose puck from in close. At 11:41 Nick Schilkey took the puck end to end and scored on a backhand into the top corner. Justin DaSilva and Oddo assisted on the goal, as they got the puck around and to Schilkey deep in the Buckeye zone. Buckeye pressure led to the second goal, as Oddo put in the rebound of a shot from Sam Jardine, with Schilkey also assisting. Ohio State outshot Wisconsin, 12-11, in the period.
In the third, Frey stopped all nine Badger attempts and Ohio State held Wisconsin scoreless on a power play early in the stanza to maintain the one-goal lead. Ohio State put five shots on net, with Darik Angeli sealing the win with an empty net goal with 12 seconds left, assisted by Tanner Fritzand Jardine.
Wisconsin outshot the Buckeyes, 37-22, in the game. Frey made a career-high 36 saves in all 60 minutes to move to 3-1 on the year. Wisconsin goalie Joel Rumpel made 19 saves in 58:49.
. Neither team converted on the power play. Ohio State was 0-for-5 and Wisconsin was 0-for-4.