ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Forwards Mason Jobst and Nick Schilkey combined for four goals and seven points, leading the No. 11-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team to a 6-5 comeback win over Michigan Saturday in Yost Ice Arena.
The Buckeyes trailed 5-4 entering the third period but Schilkey set Jobst up for a power play goal to tie the game at 8:33 and Jobst found Schilkey for the gamewinner with just 30 seconds left in regulation.
The Buckeyes (13-7-6, 4-5-1-1 B1G) and Wolverines (9-13-2, 2-7-1-1 B1G) split the weekend series. The teams will meet in Columbus Feb. 24-25 to close their regular season series.
Michigan 5, Ohio State 4
The Buckeyes took a one-goal lead twice in the first period on goals from Nick Schlikey and Dakota Joshua, but the Wolverines answered each time. Michigan went ahead 3-2 with a goal at 18:59 of the opening stanza and extended the lead to 4-2 early in the second. The Buckeyes’ Mason Jobst answered with a power play goal at 10:15, but the Wolverines again extended the lead to two. Late in the period, John Wiitala tallied on the power play, making it a one-goal game entering the third. Jobst tied the game at 8:33 and Schilkey netted the gamewinner at 19:30. The Buckeye power play was 4-for-7 in the win.
Up Next – Buckeyes Host Minnesota
The Buckeyes return home for a Big Ten series vs. Minnesota Friday and Saturday, with puck drop at 8 p.m. each night in Value City Arena. The Friday game features a Valentine’s ticket package that includes a buy one, get one free ticket and $10 concessions credit (purchase HERE). The Friday game also includes a postgame skate; fans must bring their own skates. The Saturday game is the program’s annual Teddy Bear Toss and there will be a postgame meet and greet with select Buckeyes.
Quoting associate head coach Mark Strobel
“We showed a lot of resilience right up until the end of the game and had a no-quit attitude. We stuck together throughout the whole game and it paid off. We still feel like we can clean up some things in our game, but overall, getting a win at Michigan and needing a win to get back into the Big Ten race was essential for our psyche going into the Minnesota series.”
Quoting senior captain Nick Schilkey, who had two goals and an assist in the win
"Tonight was a good bounceback win. We showed a lot of character coming back throughout the game and it showed what kind of guys we have in the room. We have to build off the win and keep getting better going forward."
Quoting sophomore Mason Jobst, who had two goals and two assists in the victory
“Tonight was a big win for our team. Anytime you can go into Yost and come out with a win it’s a great feeling. I'm really proud of the guys for sticking with it all the way until the end.”
In the First …
The Buckeyes took a one-goal lead twice in the first but the Wolverines responded each time and UM scored late for a 3-2 lead after 20 minutes.
Nick Schilkey opened the scoring 5:32 into the game, one-timing a pass from Mason Jobst into the top corner on the power play. Gordi Myer also assisted on the goal, Schilkey’s 19th of the year. The Wolverines tied it with an unassisted goal at 9:01. At 12:08 Dakota Joshua put in the rebound of a David Gust shot for a 2-1 Buckeye lead, with Sasha Larocque also posting an assist.
The Wolverines scored the next two, with Sam Piazza tallying at 17:32 and Jake Slaker scoring on the power play at 18:59. Shots were 15-10 in favor of Michigan in the period.
In the Second …
The Wolverines scored at 6:51 of the second period to extend the lead to 4-2. At the far post, Mason Jobst redirected a shot on the power play at 10:15 to make it a one-goal game, with David Gust also assisting. Michigan responded with a goal at 15:32 to go ahead 5-3. With 2:11 left in the period John Wiitala deflected a pass from Matthew Weis right outside the crease for a 5-4 game. Tanner Laczynski had the second assist on the power play goal.
The teams combined for 26 shots in the period, with Ohio State ahead 14-12.
In the Third …
The Buckeyes tied the game at 8:33 of the third period. On a 5-on-3 power play, Nick Schilkey picked up the puck from Matthew Weis along the wall in the Buckeyes’ zone. On the rush, Mason Jobst got behind the defense and redirected a Schilkey pass past the Wolverine goalie one second after the two-man advantage expired.
The gamewinner came with 30 seconds left in regulation. Brendon Kearney won the battle along the back wall and the puck went to Jobst. He found Schilkey in the high slot and he blasted the puck into the net to put the Buckeyes ahead.
Ohio State outshot the Wolverines, 11-8, in the period.
Blocking the Puck
Each team had 35 shots in the game. Christian Frey started in goal for the Buckeyes and had 16 saves on 20 shots in 26:51. Matt Tomkins played the final 33:08 and had 14 saves, allowing one goal, for the win.
The Buckeyes were 4-for-7 on the power play in the game. The squad was 7-for-13 in the weekend series (.558). On the year, the Buckeyes lead the NCAA, converting 28.8 percent of their chances (32-of-111).
The Buckeye penalty kill was 1-for-2 against the Wolverines.
Jobst Extends Streak
Sophomore Mason Jobst extended his point streak to 12 games with two goals and two assists in the win, his second four-point game this season and third two-goal outing. During the streak he has 25 points, on nine goals and 16 assists. He leads the Buckeyes with 25 assists and 37 points, ranking eighth in the NCAA in points per game (1.42) and leads the Big Ten in points overall and in conference games only (7-13-20).
Schilkey Hits 20-Goal Mark
Senior Nick Schilkey scored three goals in the series and now has 20 tallies on the year. He is the first Buckeye to hit the 20-goal mark since All-American Ryan Dzingel ended the 2013-14 season with 22. Schilkey leads the NCAA with .91 goals per game, ranking third in goals, and is ninth in the NCAA in points per game (1.41). He had six points in the series with Michigan, with a 1-2-3 line in game one and 2-1-3 totals in game two. He is second nationally in shooting percentage, scoring on 30.3 percent of his shots.
Buckeye This and That
• Gordi Myer had the first two-point game of his Buckeye career. He had three assists in the series and has seven assists on the year.
• The Buckeyes’ four power play goals were the most since scoring four against Notre Dame Feb. 1, 2013.
• David Gust had two assists for the fourth time this season and fourth time in the last eight games. He has 12 goals, 15 assists and 27 points on the year.
• The Buckeyes are second nationally in scoring offense, averaging 4.08 goals per game.
• Junior Matthew Weis had a two-assist night and has a 7-15-22 scoring line this season. He has five multiple point games this season and a point in all but five games.