Feb. 14, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team extended its unbeaten streak to six games with a 2-1 victory over No. 8-ranked Wisconsin Friday in Value City Arena. Ohio State used first-period goals from Tyler Lundey and Darik Angeli, along with two assists from Nick Oddo and 29 saves from goalie Christian Frey, en route to the win. The Buckeyes, now 15-9-3 overall and 5-5-3-2 in the Big Ten, and Badgers (16-9-2, 7-5-1-0 B1G) will close the series at 8 p.m. Saturday in VCA, live on NBCSN.
The Buckeyes led 2-0 after the first period. Just 2:08 into the game Oddo found Lundey outside the crease and he was able to score for a 1-0 Buckeye advantage, with Justin DaSilva picking up the second assist. At 14:25, hard work down low by the line of Angeli, Oddo and Lundey led to another goal, with an Oddo shot deflecting off Lundey and then in off Angeli’s shinpad. Ohio State outshot the Badgers, 14-6, in the period, and held UW scoreless on one power play chance.
Neither team scored in the second period. Frey had 11 saves for Ohio State, while Wisconsin’s Joel Rumpel made nine stops. The Buckeyes had three power play chances in the stanza and held Wisconsin scoreless on one opportunity.
Wisconsin made it a 2-1 game at 3:42 of the third period when Michael Mersch scored soon after a Badger faceoff win in the Buckeye zone. UW pulled Rumpel late for the extra attacker but Ohio State held the Badgers off the scoreboard to close out the win. Frey stopped 12 shots in the third period and Ohio State had seven shots on the UW net. Each team had one power play chance.
Each squad had 30 shots in the game. Frey played all 60 minutes and had 29 stops, moving to 6-1-2 on the year, with a 1.99 goals-against average and .938 save percentage, ranking in the Top 7 in the NCAA in both gaa and sv%. Rumpel played 58:56 and had 28 saves for Wisconsin. Ohio State and Frey have allowed two or fewer goals in each of the last six games.
Neither team was able to score on the power play – Ohio State was 0-for-4 and Wisconsin was 0-for-3.
Lundey had the third two-point day of his career and second this season, after a goal and an assist vs. Minnesota Duluth Nov. 2. Oddo had his fourth multiple-assist game of the year. He is tied for third on the team with a career-high 24 points, including 17 assists to rank third on the squad. Junior leading scorer Ryan Dzingel (17g, 20a, 37p) marked the 100th game of his Buckeye career and is fourth among current Buckeyes in games played.
Ohio State Postgame Quotes
Steve Rohlik, Ohio State Head Coach
On the game tonight
“I’m really happy with the way it ended. We all wanted that last one [goal], but you’re playing a very good hockey team. We made that first goal and it was just all defense from there.”
On the penalty kill
“We talked about momentum on the bench. It wasn’t our power play tonight that gave us the momentum it was our penalty kill. I don’t think many people would necessarily expect that.”
On freshman goalie Christian Frey
“I sound like a broken record right now. He’s been very good. He not only makes the saves like he is supposed to but he makes some spectacular ones as well.”
On being aggressive on offense
“We just have to keep it going. We are not trying to sit back really. We need to be aware of what we’re doing out there. If we turn it over they can get out in transition, which can lead to the puck ending up in the back of our net.”