Feb. 28, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men’s hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie at No. 13 Michigan and then won the shootout, 1-0, to pick up the extra point in the Big Ten standings Friday in Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich. Buckeye freshman goalie Matt Tomkins made 35 saves in the game, while senior Alex Szczechura scored in regulation and had the lone shootout tally.
The Buckeyes (15-10-4, 5-6-4-3 B1G) and Wolverines (15-10-4, 7-6-2-1 B1G) will close the regular season series at 1 p.m. Sunday in Nationwide Arena in Columbus. A parking map for spaces around the arena that will be $5 per game beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday for fans attending the Ohio State vs. Michigan game is available HERE. Tickets can be purchased online through Ticketmaster before the game or will be available at the box office on gameday. Ohio State students will be admitted free with BuckID.
The Buckeyes took a 1-0 lead 4:26 into the game when junior Chad Niddery found freshman Nick Schilkey at the far post and he was able to gather the puck and score on a backhand, marking his 10th goal and 20th point of the season. With 29 seconds left in the period Michigan’s’ Alex Guptill scored to tie the game at 1. Shots were 7-5 in favor of Michigan in the period. Michigan had two power plays in the stanza and Ohio State had one opportunity.
Szczechura scored the lone goal of the second period, tallying exactly midway through. With Ohio State on the power play, senior Curtis Gedig got the puck to sophomore Sam Jardine. His shot was saved, but Szczechura was there to put the rebound home at, netting his eighth goal of the season. Michigan outshot Ohio State, 13-10, in the period. The Buckeyes converted their lone power play chance and held Michigan scoreless on two opportunities.
In the third, Michigan’s Guptill tied the game. His first shot hit the post, but he was able to score on the rebound at 14:44 to deadlock the score at 2. Tomkins stopped 16 shots in the period, as Michigan outshot Ohio State, 17-10. Ohio State had a power play with less than four minutes remaining, but was unable to convert. The Buckeyes held Michigan scoreless on two power play chances.
In overtime, each team had chances, but neither was able to net the gamewinner. Michigan goalie Zach Nagelvoort made one save, while a Wolverine attempt hit the post.
In the shootout, neither team scored in the first round. After Michigan was unable to score in round two, Szczechura tallied for the Buckeyes. Tomkins did not allow a goal in round three to secure the shootout win. Ohio State is 3-1 in shootouts this season and has won the last three.
The Wolverines outshot the Buckeyes, 37-26, in the game. Tomkins played all 65 minutes and had 35 saves. Michigan’s Nagelvoort made 24 saves in 64:49.
The Buckeyes converted 1-of-3 power play chances and held the Wolverines scoreless on all six chances, the second 6-for-6 PK performance this year.
Ohio State blocked 13 Wolverine attempts in the game, led by junior Justin DaSilva and Gedig with three each.