March 7, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to No. 1-ranked Minnesota, 5-1, Friday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes (15-12-4, 5-8-4-3 B1G) and Gophers (24-4-5, 13-2-2-0 B1G) will close the series at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in VCA in a game televised by ESPNEWS. The four members of the Buckeye senior class – Curtis Gedig, Alex Lippincott, Travis Statchuk and Alex Szczechura – will be honored pregame.
Minnesota led 2-0 after the first period on a goal from Justin Kloos at 2:03 and a power play tally by Kyle Rau at 16:05. Ohio State outshot the Gophers, 13-9, in the period, with each team having one power play chance.
The teams traded goals in a 36-second span midway through the second period for a 3-1 game. Minnesota’s Taylor Cammarata scored from the faceoff circle on the power play at 10:14. On the next shift, sophomore Anthony Greco led junior Max McCormick up the ice. His shot was saved, but junior Tanner Fritz, playing in his 100th career game, was there for the rebound at 10:50. Minnesota then scored twice in 21 seconds, with Connor Reilly tallying at 13:01 and Vinni Lettieri scoring at 13:22, for a 5-1 Gopher advantage after 40 minutes. Shots were 15-8 in favor of the Gophers in the period and Minnesota had the only two power play chances of the period.
Neither team scored in the third period, with Ohio State outshooting Minnesota, 10-9. Ohio State was unsuccessful on two power play chances and held the Gophers scoreless on one opportunity.
Buckeye freshman goalie Christian Frey started the game and played the first 33:01, making 16 saves on 20 shots and taking the loss. Classmate Matt Tomkins came on in relief and played the last 26:59, allowing one goal and making 12 saves.
Minnesota was 2-for-4 on the power play and Ohio State was scoreless on three chances with the man advantage.
Ohio State blocked 14 shots in the game, led by junior Justin DaSilva with six blocks. He leads the NCAA with 2.75 blocks per game.
Mason Jobst - All-American