March 8, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - On Senior Night in Value City Arena, the Ohio State men's hockey team came from a goal down twice to tie No. 1-ranked Minnesota, 2-2, in overtime. The Buckeyes (15-12-5, 5-8-5-4) then prevailed in the shootout, 1-0 in three rounds, to pick up the extra point in the Big Ten standings.
An early goal from Minnesota (24-4-6, 13-2-3-0) in the first period stood until 2:31 of the third period when Ryan Dzingel scored on the power play to tie the game at 1. The Gophers responded just 22 seconds later for a 2-1 lead at 2:55. With 3:50 left in regulation, freshman Nick Schilkey tied the game at 2-all, putting in the rebound of a Dzingel shot. The teams combined for nine shots on goal in overtime, but the goalies stood tall and the game went to a shootout. Schilkey scored the lone Buckeye goal in the second round and freshman Christian Frey, who had 30 stops in regulation and overtime, made a save in all three rounds for the shootout victory.
The Gophers scored just 2:32 into the game, converting their first power play chance. Each team had 10 shots on goal in the period. Ohio State was unable to score on two power play chances.
The teams combined for 28 shots in the second period, with Minnesota outshooting the Buckeyes, 15-13, but neither could find the back of the net. Each squad had one power play opportunity in the period.
In the third, Dzingel took a pass from junior Max McCormick and scored from the right faceoff circle to tie the game at 1-all at 2:32. Freshman defenseman Drew Brevig had the second assist on the power play tally. Just 24 seconds later Gabe Guertler tipped a Ben Marshall shot to put the Gophers back ahead, 2-1, at 2:55. Late in the period, junior Nick Oddo got the puck to Dzingel. His shot was saved, but Schilkey was there for the rebound and he tied the game at 16:10. Ohio State controlled play in the period and outshot the Gophers, 15-3. Each team had two power play chances in the stanza.
Each squad had chances in overtime, with Frey stopping four Minnesota shots and Ohio State putting five shots on the Gopher net. The teams each earned a point in the Big Ten standings after the tie.
To determine the extra point in the standings, the squads went to a shootout. Frey made a save on Kyle Rau to open the shootout and Schilkey scored on his chance. Neither team was able to score in round two and Frey stopped Guertler in the third round to preserve the Buckeyes' shootout victory.
Ohio State outshot Minnesota, 43-32, in the game. Frey played all 65 minutes and had 30 saves. Adam Wilcox made 41 saves in the Gopher net. Each team had one power play goal. Ohio State was 1-for-5 and Minnesota was 1-for-4.
Ohio State blocked 14 shots in the game, led by freshman Drew Bevig and junior Darik Angeli with three each.
• The four members of the Buckeye senior class - Curtis Gedig, Alex Lippincott, Travis Statchuk and Alex Szczechura - were honored pregame.
• Ohio State is 4-1 in shootouts this season, winning the last four (which all came after 2-2 overtime ties).
• Dzingel leads the Buckeyes and the Big Ten with 18 goals, 22 assists and 40 points this season.
• McCormick now has 17 assists and 27 points on the year, while Oddo has 18 helpers to rank third on the team and is fourth with 25 points.
• Schilkey is tied with McCormick for second on the team with 11 goals this season and leads the Buckeye freshmen with 21 points.
• Brevig now has 14 points this year to lead the Buckeye blueliners.
• The Buckeyes close the regular season with two games at Penn State next weekend. The teams will meet at 7 p.m. Friday and at 3 p.m. Saturday in State College.
Ohio State Postgame Quotes
Steve Rohlik, Ohio State head coach
On the third period
"It was the best period of the year for sure, especially against the best team in the country. It was exciting as a coach to sit back and basically just say `next line up.' We took a big step tonight and we've got to build on that. I think we haven't seen the best of our team yet. If we can go out and play 60 minutes the way we did in the third period and overtime we're a pretty good hockey team."
Curtis Gedig, senior defenseman
On the freshmen stepping up
"They are amazing. They were all thanking us for the four years we put in. Schilkey had a nice goal in the shootout. After the win when Frey had big saves he came up to me and said `that's for [you]'. It's huge and shows a lot of character."
Ryan Dzingel, junior forward
On sending the seniors out with a shootout win over No.1 Minnesota
"We knew that it was going to be a battle coming in and these four guys mean so much to our program, so obviously we wanted to send them off with a huge weekend. I think we definitely did that tonight."
Buckeyes vs. Gophers - Game Two