DETROIT, Mich. -The No. 13-ranked Ohio State men's hockey team defeated Michigan State, 6-3, Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes held an early 2-0 lead but trailed 3-2 at the first intermission. Ohio State scored once in the second and then three times early in the third en route to the win.
The Buckeyes are now 21-10-6 overall this season. Ohio State, the No. 3 seed, will take on No. 2 seed Wisconsin at 4:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals. No. 1 seed Minnesota will face No. 4 Penn State in the second semifinal at 8 p.m. Friday. The championship game is set for 8 p.m. Saturday. BTN is television all tournament games.
The Buckeyes and Badgers split their regular season series. Wisconsin posted a win in Columbus Jan. 26 and a victory in Madison Square Garden Jan. 28 before Ohio State swept two games last weekend in Madison, Wis., to close the regular season.
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Ohio State 6, Michigan State 3
The Buckeyes led 2-0 less than six minutes into the game on goals from Mason Jobst and Nick Schilkey, but the Spartans answered with the next three for a 3-2 lead after the opening period. Ohio State did not allow a goal the rest of the way, tying the game on a Brendon Kearney goal at 13:54 of the second. The Buckeyes scored three times in the first 3:51 of the third period, with two goals from David Gust and a tally by Tanner Laczynski, to pull away. Buckeye senior goalie Matt Tomkins had 26 saves in the game.
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In the First ...
Ohio State took a 2-0 lead less than six minutes into the game, but the Spartans scored the next three for a 3-2 lead after the opening period.
Leading scorer Mason Jobst opened the scoring at 4:09, taking a lead-out pass from Nick Schilkey and coming up the wing, putting the puck high. Tommy Parran had the second assist on the tally, Jobst's 19th of the year. At 5:44 Schilkey scored a goal of his own, one-timing a pass from Jobst for his 27th goal of the year. Matthew Weis had the second assist on the goal, which came on the Buckeyes' first power play goal of the night.
The Spartans scored three times in 5:22 to take the lead. Villiam Haag scored after a turnover in the Ohio State zone at 8:58, Dylan Pavelek tallied at 12:16 and Sam Saliba converted on the power play at 14:20.
Ohio State outshot Michigan State, 11-10, in the period.
In the Second ...
The Spartans maintained their one-goal edge until the 14:20 mark. Before the goal, the Buckeyes were able to maintain pressure in the MSU zone. Drew Brevig threw the puck down low and it went from Christian Lampasso to Brendon Kearney, who scored from the high slot to tie the game at three. Buckeye goalie Matt Tomkins stopped all 12 Michigan State shots in the period and the Buckeyes put eight shots on net.
In the Third ...
Ohio State tallied three times in the first 3:51 of the third period. David Gust scored on a carry over power play just 25 seconds into the period, converting on a rebound that came out to the front of the net. Mason Jobst had the only assist on the tally. Gust scored his second of the night 1:13 later, taking a pass from Janik Moser and converting on the rush. Freshman Tanner Laczynski scored at 3:51, putting in the rebound of a Tommy Parran shot, with Matthew Weis also assisting.
Ohio State had 15 shots on goal in the period and Matt Tomkins stopped all seven Spartan attempts.
Blocking the Puck
The Buckeyes outshot the Spartans, 34-29. Matt Tomkins made 26 saves for the Buckeyes in all 60 minutes, including stopping all 19 shots he faced in the second and third periods. He is now 12-3-3 this year, tying for sixth nationally with a .750 winning percentage.
MSU starter Ed Minney had 21 saves in the first 43:51, allowing six goals. He was replaced by John Lethemon, who stopped the seven shots he faced.
The Buckeyes were 2-for-3 on the power play in the win. On the year, the Buckeyes are 48-for-149 on the power play, converting an NCAA-best 32.2 percent of their chances.
Ohio State's penalty kill was 2-for-3 in the game.
On the Scoresheet
Mason Jobst had three points in the win, moving his total to a Big Ten best 54 points this season. It is the most points for a Buckeye since RJ Umberger had 53 in 2003. Since 1998, Jobst's point total is behind only the 58 Hugo Boisvert posted that season. Jobst leads the NCAA with 1.73 points per game since Dec. 28 and ranks seventh overall this year with 1.46 points a game.
Jobst also has 35 assists this season, the most since Tom Fritsche had 34 in 2005. The last Buckeye with 35 assists was Boisvert in 1998.
Schilkey's goal was his 27th this season, passing RJ Umberger (2003) and Eric Meloche (1998) for the most goals since 1997. He added an assist and now has a career-high tying 41 points on the season.
David Gust had his third career multiple point game. He had a hat trick Nov. 11 vs. UConn and scored three goals March 11, 2016 at Michigan State. He has an 18-23-41 line on the year, marking career highs for goals and points.
Tommy Parran had his fourth career two-assist game and second of the season. He has a 4-6-10 line this season.
Luke Stork played in his 100th game as a Buckeye.
Ohio State is second nationally in scoring offense, averaging 4.05 goals a game.
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