No. 13 Ohio State Falls to Badgers in B1G Tourney Semifinals, 2-1
March 17, 2017

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DETROIT, Mich. – The No. 13-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to No. 18 Wisconsin, 2-1, in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament Saturday in Joe Louis Arena. The No. 2 seed Badgers advance to the tournament championship game.

The Buckeyes, who had a four-game winning streak end, are now 21-11-6 on the year. The squad awaits a possible bid to the NCAA Tournament; the 16-team field will be announced at noon Sunday on ESPNU.

The Badgers led 1-0 after the first period, opening the scoring at 17:18 of the game when Luke Kunin tallied on a rebound. Shots were 8-6 in favor of Wisconsin in the period.

At 13:48 of the second the Buckeyes converted their first power play chance of the night to tie the game at one. Mason Jobst won a faceoff in the Badger zone to give the Buckeyes possession. Josh Healey collected the puck and passed to Jobst. He found Dakota Joshua down low and he drove to the net, going backhand to forehand and scoring his 11th goal of the year. Ohio State was outshot, 14-7, in the period, and held the Badgers scoreless on two power play chances.

Just 1:30 into the third the Badgers’ Will Johnson put Wisconsin back ahead. Ohio State had pressure for much of the third, including a power play at 6:33, and outshot Wisconsin 11-4, but could not find the back of the net. A major penalty on the Buckeyes with 2:28 put the Badgers on the power play for the end of regulation. The Buckeyes stopped the Badgers on two power play chances in the period.

Blocking the Puck
For the game, the Badgers outshot the Buckeyes, 26-24. Buckeye senior goalie Matt Tomkins made 24 saves in 59:43. The Buckeyes blocked 23 Wisconsin shot attempts, led by Sasha Larocque and Josh Healey with five each and Janik Moser, Matt Joyaux and Matt Miller with three each.

Special Teams
Ohio State was 1-for-2 on the power play in the game. On the year, the Buckeyes are 49-for-151 on the power play, converting an NCAA-best 32.5 percent of their chances.

Ohio State’s penalty kill was 4-for-4 in the game.

On the Scoresheet
Jobst extended his point streak to six games, with five goals and eight assists for 13 points in the stretch. He has a team-high and Big Ten best 55 points on the year. He notched his 36th assist of the season, the most for a Buckeye since Dave Smith had 41 in 1991-92. Joshua’s goal was his 12th of the year, extending his career high. He has a 12-22-34 line on the year.