COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 14-ranked Ohio State men's hockey team is now 6-1-4 after skating to a 3-3 overtime tie with UConn in Value City Arena Saturday. The Buckeyes, who outshot UConn 49-17, scored three goals in a row to overcome a two-goal deficit and take the lead, but a UConn goal midway through the third tied the score and neither team was able to break the deadlock.
Ohio State 3, UConn 3 OT
The Buckeyes trailed 2-0 less than 10 minutes into the game on two UConn power play goals. Mason Jobst cut the lead in half at 12:11 of the first for a 2-1 lead for the Huskies at intermission. In the middle period, the Buckeyes outshot UConn, 25-2, but could get just one shot by the Huskies’ goalie for a 2-2 game after 40 minutes. Just 1:11 into the third David Gust put the Buckeyes ahead with a power play goal, but UConn tied the game at 10:20. Neither team was able to score the rest of the way. Ohio State outshot UConn 14-6 in the third and 2-1 in overtime. For the game, Ohio State put 49 shots on net, while UConn had 17. The Buckeyes blocked 25 UConn shot attempts, with the Huskies blocking 17. Each team had four power plays, with UConn scoring twice and the Buckeyes converting once.
The nonconference game is officially recorded as a tie. A shootout was held for exhibition purposes after the teams ended overtime tied at three. UConn won the shootout, 2-1, in five rounds.
Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik
On performance of UConn’s goalie, who had 46 saves
“That was one of the most amazing goalie performances I have seen in a long time. There were a lot of quality chances out there, but that’s why you play the game, that’s sports.”
On the 1-0-1 record for the weekend
“I am never satisfied; you walk away with a little sour taste. You’re playing a quality hockey team and it is very hard to sweep, it’s hard to beat a team twice and we found that out today.”
On the team’s ability to score goals
”I am very confident in our group, I think our group has a lot of confidence, but at the end of the day you can’t count on scoring six or seven goals every night to win games, you have to be able to win the 4-3, 2-1 games. When we need a goal to win the game we have to be able to go out and get that goal.”
Quoting Ohio State sophomore forward Mason Jobst
On the performance of the UConn goalie
“He was making saves and diving all over the place. It was definitely frustrating playing so well and not being able to find a way to win.”
Quoting Ohio State junior forward Matthew Weis
On the team’s performance this weekend
“I thought this week was our best week of practice we have had all year. I think all of the guys came to work and push each other so to come out 1-0-1 definitely left a sour taste in our mouth, we have to learn to cash in in these games.”
In the First …
For just the second time this season, Ohio State allowed the first goal. UConn opened the scoring at 2:30, with Tage Thompson taking advantage of a miscommunication between the Buckeyes. Thompson added his second goal of the game at 9:45 with a blast from the point.
Each team had eight shots in the period. UConn was 2-for-3 on the power play. The Huskies were assessed a major penalty with 53 seconds left in the period, putting Ohio State on a five minute power play.
In the Second …
Ohio State was unable to score during the carryover of the major power play but at 4:36, shortly after it expired, Nick Schilkey scored from inside the faceoff circle, marking his team-best 10th goal of the year. Juniors Matthew Weis and Luke Stork assisted on the tally, which tied the game at two.
The Buckeyes controlled play throughout the period and put a Value City Arena-record 25 shots on net, with UConn goalie Rob Nichols making an arena-record tying 24 saves. UConn had just two shots on net, with the first coming with 5:40 left in the period.
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In the Third …
Ohio State converted on the power play 1:11 into the third period, with David Gust scoring his fourth goal of the weekend and eighth of the year. He one-timed a pass from Mason Jobst, with sophomore Dakota Joshua also picking up an assist.
At 10:20 the Huskies tied the game when Brian Morgan’s shot from a sharp angle went off the far goal post and in.
Ohio State outshot UConn 14-6 in the period.
The Buckeyes were on the power play with 1:35 remaining but a penalty on Ohio State at the end of regulation put the teams 4-on-4 to start overtime and then gave UConn a power play in OT.
In Overtime …
After the 4-on-4 expired, the Buckeyes held UConn without a shot during its man advantage. A too many men on the ice call against UConn gave Ohio State a power play for the final 35 seconds, but it was unable to convert.
Shots were 2-1 in favor of Ohio State in the overtime.
Blocking the Puck
Ohio State outshot UConn, 49-17, in the game, its second game with 49 shots this year. It was the first time this season a Buckeye opponent had fewer than 20 shots on net.
Buckeye senior goalie Christian Frey had 14 saves in 64:41, while UConn’s Rob Nichols made 46 stops in 64:50.
The Buckeyes were 1-for-4 on the power play in the game and are now 12-for-53 (.226) on the year. UConn was 2-for-4, the fourth time this year Ohio State has allowed multiple power play goals.
On the Scoresheet
• Senior Nick Schilkey had a goal and an assist for two points, ending the weekend with five points in the series. He has a team-high 10 goals and is in the Top 10 nationally with .91 goals per game. He shares the team point lead with 15 points.
• Sophomore Mason Jobst had two points with a goal and an assist, his third multiple-point game this season. He has a 3-7-10 line on the year.
• Ohio State was held to less than four goals for just the second time in the last eight games. The team is in the Top 5 in the NCAA in scoring offense, averaging 4.55 goals a game.
• Dakota Joshua picked up an assist, his 11th helper this season to tie for first on the squad.
• Matthew Weis had an assist and shares the team lead with 15 points, with five goals and 10 assists. He had four assists in the series with UConn.
Ohio State will travel to Troy, N.Y., for two games with Rensselaer next weekend, with the teams meeting at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
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