Nov. 29, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - In its inaugural Big Ten Conference game, the Ohio State men's hockey team lost to No. 3-ranked Michigan, 4-3, in overtime Friday in Yost Ice Arena. The Buckeyes fought back from a one-goal deficit three times, but the Wolverines' Andrew Copp netted the gamewinner with 1:22 left in the overtime period to give Michigan the win.
"Our kids emptied the tank, we played hard and there were some chances on both sides," Steve Rohlik, Ohio State head coach, said. "We just came out on the short end. You always have to learn from things and we're going to learn from this and get better."
The Buckeyes, who had a five-game winning streak ended, are now 8-5 overall (0-1-0-0 B1G) and 8-2 in their last 10 games. Michigan improves to 9-2-1 (1-0-0-0 B1G). The teams will close the series at 7:05 p.m. Monday in Value City Arena.
The teams were tied at one after the first and the Wolverines led 3-2 after the second. Ohio State tied the game at 3 with 3:13 left in regulation but Michigan converted in overtime for the victory. In the game, Buckeye freshman goalie Logan Davis had a career-high 34 saves, including a save on a second-period penalty shot. Ohio State was 2-for-2 on the power play with goals from juniors Ryan Dzingel and Max McCormick, with sophomore Anthony Greco scoring late in the third to tie the game. Junior Tanner Fritz and senior Alex Szczechuraeach had two assists vs. the Wolverines.
In the first period, Michigan scored on a wraparound, backhand shot 2:51 into the stanza to open the scoring. Ohio State tied the game at 15:46 when Dzingel's shot from the faceoff circle got through, assisted by Max McCormick. Shots were 13-9 in favor of Ohio State in the period.
The Wolverines scored a late goal in the second period to lead 3-2 after 40 minutes. At 6:41 Michigan's JT Compher scored on the power play for a 2-1 Wolverine leads. Davis kept it a one-goal game (2-1), stopping Evan Allen on a penalty shot at 8:55. McCormick netted the Buckeyes' second power-play goal of the night, putting a Szczechura pass five-hole, to tie the game at 2 at 14:26. Fritz also assisted on the tally, which came at 14:26. Near the end of the period, Compher won a faceoff deep in the Buckeye zone and the puck went to Alex Guptill, who put a shot in the top corner for a 3-2 Michigan advantage. Ohio State was outshot, 17-11, in the period.
The Buckeyes trailed 3-2 through much of the third until Fritz forced a turnover in the Wolverine zone. He found Greco in front of the net and he one-timed it to tie the game at three with 3:13 left in regulation. Davis stopped all 10 shots he faced in the stanza, with Ohio State putting eight shots on net.
In overtime, Ohio State was able to get three shots on net but Copp scored on a breakaway for the UM victory. Michigan had two shots in the overtime period.
Ohio State was outshot, 38-35, in the game. Davis played 63:38 and had 34 saves. He was the first Buckeye goalie to face a penalty shot since Cal Heetermade a save vs. Miami Feb. 25, 2012. Michigan's Zach Nagelvoort had 32 stops in 63:38 to pick up the win.
Ohio State was 2-for-2 on the power play. Michigan was 1-for-4, the first power play goal allowed by the Buckeyes in 27 chances.
Dzingel and McCormick lead Ohio State with 15 points each, with Dzingel scoring a team-best eight goals, followed by McCormick with six. Fritz is first on the squad with 11 assists and fourth with 12 points. Szczechura is third with 14 points and second with 10 helpers.
Dzingel extended his goal and point streaks to six (7g, 1a, 8p). Fritz has two assists in each of his last two games and in four of the last five outings. McCormick has a point in all but three games this year, with four multiple-point outings. Szczechura has a point in five of the last six games and has two or more assists in three games this season.
Ohio State is averaging 3.54 goals a game to rank in the Top 10 nationally. The team has three or more goals in all but two games this season.