After taking a 1-0 lead into the third period, Minnesota lost the series finale versus Ohio State in a shootout.
The game will go as a 2-2 tie nationally, but the night’s scoring started in the first period when Minnesota’s Kyle Rau tallied his tenth goal of the year on the power play at 2:32. The goal, coming off a Sam Jardine interference call against Ohio State, was assisted by Mike Reilly and Travis Boyd.
After only two more Minnesota penalties 12:03 apart ended the first twenty minutes, shots on goal were even at ten apiece. Ohio State was 0-2 on power plays while Minnesota was 1-1.
The second period saw no scoring of any kind, but two penalties were called with one per side. Ohio State’s David Gust got a penalty for boarding at 10:37, and at 13:01, Minnesota’s Michael Brodzinski served a roughing minor. Neither team would score on their respective power play and the game sat dormant at 1-0 Minnesota through forty minutes.
The first goal of a three-goal third period saw Ohio State’s Ryan Dzingel tally a power play marker at 2:31 to tie the hockey game at one. It stemmed off a boarding call to Minnesota’s Mike Reilly. Dzingel’s eighteenth goal of the season saw assists from Max McCormick (his seventeenth) and Drew Brevig (his twelfth). Twenty four seconds later, at 2:55, Minnesota’s Gabe Guertler scored his second goal of the year with assists by Ben Marshall and Vinni Lettieri The goal came on even strength.
Ohio State tied the game at two at 16:10 when Nick Schilkey notched his eleventh goal of the season on even strength. Schilkey had assists from Ryan Dzingel and Nick Oddo. No goals were scored in overtime, so we went to a shootout to decide the extra point in the Big Ten standings. Shots through sixty-five minutes favored Ohio State 43-32, and the Buckeyes finished 1-5 on power plays. Minnesota was about 5% better, at 1-4.
Nick Schilkey scored on Ohio State’s first shootout attempt, and that ended up being your game winner as Ohio State defeated the Gophers, who were unable to find the net in three tries. A complete wrap up can be found via box score by clicking here.
The Gophers head to Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, MI to take on the Michigan Wolverines to close out the regular season.
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