No. 15 Buckeyes Post 4-1 Win at Michigan State
Nine Buckeyes post a point, Dobeš makes 31 saves
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 15 Ohio State men’s hockey team defeated Michigan State 4-1 Friday in game one of a Big Ten series between the teams. Michigan State scored the first goal but the Buckeyes tied the game before the end of the first. Ohio State killed seven minutes of power play time, including a major, in the second and then took the lead late in the middle stanza. The Buckeyes added two goals in the third for the 4-1 final.
The Buckeyes are now 17-7-1 on the year and 9-4-1-0-1-1 in the Big Ten. Michigan State is 11-13-1 and 5-10-0-1-0-0 in league play. The teams will close the regular season and weekend series at 6 p.m. Saturday in East Lansing. The game will be on B1G Plus and Ohio State Radio.
The Short Story
Michigan State opened the scoring at 6:20 of the first. The Buckeyes tied the game at 16:51, as Mason Lohrei sent Tate Singleton in on a breakaway and he scored top shelf. The Buckeyes controlled play in the first, outshooting MSU 16-3. In the first half of the second period Ohio State killed seven minutes of penalties, with a minor at 4:11 and major at 6:27, allowing five shots on goal on the two chances combined. Cam Thiesing broke the tie at 16:43, one-timing a pass from Georgii Merkulov when he was all alone in front. In the third Joe Dunlap and Eric Cooley combined for a goal at 7:09 and Grant Gabriele sealed the win with an empty netter at 18:51. The Buckeyes ended the game ahead in shots, 39-32 and Jakub Dobeš had 31 saves for the Buckeyes, along with an assist. The Buckeyes were 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 0-for-4 on the power play in the win.
Quoting head coach Steve Rohlik
“We got off to a good start. I thought we were playing well, even though we were down 1-0. The kill on the major in the second period was huge and the story of the game. We got a couple key goals after that to propel us to the win. We played a pretty solid game overall.”