COLUMBUS, Ohio — Despite outshooting No. 6 Ohio State 32-27 and holding the Buckeyes to just five shots in the final period, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team fell, 4-0, in the series opener Friday night at Value City Arena.
After a mostly quiet opening frame for both teams, the Buckeyes (7-3-1, 2-1-0-0 B1G) notched two quick goals in the final minute of the first period to take a 2-0 lead heading into intermission.
Ohio State tacked on another goal early in the second period to make it a 3-0 game.
Upping the momentum in the final period, the Badgers (5-6-0-0, 1-2-0-0 B1G) fired 14 shots on Ohio State goaltender Sean Romeo, but could not capitalize.
Midway through the third frame, Buckeyes’ forward Brendon Kearney scored to cap a four-goal scoring run and put the game out of the Badgers’ reach.
Freshman goaltender Daniel Lebedeff made 15 saves before a collision with Buckeye forward Dakota Joshua in the second period sidelined him for the remainder of the game.
Junior netminder Jack Berry tallied eight saves in the relief effort.
Notes to Know:
- The Badgers were 3-for-5 on the penalty kill tonight. Wisconsin is now 37-for-52 (71.2) on the PK this season.
- Sophomore defenseman Wyatt Kalynuk led the Badgers in shots on goal with eight in tonight’s loss.
- Wisconsin is now 1-5-0 on Fridays this season. The Badgers have not won a game on Friday since its season-opening 3-0 win over then-No. 12 Boston College.
Straight from the Rink
Head Coach Tony Granato
On tonight’s performance:
“We played really well for 18 minutes. We stayed out of the box, and then they got a call, we got a penalty and, boom, the puck is in the net. We’re young. We played a team that’s very skilled and if you give them a couple of chances, they can bury the puck. I thought on 5-on-5, we played a really good game. We just didn’t generate enough offensively. But I liked the competition level from lots of our guys.”
The Badgers wrap up their series against the Buckeyes with a contest on Saturday. Puck drops at 4 p.m. (CT).