No. 8 Buckeyes Roll to 7-2 Win at No. 6 Michigan
Ohio State moves winning streak to six, improves to 15-7-1 on the year
COLUMBUS, Ohio – With a five-goal second period, the No. 8 Ohio State men’s hockey team went on to post a 7-2 win at No. 6 Michigan Friday in Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich. Ohio State has now won six games in a row and is 15-7-1 on the year and 8-5-0-0-0-0 in Big Ten play. The Wolverines are 12-8-1, with a 4-7-0-1-1-0 B1G ledger.
The teams will close the weekend series at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich., with the game televised by BTN and on Ohio State Radio.
The Short Story
Both teams tallied on the power play in the first period, with the Wolverines opening the scoring. Ohio State scored four in a row in the second to push the lead to 5-1. Michigan stopped the Buckeye five-goal run with a goal at 17:31, but Ohio State tallied shorthanded on a major in the final minute of the period to carry a 6-2 lead into the second intermission. The only goal in the third was on the power play for the Buckeyes. Ohio State was 4-for-8 on the power play and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill in the win.
Three Buckeyes had three points – Travis Treloar had two goals and an assist, Stephen Halliday had a goal and two helpers and Tate Singleton picked up three assists. Cole McWard and Michael Gildon each had two assists and points. In all, 13 Buckeyes had at least one point in the game. The Buckeyes outshot the Wolverines, 52-21, including 45-16 over the first 40 minutes.
Quoting head coach Steve Rohlik
“We played a good team game. Our special teams made the difference tonight. We will keep looking to improve and play a 60-minute game. We know they’ll be better tomorrow and we will need to be better tomorrow as well.”
Quoting junior forward Patrick Guzzo
“I thought collectively as a team we played a complete 60-minute game. Both our power play and penalty kill did what they were supposed to do. We will come out the same way again tomorrow and play hard on both sides of the puck and look to come home with a sweep.”
The Short Story
- Michigan’s Dylan Duke scored at 11:42 on the Wolverines’ first power play of the night to open the scoring.
- Ohio State answered with its own power play goal, as Michael Gildon found Travis Treloar at the far post for his sixth goal of the season. Stephen Halliday assisted on the tally, which came at 16:16.
- The teams went into intermission tied at one. Ohio State put a season-high 23 shots on goal in the first period, allowing seven.
- Matt Cassidy put in a loose puck in front of the net at 6:21 to give the Buckeyes the lead. Joe Dunlap and Scooter Brickey had the assists on the goal, Cassidy’s second of the year.
- Freshman defenseman Tyler Duke notched his second of the season at 9:32, one-timing a pass from Davis Burnside from above the faceoff circle. Singleton had the second assist.
- Jake Wise got on the scoresheet at 15:33, converting a Treloar pass on the power play. Gildon also assisted on the goal, Wise’s eighth of the year.
- Treloar notched his second of the night, both on the power play, at 17:23, scoring from the high slot. Halliday and Mason Lohrei set up the play.
- Michigan answered just eight second later on Dylan Duke’s second of the game for a 5-2 contest.
- Ohio State was assessed a major penalty with 52 seconds left in the second period. Seven seconds into the power play, however, the Buckeyes scored. Cole McWard led Singleton out of the Buckeye zone and he found Patrick Guzzo alone in the lane for his eighth goal of the season.
- The Buckeyes had the first 13 shots in the period and ended the stanza with the advantage, 22-9.
- The lone goal of the third came from Halliday at 9:51. As Ohio State was starting a power play after 4-on-4 action, Halliday and Singleton had a 2-on-0 into the Wolverine zone and Halliday converted. Singleton and Cole McWard, who made the play in the defensive zone to start the rush, had the helpers.
- Shots were 7-5 in favor of Ohio State in the third.
- For the game, the Buckeyes outshot the Wolverines, 52-21. Jakub Dobes had 19 saves in all 60 minutes for Ohio State. McWard had six of the Buckeyes’ 10 shot blocks in the victory.
- Ohio State scored four times on eight power play chances and the penalty kill was 1-for-5, including stopping the major.
Buckeye This and That
- The Buckeyes scored four power play goals for the first time since Oct. 25, 2019 at Mercyhurst. The squad is 24-for-102 (.235) this season.
- Ohio State is averaging 3.78 goals a game and has four-plus goals in five of the last six outings.
- The Buckeyes last scored five goals in a period Feb. 23, 2018 vs. Wisconsin.
- In the last six games, the Buckeyes are averaging 5.67 goals a game, allowing 2.0 a night. Halliday has a 3-8-11 line in the stretch, while Dunlap (7g, 3a) and Singleton (3g, 7a) each have 10 points. Dobes has a 1.59 goals-against average and .945 save percentage in the six games combined.
- The seven goals were the most for the Buckeyes against Michigan since a 7-4 road win March 5, 2016.
- Halliday leads the Buckeyes with 24 points, ranking second with 17 assists. It was his fourth three-point game in the Scarlet and Gray and his fourth game with multiple assists.
- Dunlap had his goal-scoring streak end at five but extended his point streak to six. He has a 10-7-17 line this year.
- The Buckeyes lead the NCAA with nine shorthanded goals, the most since the 2006-07 squad had eight. The squad is 84-for-93 on the penalty kill (.903), among the NCAA leaders.
- Treloar marked his fifth career two-goal game and his second this season. He has seven goals, with six on the power play. It was his 13th career multiple-point game and second with more than two points.
- Singleton now has three three-assist and five three-point outings, including two in the last four games. He has a 5-13-18 line this year, marking career highs in assists and points.
- McWard has four two-assist games as a Buckeye and five two-point nights.
- Gildon had his second career two-assist game and first since Jan. 29, 2022 at Penn State. He has three two-point outings and a career-high 10 assists and 13 points this year.