#12 OSU hockey beats Michigan, 4-2

(Courtesy: MGN)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 12-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team defeated Michigan, 4-2, Friday in Value City Arena, improving to 17-8-6 overall this season and 8-6-1-1 in Big Ten play.

The Buckeyes scored on the power play in the final 10 seconds of the first and second periods for the victory. In the win, Kevin Miller scored twice for the Buckeyes, Dakota Joshua had three assists, David Gust (1g, 1a) and Mason Jobst (2a) each had two points and Nick Schilkey notched his 24th goal of the year.

The Buckeyes and Wolverines will close their regular season series at 5 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.

Michigan opened the scoring at 12:12 of the first period. The Buckeyes tied the game with a power play goal with less than a second left in the opening stanza on a David Gust score. Kevin Miller scored back-to-back goals at 2:41 and 9:50 of the second to extend the advantage to 3-1. Michigan drew within one at 15:06 with a power play tally, but the Buckeyes again had a late power play goal, with Nick Schilkey scoring with seven seconds left in the middle period, for a 4-2 lead. Neither team scored in the third. Buckeye senior goalie Christian Frey had 14 of his 32 saves in the final stanza, while the Buckeye penalty killed four straight minutes of a UM power play to maintain the lead.

In the First …

At 12:12 Michigan’s Evan Allen opened the scoring, as he scored on the rush off a pass from Nolan De Jong. The Buckeyes tied the game with less than a second remaining in the period. With Ohio State on the power play, a shot from Dakota Joshua was saved, but the rebound came to David Gust and he was able to backhand a shot in before the buzzer for his 13th goal of the year. Mason Jobst also assisted on the tally, which tied the game at one.

Ohio State had 20 shots in the period, with UM putting 11 on net.

In the Second …

At 2:41 Buckeye freshman Matt Miller made a play along the wall and the puck came to Kevin Miller, whose shot beat the Wolverines’ goalie for Ohio State’s first lead of the night. At 9:20 the Buckeyes had a goal overturned for contact with the goalie. Just 30 seconds later the Buckeyes put a goal on the board for a 3-1 lead. Dakota Joshua carried the puck into the zone and threw it toward the net, where it redirected off Kevin Miller and in. David Gust also assisted on the tally.

Michigan ended the three-goal Buckeye run when Evan Allen scored on the power play at 15:06. The Buckeyes went on the power play with 14 seconds left in the period and seven seconds later Ohio State converted. Joshua put a shot on net and Nick Schilkey got to the rebound in front for his 24th goal of the year. Mason Jobst also assisted on the tally, which came at 19:53.

Ohio State outshot the Wolverines, 14-9, in the period.

In the Third …

Neither team scored in the third period, with Michigan outshooting the Buckeyes, 14-12. Ohio State was unsuccessful on two power play chances in the period. At 13:02 two minor penalties were called on the same Buckeye, putting the Wolverines on back-to-back power plays. The Buckeyes allowed just three shots during the four minutes of power play time.

Blocking the Puck

The Buckeyes outshot the Wolverines, 46-34, the second-highest shot total for the Buckeyes this season. Senior goalie Christian Frey made 32 saves in the Buckeye net in all 60 minutes. The Wolverines’ Jack LaFontaine had 42 stops in 59:07.

Special Teams

The Buckeyes were 2-for-5 on the power play in the game. The squad leads the NCAA on the power play at 30 percent (39-for-130).

The Buckeye penalty kill was 3-for-4 in the game.

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