Gophers Rallied to Tie OSU
MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) – The No. 10/9 Gopher Hockey program closed out the regular-season home schedule with a 1-1 overtime tie against No. 6 Ohio State on Saturday afternoon, moving to within a point of clinching home ice for the first round of the upcoming Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes claimed the conference bonus point by taking the eight-round shootout by a 2-1 advantage.
Minnesota (19-13-2 overall, 10-10-2-1 Big Ten) is now unbeaten in the last four games (3-0-1) and is now 6-1-1 in the last eight contests. With the team saluting it senior class today, the Maroon & Gold also are unbeaten in the last 10 regular-season home finales (8-0-2).
In goal for the Gophers, Mat Robson matched his single-game career high with 38 saves in the series finale while facing 39 shots in the game. The sophomore moved to 7-2-1 on the year and has now allowed two goals or fewer in nine of his 11 appearances this season.
A night after falling to the Gophers by a 2-1 margin, Ohio State (20-8-4, 12-8-2-1) jumped out to a first period lead when Mason Jobst scored with 34 seconds left in the second period. The strike was the only official blemish on the night against Robson, who went on to stop six of the eight attempts he faced in the shootout.
The Maroon & Gold would rally in the third period, however, when Brent Gates Jr. scored his 11th of the year at 10:27 off feeds from Tommy Novak and Ryan Lindgren. Gates has now tallied a goal in three-straight games with six points (three goals, three assists) on his four-game point streak. Novak also moved his point streak to four games with six assists in that stretch. This time it would be the lone goal allowed by Ohio State goaltender Sean Romeo, who made 34 saves on the night.
Neither team would find the back of the net again in regulation or the five-minute overtime. The Buckeyes claimed the extra point in the shootout with goals from Tanner Lacynski and Gordi Myer. Tyler Sheehy recorded Minnesota’s shootout tally.
The Buckeyes outshot Minnesota 39-35 on the night with both teams failing to capitalize on the power play as the Gophers went 0-for-3 and Ohio State was 0-for-2.
Minnesota closes out the regular-season with a two-game series next weekend at Penn State.