Ohio State Hockey Upsets No. 1 Minnesota, Heads to B1G Final

By Aubrey Nelson on March 21, 2014 at 10:59p

Ladies and gentlemen, your hockey Bucks are heading to the championship of the inaugural Big Ten men's hockey tournament. Fourth seeded Ohio State knocked off regular season champion Minnesota in tonight’s semifinal match up. The final score was 3-1.

  1 2 3 F
#1 MINNESOTA 0 1 0 1
#4 OHIO STATE 1 0 2 3

The Buckeyes played as well in the victory as they have all season, skating hard from the opening faceoff to the final horn. Freshman Nick Schilkey scored his second goal against Minnesota this season, finishing a pretty play with a tip-in tally to hand Ohio State a 1-0 lead with 4:40 remaining in the first period.

The goal proved to be a nice answer to Minnesota's opening assault that dictated the pace of the game in the first 10 minutes and the Buckeyes took a 1-0 lead to the first intermission.

Minnesota senior captain Kyle Rau knotted the game 4:47 into the second period with a nifty redirection into the back of the net. Both team had good second period chances, particularly on the power play, but they would head to the second intermission tied at one.

Halfway through the third, senior and leading scorer Ryan Dzingel stepped up for the Buckeyes, floating a shot from the point through traffic and Gopher goalie Adam Wilcox to give Ohio State a 2-1 lead. The tally, which came 9:08 into the third, was Dzingel doing what he'd done all season for the Buckeyes.

“I think I just closed my eyes, tried to shoot as hard as I could,” Dzingel said of the shot.

Dzingel's game-winner.
Dzingel's game-winner.

Minnesota put an extra attacker on the ice in the dying seconds of the game, but couldn’t get the equalizer. Buckeye sophomore Anthony Greco, who along with linemates Tanner Fritz and Max Cormick had played a superb game, sealed the win with an empty net goal at 19:33.

Schilkey, Dzingel and Greco lit the lamp for Ohio State, but freshman goalie Christian Frey was the star of the game, making 30 saves on the night to turn in his second one-goal game of the tourney in as many nights.

First-year Ohio State coach Steve Rohlik, a native of St. Paul, host of the B1G Tournament, was all about his team following the win, “I just couldn't be prouder of a group of guys that dug in tonight and did what we did to win the games.”

Ohio State faces second seed Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game Saturday night. The Buckeyes are 2-2 against the Badgers this season, splitting the series in Madison, as well as the series in Columbus last month.

Saturday's championship game will be broadcast by BTN at 8 p.m. It will also be available online via BTN2Go and on the radio at 1460 AM in Columbus.


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OSUGoBucks414's picture

wow, I thought Minnesota and MSU and _ichigan were the only hockey teams that could win a game!

I'm not trying to win popularity poles, I'm trying to win football games. -Woody Hayes

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Crumb's picture

What a sweet game!!!! Dzingel's goal was just nasty!!!! Hockey Bucks to the Frozen Four!!! If not this year then in the years to come, Christian Frey is a boss.

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

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Seattle Linga's picture

CF stopped 30 of 31 shots. Best player on the ice last night - can't wait til face off tonight.

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okiebuck's picture

Awesome news; and thanks Aubrey! We don't get the BTN on our cable system and I was watching the Miami/ N.Dakota game but they never gave an update on the Buckeye game, so I thought I'd check in with 11W and y'all didn't disappoint!! Now let's go get us some Badger meat!

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

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Go1Bucks's picture

Friggin fantastic game.  We came close earlier this season for a win just like this.  Now we have a chance at the B1G Ring!

And, maybe onto the Frozen Holiday.  Go Puck Bucks!

Go Bucks!

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prevetbuck's picture

What an amazing game this was! I'm here in St. Paul playing with the OSU Athletic Band, and it was definitely a home crowd for Minnesota tonight. I think I counted a total of 15 Buckeye fans in the whole place; though we did have quite a few Wisconsin fans overtly rooting for us. We were getting lots of dirty looks as we played and cheered (we also received a Marcus Hall salute after our second goal from a rather inebriated fan down below us).

I still almost can't believe we won. I'm going to have to rest my voice all day tomorrow in preparation for the final.

Go Ohio! Beat the Badgers!!

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Hovenaut's picture

I have found tournament happiness via the good ol' hockey game.

Keep it going Bucks!

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Scarlet-Gray's picture

I agree. Between hockey and having 2 guys competing for titles in wrestling, I have been thoroughly distracted from the basketball loss.

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BucksfanXC's picture


“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

PalmettoNut's picture

Great underdog story playing out here.  

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Seth4Bucks's picture

Awesome job Puckeyes!

And Aubrey, thank you for the work you've put in in following the Hockey news. I don't comment on here often, but I do read just about every article you've written this season.

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toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

Go Bucks, beat the Badgers! That will also keep Michigan out of the NCAA.

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rampageripster's picture

My buddies flew into MSP to visit me and go to one game... we're getting 3 out of it and were proudly singing Carmen last night!

Hell of a game and it's been so much fun watching this team grow... NOW GO GET THAT AUTO-BID!

Cause I couldn't go for three

bucknutz18's picture

Just glancing at our roster looks like we only lose a handful of seniors.  What is our potential next year and years to come?  Is Dzingel NHL potential?

William's picture

Dzingel is the only guy that I could remotely see signing an ELC right now, and even then I don't see him leaving early just to end up playing on Ottawa's AHL team, as he'll still need a year or two in the AHL before he makes much of an impact at the NHL level. 

As for the future Christian Frey, Drew Brevig and Nick Schilkey were named to the All-B1G freshman team, and OSU is bringing in three puck moving blue-liners in Tyler Nanne (Minnesota, won't be here til 2016), Victor Bjorkung (Sweden) and Janik Moser (Germany) that I really like. Tanner Laczysnki is a '97 born forward that won't be at OSU until 2016, but he's got serious skill and a nose for the net. Sam McCormick is following his brother to OSU, and plays a very intelligent two-way game. So while OSU has not been able to bring in any big names, Rohlik seems to be recruiting a ton of players that play responsible two way games, with a touch of skill. One thing that is interesting about the defensive recruits is that it seems Rohlik is recruiting smooth skating puck-movers instead of big, physically imposing guys on the back end, which I prefer. I'd much rather have a blue line that is fast and smart with the puck than one that is a bit lumbering but physically imposing. 


Here's a complete list of OSU's hockey commits: http://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/recruits/list/Ohio-State/44

Seattle Linga's picture

Christian had an awesome post game interview - so happy he landed here 

Ebvine96's picture

Do we have to win to make the tourney? What is the format in hockey? 

William's picture

OSU has to win the B1G tourney, so that they can receive the auto-bid to make the NCAA tourney, as they aren't in the Top 16 of the Pairwise rankings (OSU is 19th) which are used for determining what teams make the NCAA. One thing that is very interesting is that Michigan is currently 14th, and if OSU manages to win the B1G, they will not only make the NCAA, but could knock Michigan out of it. 

Pairwise rankings: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/pairwise-rankings/d-i-men/

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Menexenus's picture


Real fans stay for Carmen.