It was a little unconventional but No. 3/4 Ohio State got the job done against Michigan in Saturday’s series finale. The game included multiple highlight reel goals by the Buckeyes as well as a .750 shooting percentage in the third period. (And no, that is not a typo.)
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The first period passed in scoreless fashion. The Bucks’ top line had their best chances. Mason Jobst, Quinn Preston, and Carson Meyer (moved up from the second line tonight) combined for four of the team’s seven shots in the frame.
Both Jobst and Meyer created turnovers which led to scoring opportunities. At the other end of the ice, Tommy Nappier sharply turned aside six shots, including a couple from Wolverines who weaseled their way past the OSU defense.
Ohio State got on the board in the second period thanks an excellent special teams sequence. Already on a power play, Dakota Joshua drew another penalty against Michigan. On the ensuing 5-on-3 advantage Tanner Laczynski fired home his seventh goal of the season for a 1-0 Buckeye lead.
The Wolverines answered at the 14:36 mark with a power play goal of their own. Will Lockwood finished off a set up from Quinn Hughes. The goal knotted the game at 1-1.
Michigan outshot the Buckeyes in the third period, 13-4. However, quality reigned over quantity. Ohio State put three of their four shots in the back of the net and powered to a 4-2 win. The Wolverines edged ahead on a poorly defended Jimmy Lambert goal. But it wasn’t 30 seconds before Wyatt Ege wound through the zone, and beat Hayden Lavigne to tie things up.
A few minutes later Preston dazzled with another play of the week candidate. The freshman took Jobst’s pass from along the wall. He then dragged the Michigan defender and ripped a bullet to the back of the net for a 3-2 advantage. This would be the game winning tally.
The Wolverines pulled Lavigne for the extra attacker with over two minutes to play. They dinged the post once. Jobst and Brendon Kearney blocked key shots. Ronnie Hein forced a turnover and potted an empty netter to cement a 4-2 Buckeye victory.
Ohio State moves to 13-5-4 overall on the year and 6-3-3-2 in the Big Ten. The Bucks lead the league by two points over second place Minnesota. They hit the road next week to wrap up their regular season series against No. 11 Penn State.
- Michigan outshot OSU 28-22 in the game.
- Jobst topped all Buckeye shooters with five pucks on net.
- The Buckeyes went 1-for-3 on the power play and 1-for-2 on the penalty kill.
- It was a multiple point night for Laczynski (1-1--2), Ege (1-1--2), and Jobst (0-2--2).