February 15, 2019 08:53 PM
A 4-3 win on Friday night for the Gophers at Value City Arena snapped No. 2/3 Ohio State’s seven-game winning streak as Minnesota handed the Buckeyes just their second loss in the last 15 games. The Maroon & Gold remain unbeaten against the Big Ten frontrunners (1-0-2) heading into tomorrow’s series finale.
Minnesota (12-14-4 overall, 9-9-3-0 Big Ten) snapped a four-game road skid with the win behind goals from Jack Sadek, Nathan Burke, Ryan Zuhlsdorf and Scott Reedy.
The Gophers jumped out to a two-goal lead on Friday night and never trailed in the win over the Buckeyes. Sadek opened things up with his fourth goal of the year at 16:44 of the first period when he put home a shot from the point after being set up by Sam Rossini and Burke. Burke added to the lead with his fourth goal of the year at 11:56 of the second period, set up with some nifty passing by BMW Line partners Blake McLaughlin and Sammy Walker.
Ohio State (19-6-4, 12-4-3-2) snuck onto the board late in the second period when John Wiittala scored at 19:44 on the Buckeyes’ second shot on goal of the period.
Zuhlsdorf reclaimed the two-goal lead at 6:10 of the third period when he snapped a 99-game goal drought dating back to Oct. 9, 2016 (his first series as a freshman with the Gophers). The junior defenseman snuck a shot from the blue line into the corner of the net with assists going to McLaughlin and Burke. Burke ended the night with a game-high three points (one goal, two assists) for his first career three-point performance.
Sam McCormick’s first goal of the year at 8:41 brought it to 3-2 in favor of the visitors, but Scott Reedy’s power-play goal at 10:44 put the game away for good. The sophomore forward snapped a 13-game goal drought for the eventual game winner as Tommy Novak and Rem Pitlick set up Reedy for his first goal of 2019. Quinn Preston brought the game back to within one with an extra-attacker goal for Ohio State at 16:25, but the Buckeyes couldn’t find the equalizer at the end of the night.
Eric Schierhorn picked up the win for Minnesota in his first start since Dec. 29, making 21 saves to improve to 3-4-0 on the year. The senior earned his 58th career win on Friday. Sean Romeo made 19 saves in net for Ohio State, falling to 8-5-2 on the year.
The Big Ten’s best special teams units were successful again on Friday night as Minnesota’s power-play ended the game 1-for-4 while the penalty kill was 1-for-1. Ohio State outshot the Gophers 24-23 in the series opener.
Minnesota returns to action on Saturday against Ohio State on Big Ten Network. Puck drop is set for 5 p.m. CT.
University of Minnesota/Gophersports.com
Updated: February 15, 2019 08:53 PM
Created: February 15, 2019 07:27 PM
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