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Ohio State stops Gophers men's hockey in overtime

Ohio State stops Gophers men's hockey in overtime

Updated: December 07, 2019 12:15 AM

It took nearly 65 minutes to find a winner in a back-and-forth Big Ten battle between Minnesota and No. 7/8 Ohio State, but it was the Buckeyes who came out on top with a 3-2 overtime win on Friday night at Value City Arena.

Minnesota (5-9-3 overall, 2-4-3-2 Big Ten) rallied from a first period deficit behind a pair of power-play goals from Robbie Stucker at 18:25 of the second period (assisted by Sammy Walker and Ben Meyers) and Sampo Ranta at 1:43 of the third period (assisted by Ryan Johnson and Tyler Nanne).

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Stucker’s tally stands as the sophomore’s first career goal in 37 career games while Ranta now leads the Maroon & Gold with seven goals this season.

Ohio State (10-4-1, 6-3-0-0) opened the night with a goal from Grant Gabriele at 14:08 of the first period before the Buckeyes rallied with a goal from Carson Meyer at 12:58 of the third period. Quinn Preston notched the game winner at 4:35 of the 5-on-5 overtime session.

Minnesota outshot Ohio State 27-26 in the contest while the Gophers went 2-for-3 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. Jack LaFontaine suffered the loss with 23 saves to fall to 2-5-2 on the year while Tommy Nappier improved to 8-4-1 with 25 saves for the Buckeyes.

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