No. 4/5 Gophers fall to No. 12/13 Ohio State

February 10, 2017

The Minnesota Golden Gophers men's hockey team lost 5-4 in Friday's opener against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

This week's Big Ten First Star and defending Big Ten Goaltender of the Year Eric Schierhorn took a rare loss, making 23 saves to Matt Tomkins' 35.

Ohio State (14-7-6, 5-5-1-1 Big Ten) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, thanks to goals by Matthew Weis and Nick Schilkey.

In the second period, Minnesota (17-8-2, 8-3-0-0 Big Ten) came out hot and tied it up with Brent Gates' 13th of the year and rookie Rem Pitlick's breakaway strike. Minnesota took a brief lead on Vinni Lettieri's shot, but Ohio State's Kevin Miller tied it up once again.

In the third period, the Buckeyes gained the lead on a power play goal by Mason Jobst and further padded it with one that rattled in around the pipes from Tanner Laczynski. Justin Kloos followed up to cut OSU's lead to one, with Big Ten assist leader Jake Bischoff earning his 20th of the season.

Kloos continues to climb Minnesota’s scoring ranks, sitting 39th all-time in scoring with 138 points (58 goals, 80 assists). Kloos, who leads all active Big Ten skaters in scoring and ranks third among active NCAA skaters, needs just one point to tie Dean Blais for 38th on the Gophers career scoring list.

Minnesota and Ohio State split their last series December 2-3 at Mariucci Arena.

The teams clash again Saturday night at 7 p.m. Fans attending the game in Columbus are encouraged to bring a new stuffed animal (wrapped in a plastic bag) to throw on the ice during the first intermission for the annual Teddy Bear Toss for Ronald McDonald House.