(Photo and game/team information courtesy Ohio State Athletic Department)
This is a great pic – the seniors being recognized on Senior Day with their families.
Wisconsin took advantage of Ohio State being shorthanded, due to being red carded to score two goals within 16 minutes of one another to earn a 2-0 win. Ohio State drops to 7-9-1, 3-5-0, while Wisconsin improves to 8-4-4, 4-3-1. The loss extends OSU’s losing streak to 8 matches
This game ended as it started for Ohio State – not according to plan. Within the first 11 minutes of play Ohio State had allowed 4 shots, committed 3 fouls while getting off 1 shot of their own. Not the most promising of starts. At the 17:05 mark, Will Hirschman committed his 2nd foul within a minute and was disqualified for the match – which meant the Buckeyes were to play shorthanded for the next 73 minutes.
Wisconsin scored at the 29:24 mark (Mike Catalano) to take a 1-0 lead into the locker room. They scored midway through the 2nd period at the 45:31 mark (Chris Mueller) to take the 2-0 lead.
Wisconsin out-shot Ohio State 10-5. Each team had 3 shots on goal.
Goalie Xavier Kennedy got his third start for Ohio State and had 1 save facing 3 shots on goal. He did get some help from his team mates since they blocked two Badger shots. The Badgers were also complicit, being high/wide on 5 shots.
The Buckeyes mustered 5 shots for the game. Alex Nichols had 2 shots, 1 on goal. Kevin Blackwood and Mitch Bergman each had a shot and were on goal. Nate Kohl had a shot.
Ohio State’s next match is the Big Ten Conference play-in game for the Big Ten tournament. The Buckeyes are a #6 seed and will face #3 seed Michigan State (11-2-3, 5-0-3). The match is scheduled for East Lansing on Sunday, November 5th.The winner plays the Indiana/Penn State winner.
The Buckeyes and Spartans met on October 1st in East Lansing and Michigan State won 5-1. That match started OSU on its current 8-match losing streak. Clearly, the Buckeyes have a score to settle.