Feb. 28, 2014
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
Score: #13 Michigan 2, Ohio State 2 (OSU wins shootout, 1-0)
Records: U-M (15-10-4, 7-6-2-1 Big Ten), OSU (15-10-4, 5-6-4-3 Big Ten)
Attendance: 5,800 (sellout)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 2 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio/Nationwide Arena), 1 p.m. (TV: Fox Sports Detroit)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Alex Guptill (Newmarket, Ontario) scored two goals, including the game-tying score at 14:44 of the third period, to help the 13th-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team rally for a 2-2 regulation tie against Ohio State on Friday night (Feb. 28) inside Yost Ice Arena. The Buckeyes earned a 1-0 shootout win to claim the extra point in the Big Ten standings.
Trailing 2-1 late in the third period, Alex Kile (Troy, Mich.) absorbed a big hit in the neutral zone from Ohio State captain Curtis Gedig to get the puck into the offensive zone. Evan Allen (Sterling Heights, Mich.) intercepted a clear attempt along the side boards and fed to Guptill, who fired an initial shot off the right post. Guptill corralled his own rebound and found an open net to tie the game at 2-2.
In the overtime frame, Michael Downing (Canton, Mich.) nearly won it for the Wolverines, but his shot from the high slot with less than 10 seconds left hit the post.
In the shootout, Alex Szczechura scored the decisive goal for the Buckeyes to help Ohio State earn two points.
For the game, Michigan outshot Ohio State, 37-26, including a 17-10 margin in the third period.
Goaltender Zach Nagelvoort (Holland, Mich.) made 24 saves in net, while Matt Tomkins stopped 35 shots for Ohio State.
The Buckeyes scored on their second shot of the game to take a 1-0 lead at 4:26 of the first period. U-M had two power plays midway through the first period, nearly tying the game on their first man-advantage of the game when a Guptill shot was kicked out to Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario), who was jammed by the puck and could not get a clean shot off. The Wolverines were 0-for-6 for the night on the man-advantage.
Guptill tied the game at 1-1 in the closing minute of the first period, forcing a defensive zone turnover and beating Tomkins with a quick wrist shot at 19:31. JT Compher (Northbrook, Ill.) picked up his team-leading 17th assist on the play.
Midway through the second period, Ohio State capitalized on the man-advantage with Compher in the penalty box for cross-checking at 9:23. Sam Jardine's shot from the point deflected off the stick of Travis Lynch (White Lake, Mich.) forcing Nagelvoort to make and awkward kick save. Szczechura was there to put in the rebound at 10:00, giving the Buckeyes a 2-1 lead. Ohio State finished the night 1-for-3 on the power play.
Michigan had two more power-play chances in the third period at 2:46 and 11:57, and Luke Moffatt (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) had quality scoring chances on both, redirecting a pass wide of the net on the first and jamming a puck into Tomkins' pad on the second.
While U-M could not solve Ohio State on the power play, Guptill sent the game to overtime with his 11th goal of the season.
Michigan will finish its series with OSU on Sunday (March 2) at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, in a 1 p.m. contest. The matchup can be seen live on Fox Sports Detroit.
Contact: Jeffrey Weinstein (734) 763-4423