Saturday, March 14, 2015

Ohio State sweeps Wisconsin

In the finale of the Big Ten regular season the Ohio State Buckeyes sweep Wisconsin at the Kohl Center.  Thus, closing a regular season that Wisconsin would love to forget and Ohio State wishing for more.  The final score was 2-0 with Tompkins pitching the shout out in net for the Buckeyes.  Both teams will now head on to Detroit for the Big Ten Tournament!

The Buckeyes first goal came in the 2nd period at the 8:54 mark from Tyler Lundey.  He was assisted by David Gust and Anthony Greco.  The second goal came from Matthew Weis at the 10:54 mark of the 3rd period.  Weis was assisted by Darik Angeli and Clark Cristofoli.  Shots on goal were 42 for Ohio State and only 17 Wisconsin. 

Ohio State will play Penn State next Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.  It will be the #4 vs #5 matchup.  Ohio State will be the #5 seed.  Wisconsin will look ahead to a date with Michigan in the #3 vs #6 game.  Wisconsin will be the #6 seed after a season that most Badger fans would love to forget after they won the Big Ten Tournament last year against Ohio State.  Ohio State will once again be upset minded as they enter the tournament.

Last year, the Buckeyes entered the tournament in a similar position.  They were the #4 seed and they started the climb against Michigan State.  They beat the Spartans and then upset the host Minnesota to reach the title game.  They held a lead in the 3rd period of the championship game against Wisconsin but the Badgers came back to win the title in OT 5-4.  It was much more then the Buckeyes were expected to do but the team was up for the challenge.

If you have ever watched the Buckeyes, they play a tough, gritty game with checking and timely scoring.  They play a similar style to the NHL team in the same city, the Columbus Blue Jackets.  They rarely ever just give up and roll over.  This is a great credit to the coach Steve Rohlik and his staff.  They have done a great job preparing the team for this season, especially in a tough conference like the Big Ten.  It will be hard to challenge hockey powers like Minnesota and Michigan, but the Buckeyes have proven before the bigger they are, the harder they fall!

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