Minnesota Gophers defeat Ohio State Buckeyes in overtime thriller

The Minnesota Gophers faced off against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first game of the 2015-16 Big Ten conference play.

Coming into the game the Gophers have struggled, most recently being swept by in-state rival St. Cloud State. As a result, the arena was at, by eye test, 75-80% capacity.

The Gopher faithful were anxious, and when the Buckeyes scored first in the first period, the anxiety was grew a voice.

When Ohio State scored their second goal of the night in the second period, frustration set in. With the score 2-0 after two periods the first round of fans left for the evening. Too bad for them, the Gophers had dominated play, the scoreboard just read 2-0.

The third period saw the Gophers tie the game on a pair of power play goals by Tyler Sheehy (6:10) and Tommy Novak (15:33) and send the game into overtime. It was a fitting end as the Gophers had outshot the Buckeyes 38-27 during regulation and kept the puck in their offensive zone for the majority of the game.

One minute and eight seconds into the overtime period, Gophers’ junior forward Hudson Fasching buried a shot from the left circle past the right blocker of Ohio State goalie Christian Frey to win the game. Frey stopped 37 of 40 shots and played brilliantly despite the overtime loss.

With the win, the Gophers improve to 5-7-0 while the Buckeyes fall to 3-10-0. The Gophers and Buckeyes will square off again tomorrow (Dec 5, 2015) in Minneapolis.

You can see more of Matt’s photos at the Star Tribune.

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