Wisconsin hockey’s Big Ten opener provided a young Badgers team with a harsh lesson. Two late third period goals by Ohio State turned a lead in to a 3-2 loss at the Kohl Center on Friday night.
UW’s best efforts couldn’t stand up against Ohio State star Mason Jobst, who scored a pair of goals to lead the Buckeyes past the Badgers. Both goals were assisted by Freddy Gerard as well.
“We weren’t as solid as we were last week, defensively,” said head coach Tony Granato after the game. “But they’ve got some really skilled players that were able to exploit us. Obviously, Jobst was spectacular. His two goals were great. The first one was an individual effort that not many guys can make.”
Things looked good for the hosts as Trent Frederic got UW on the board first, snipping a shot from the circle over the blocker of Ohio State netminder Sean Romeo at the 7:38 mark of the second period. Not only was it Frederic getting on the scoreboard, it was freshman sensation Linus Weissbach who set up the opener with a sweet pass.
OSU’s leading returning point-scorer last season, Jobst, couldn’t be kept off the board in the Buckeyes opener. He tied things up at 1-1, scoring at the 14:31 mark of the second period.
It was even skating through the rest of the second period, with the score staying 1-1 as the teams headed in to the second intermission.
Wisconsin appeared to have a hometown hero moment in the third period, as Verona native Tarek Baker earned a penalty shot at the 10:22 mark of the final period thanks to Matt Joyaux throwing his stick to prevent a scoring chance.
He slotted home the ensuing penalty and the Badgers were up 2-1.
It appeared that lead was going to hold. But, just five minutes later John Wiitala tied the game back up for the Buckeyes.
Jobst put the final nail in the coffin late, netting the eventual game-winner at 18:44 of the third period.
Granato believed the final push was indicative of how the Buckeyes played all night long.
“We got a lead, and they just kept coming,” said Granato. “To give them credit, they were just the hungrier, more desperate team tonight, and they took advantage of the mistakes we made defensively.”
These two teams will meet in the series finale tonight at 5pm CT at the Kohl Center. There will be no television coverage, but you find the game as part of the BTN Plus ($) network or WTSO 1070 and the Badger Radio Network on the iheart radio app.