The Ohio State men's hockey team went to Minnesota to announce itself on the national stage and could not quite take advantage of the opportunity.
Playing No. 1 Minnesota in front of 45,021 in a nationally televised outdoor game in TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, the Buckeyes couldn't quite overcome history, falling to the Golden Gophers by a 1-0 score. The team stayed winless against top-ranked teams since 1998 and 0-3 all-time in outdoor games.
The difference was Taylor Cammarata's fifth goal of the season at 4:20 of the second. Kyle Rau cut in along the right wing and centered to Cammarata, who put a shot on OSU freshman goaltender Matt Tomkins that Tomkins got a piece of. The puck tricked through his legs and settled on the goal line, but as Tomkins dove back to corral it, it rattled around and finally crossed the line off the glove of the netminder.
LINK: Minnesota's goal
From there, Ohio State's offense -- which entered ranked third in the nation in goals per game -- couldn't get much going as the cold, snowy conditions and Minnesota's excellent defense kept the team's speed and forecheck in check. Minnesota goaltender Adam Wilcox made 21 saves in the shutout, the first time the Buckeyes were blanked all season.
Minnesota moved to 7-0-2 in its last nine games and 16-2-3. Ohio State fell to 11-7-1 on the season and 1-3-1-0 in Big Ten play.
Ohio State previously lost outdoor games in 2006 vs. Wisconsin in Green Bay and in 2012 in Cleveland vs. Michigan.
The teams will complete the Big Ten series tomorrow on the big ice in Minnesota's Mariucci Arena at 6 p.m. in a game that will be shown on SportsTime Ohio.
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