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Men's College Hockey: Wilcox sets career mark against OS

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The inaugural Big Ten Conference regular-season title will come down to the final weekend of play after the top-ranked Minnesota Gophers men’s hockey team tied Ohio State 2-2 in overtime and fell in the subsequent shootout Saturday.

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The Gophers (24-4-6 overall, 13-2-3-0 Big Ten) will travel to Michigan next weekend with a five-point cushion in the conference standings.

In a game that saw momentum swing back and forth throughout the night, Adam Wilcox proved to be Minnesota’s one constant. The Hobey Baker Award and Mike Richter Award nominee set a career high with 41 saves, including a sprawling breakaway save in overtime. Wilcox improved to 22-4-6 on the season while Christian Frey made 30 saves to move to 6-2-3 for Ohio State.

Much like Friday’s series opener, the Gophers opened with an early goal as Kyle Rau scored his 10th of the season during a Minnesota power play at 2:32 of the first. The sophomore knocked home a rebound after being set up by Mike Reilly and Travis Boyd.

After a scoreless second, the teams combined for three goals in the third. Ohio State (15-12-5, 5-8-5-4) found the equalizer when Ryan Dzingel tallied a power-play goal after at 2:31 of the third. The tie wouldn’t last long as Gabe Guertler scored his second of the year 24 seconds later at 2:55 when Ben Marshall and Vinni Lettieri set him up. However, Nick Schilkey made it 2-2 at 16:10.

Following a scoreless overtime, Schilkey scored Ohio State’s first shootout attempt while the Gophers were unable to find the net in three tries.

— GopherSports.com

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