Apparently, all you need to do to end a six game losing streak is to play by far the worst team in the conference.
The Ohio State Men's hockey team ended their six game losing streak last night with a 2-1 victory over lowly Wisconsin. The Buckeyes improve to 8-15-2 and 3-8 in the conference, while Wisconsin falls to 2-19-4 and 0-9-2-2 in conference.
Corbin McGuire scored for Wisconsin in the first to give the Badgers a 1-0 lead, but OSU was controlling the pace of play even at that point, having outshot Wisconsin 15-10 in the first.
In the second, the Buckeyes broke through on a goal by Tyler Lundley at 5:58. It was his third of the season. The Bucks would take a lead they wouldn't relinquish at 18:04 of the second as Nick Schilkey scored at 18:04. OSU dominated to an even higher degree in that period, outshooting Wisconsin 17-4.
OSU would only lead in shots 10-9 in the third, with Wisconsin fighting to tie the game, but Christian Frey stopped all nine of their opportunities to hold on to the slump-busting victory. Frey made 22 saves to have a sterling .956 save percentage, one of his best recent outings.
Ohio State outshot Wisconsin 42-23 overall and just completely dominated the game. It's no huge accomplishment as Wisconsin has just been dreadful this year. It doesn't make up for the crushing Big Ten title game loss last year either, but it was just what the team needed at this point after having been run over by pretty much everyone else in conference.
The Buckeyes beat a team they were supposed to beat and will look to sweep that same team Saturday at 7pm in Columbus.