Tyler Lundey must really like going back to his native Wisconsin. After scoring in last night's game, he scored the game winner tonight as the Buckeyes hockey team took down Wisconsin 2-0 to complete the weekend sweep.
Teams like Wisconsin that are just having miserable seasons are the types Ohio State has to beat and while Friday's win was difficult, Saturday's was a systematic destruction of the Badgers. Ohio State dominated in possession, goaltending and everywhere in between to come out with the shutout win.
Nobody would score in the first, but OSU sent the Badgers a warning with the 8-4 shot advantage. In the second, the Buckeyes came out for blood. Shots were 19-7 OSU just in the period and Tyler Lundey put the Bucks up 1-0 after David Gust found a way to sweep the puck across the net mouth to a streaking Lundey who threw it in the open net. Ohio State also had the aid of a 5:00 major penalty for checking from behind that lasted the last 4:09 of the period, but couldn't extend the lead.
Ohio State would continue their dominance in the third, holding the Badgers to only six shots in the period. Matt Weis put Ohio State up 2-0 at 10:50 on a bad angle shot from the bottom of the faceoff circle that somehow found its way into the net. And that'd be all she wrote as the Buckeyes went on to win the game 2-0 to complete the sweep of the Badgers over the weekend.
Matt Tomkins got the rare start in goal and played one of his better games of the season as he obviously didn't let one past him and stopped all 17 shots that came his way for his second career shutout.
Again, Wisconsin is a team Ohio State is clearly better than and OSU should dominate them. And that's exactly what they did tonight even in front of the effectively backup goalie.
The Buckeyes are going into the Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament playing their best puck of the year as they've won five out of six. They probably won't make another run to overtime of the title game, as their 8-11-1-1 conference record isn't exactly inspiring.
But they have scored victories at various points this season over Minnesota, Penn State, Michigan and Wisconsin, so anything can happen in such a short stretch.