It was an exciting Saturday for Ohio State in Ann Arbor, Mich., as not only did the women’s track and field team claim the Big Ten Championship, the No. 6/5 men’s hockey team (19-8-5, 12-6-4-3 Big Ten) also claimed the conference championship thanks to a thrilling double-overtime victory over their rivals.
The Buckeyes and Wolverines were tied 3-3 following regulation, as well as after a five minute, 5-on-5 overtime period. However, in the 3-on-3 second overtime, Buckeye captain Mason Jobst scored on a breakaway to pick up the extra point needed to secure the outright B1G championship, and the bye into the single-elimination conference semifinals next month.
Ohio State took a 3-1 advantage in the game at 7:57 into the second period on power play goals by Carson Meyer and John Wiitala, and an even-strength score by Brendon Kearney. However, UM scored the final two goals of regulation (Joseph Cecconi and Nolan Moyle) to force extra time, before Jobst secured the victory.
The three-weekend Big Ten Tournament will begin on March 8, and the Buckeyes will host the semifinals on the weekend of March 16-17. As the highest seed in the tourney, if OSU advances to the finals, they will host the B1G tournament finals March 23-24.