Updated: March 8th, 2014 8:59pm
Top-ranked Gophers tie with Ohio State, lose in shootout

Top-ranked Gophers tie with Ohio State, lose in shootout

by Nate Sandell
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The No. 1-ranked Gophers hockey team missed out on its first chance at clinching the Big Ten regular season title on Saturday by tying Ohio State, 2-2, and eventually losing in a shootout to miss out on the extra point. 

Ohio State's Nick Schilkey scored with just under four minutes to go in the third period in what was the eventual overtime-forcing goal.

The visiting Gophers (24-4-6), who notched a 5-1 victory over the Buckeyes (15-12-5) on Friday, rolled out to a quick lead when Kyle Rau scored less than three minutes into the game.

But the scoring stalled out until the third period. Ohio State tied the game at one early in the final period, but Gabe Guertler got past Buckeyes goalie Christian Frey 24 seconds later to propel the Gophers back into the lead. However, it didn't hold up as Ohio State found a way to break through with tying goal.

In the shootout, Schilkey scored Ohio State's only goal, while the Gophers missed on all three attempts

The Gophers conclude the regular season next weekend in Ann Arbor against No. 12 Michigan.

Nate Sandell is a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
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