Minnesota ties Ohio State then loses in shootout

Gophers’ forward Brent Gates Jr. tied the game 1-1 midway through the third period.

Gophers forward Brent Gates Jr. chases after the puck against Ohio State on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at 3M Arena at Mariucci Arena.

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Gophers forward Brent Gates Jr. chases after the puck against Ohio State on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at 3M Arena at Mariucci Arena.

Drew Cove

The Gophers got to within one point of clinching their position in the Big Ten.

No. 6 Ohio State (19-8-5, 12-8-2 Big Ten) and No. 10 Minnesota (19-13-2, 10-10-2 Big Ten) finished in a 1-1 tie Saturday, with the Buckeyes winning in the shootout for the extra conference point. 

Ohio State defender Gordi Myer scored the shootout winner, giving the Buckeyes two conference points.

The tie dropped Minnesota’s latest stretch of games to six wins in the last eight contests. Minnesota finished the weekend series one point shy of clinching home-ice in the first round of the Big Ten tournament, but have the opportunity with next week’s series against No. 16 Penn State.

The Gophers first goal didn’t come until late in the game. Brent Gates Jr. netted his second goal of the weekend with roughly 10 minutes left in the third period to tie the game at 1-1.

Ohio State’s Mason Jobst scored the first goal of the game in the second period to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead.

Minnesota returns to action next weekend from University Park, Pennsylvania against Penn State for the final regular-season series.