COLUMBUS, Ohio - The inaugural Big Ten Conference regular-season title will come down to the final weekend of play after the Golden Gophers lost in a shootout against Ohio State on Saturday night.
Adam Wilcox set a new career high with 41 saves on Saturday night including a sprawling breakaway save in overtime. Wilcox moved to 22-4-6 on the season while Christian Frey made 30 saves to move to 6-2-3 this year for Ohio State.
The Gophers opening the scoring in the first on Kyle Rau's 10th of the season.
Ohio State scored two goals in the third to take a 2-1 lead, but Nick Schilkey made it 2-2 at 16:10.
Following a scoreless overtime, Schilkey scored Ohio State's first shootout attempt while the Gophers were unable to find the net in three tries.
The Gophers (24-4-6 overall, 13-2-3-0 Big Ten) will travel to Michigan next weekend with a five-point cushion in the conference standings.