BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- The No. 19 Ohio State men's hockey moved to 2-0-2 on the year after rallying for a 5-4 win at Bowling Green Friday in BGSU Ice Arena.
The teams will close the series at 7 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena in Columbus. The game marks the Buckeyes' home opener.
Ohio State 5, Bowling Green 4, Briefly
The Buckeyes opened the scoring just 1:10 into the game on a goal from freshman Ronnie Hein. The Falcons tied it at 3:23 with a power play goal but Buckeye junior Kevin Miller scored at 10:37 to put the Buckeyes back ahead. Buckeye sophomore Mason Jobst gave Ohio State a two-goal lead early in the second but the Falcons scored three times before the period ended to carry a 4-3 lead into the second intermission.
Just 34 seconds into the third Buckeye senior captain Nick Schilkey tied the game at four and at 9:38 freshman Tanner Laczynski put the Buckeyes ahead again (5-4). Both goals came on the power play. Each team had three power play goals in the game, with the teams combining for 12 power plays. Shots were 32-22 in favor of the Falcons.
Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik
On the game:
"Our entertainment value hasn't gone down at all, to say the least. We knew it was going to be tough -- Bowling Green is well coached and works extremely hard. This was a great environment that was fun to play in. Good teams find a way to win those games and our guys found a way to win after being down going into the third. I'm happy with that. We have a lot of things to continue to correct and we can get a lot better. We have to get a lot better as we move forward."
On the home opener Saturday:
"We have a lot of guys excited to get back and play our first game at home. It's a long time coming and we can't wait to get home and play in front of our fans.
Quoting Buckeye senior captain Nick Schilkey
On the win:
"It's always tough to play in Bowling Green. We take a lot of pride in playing Ohio teams and those games are always fun. We came out firing and took an early lead but it's always hard to play against them and they came back like they always do. We showed a lot of resilience and I think we grew as a team tonight. We are definitely excited to play at home in front of our fans in The Schott tomorrow night."
Quoting Buckeye freshman forward Tanner Laczynski
On the game:
"It was a great win for our team. Obviously coming into this arena, facing an instate rival, you know the fans are going to be a big part of it and it's a tough place to play. I thought we handled it well. Obviously some penalties hurt us but at the end of the day we got the win."
On his third period gamewinning goal, the first tally of his Ohio State career:
"For me personally it's always nice to get the goal, but to help my team win is the most important thing. It was a nice play set up by Dakota (Joshua) and Mason (Jobst). It was just a nice win overall."
Buckeyes Post Points
In the win at Bowling Green, four Buckeyes had two point games. Tanner Laczynski and Mason Jobst each had a goal and an assist, while Matt Joyaux and Dakota Joshua each had two assists.
In all, 11 Buckeyes had at least one point against Bowling Green.
Buckeyes Lead 2-1 After 20 Minutes
Just 1:10 into the game freshman Ronnie Hein put the Buckeyes on the board with his second goal of the season. Sophomore John Wiitala redirected a shot from junior Matt Joyuax that was saved. Hein got to the rebound and he was able to score.
At 3:23 the Falcons converted on the first of their three power play chances in the period, when Matt Pohlkamp scored from in front off a pass from Alec Rauhauser.
Ohio State went back ahead at 10:37, as junior Kevin Miller scored on a pass from sophomore Brendon Kearney on a 2-on-1. Sophomore Dakota Joshua, who started the play up the ice, had the second assist on the goal, Miller's first of the year.
Shots were 13-5 in favor of Bowling Green in the period.
Falcons Take Lead in the Second Period
The Buckeyes went up 3-1 when Mason Jobst scored 4:02 into the second period, putting a shot short side on the power play. Laczynski and senior Josh Healey had the assists on the goal, Jobst's first of the year.
The Falcons scored the next three goals to end the period up 4-3. Pohlkamp had his second of the night on the power play at 5:37 and Sean Walker tied the game with a power play tally at 14:07. Frederic Letourneau gave the Falcons their first lead of the night at 16:10.
Bowling Green outshot the Buckeyes, 11-7, in the period.
Buckeyes Rally in the Third
The Buckeyes started the third with 1:10 remaining on a carryover power play. Nick Schilkey scored just 34 seconds into the period on a one-timer, off assists from Matt Joyaux and junior Matthew Weis. At 9:38 Mason Jobst took a pass from Dakota Joshua and found Tanner Laczynski at the far post, with Laczynski getting it past the Falcon goalie for his first career tally.
Ohio State outshot the Falcons 10-8 in the period, including 7-1 to start. The Falcons pulled their goalie with 1:59 remaining for the extra skater but the Buckeyes limited the BG shots and held on for the victory.
Between the Pipes
Matt Tomkins played all 60 minutes for the Buckeyes and had 28 saves. He now has a 2.00 goals-against average and .923 save percentage on the year, with a 1-0-2 ledger.
Falcon goalie Chris Nell had 17 saves in 58:01.
For the game, the Buckeyes were outshot, 32-22.
Each team had three power play goals in the game. Ohio State was 3-for-5, with Bowling Green 3-for-7.
On the year, the Buckeyes are 4-for-18 (.222) on the power play.
Hit the Road
The Buckeyes began the year with their first four games away from Columbus, notching a 2-0-2 record. The game Saturday vs. Bowling Green is the team's only home game of October, as the squad will travel to Niagara for two games next weekend.