COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 19 Ohio State men's hockey completed a sweep of instate foe Bowling Green Saturday, downing the Falcons, 6-1, in Value City Arena. The game was the home opener for the Buckeyes, who are now 3-0-2 on the year. Ohio State scored twice in the third period to rally and beat the Falcons on the road Friday, 5-4.
Ohio State 6, Bowling Green 1, Briefly
The Buckeyes took control of the game early, opening the scoring with a power play goal at 5:38 and adding tallies at 11:51 and 15:56 to carry a 3-0 lead into the first intermission. Each team scored once in the second, with Ohio State's goal coming at 4:43 and BG tallying at 7:48. Ohio State added goals at 8:07 and 16:04 of the third for the 6-1 final.
Each team had seven power plays, with Ohio State notching the only goal with the man advantage.
Buckeyes Post Points
For the second night in a row, 11 Buckeyes had at least one point vs. Bowling Green.
Senior Nick Schlikey led the Buckeyes with two goals and three points in the win, notching two goals and an assist. He now has 95 points for the Scarlet and Gray, with 46 goals and 49 assists in 111 games. It was the first two-goal game for a Buckeye this season and the fifth two-goal game for Schilkey at Ohio State.
Freshman Ronnie Hein had a Buckeye season-high and personal-best three assists and points against the Falcons.
Freshman Tanner Laczynski had a goal and an assist for the second night in a row, while senior David Gust also had a two points with a goal and an assist. Senior Josh Healey had two helpers vs. the Falcons.
Rookie Sam McCormick had an assist, notching his first point as a Buckeye while skating in his first game in the Scarlet and Gray.
Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik
On the team's mindset:
"We're just concentrating on the next game. If we continue to get better during the week and prepare the right way, all we're concerned about is the next game. If we take care of those things, everything falls into place. It was a great weekend. Any time you win two hockey games against a quality team like this, you're doing something right."
Quoting Buckeye freshman forward Tanner Laczynski
On meshing with the offense:
"They accepted me right away. It's been a lot of hard work but you just have to communicate with them in order to build chemistry with these veteran guys. It's the communication aspect in the game that helps us play well."
Quoting Buckeye senior forward Nick Schilkey
On the Buckeye offense:
"We talked prior to the season on how to get the young guys going. We are four lines deep right now. We have young guys stepping up and scoring big goals right now. We are confident up front for sure."
Ohio State Takes Early Lead
The Buckeyes jumped out to a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes. Nick Schilkey opened the scoring at 5:38, scoring from just outside the post off a pass from David Gust on the power play. Josh Healey also assisted on the goal, Schilkey's third of the year.
At 11:51 Gust scored a highlight reel goal, taking a pass from John Wiitala and cutting to the front of the net. He was able to get the goalie moving and scored on a backhand. Mason Jobst had the second assist on the goal, Gust's second of the year.
The Buckeyes outshot the Falcons, 14-10, in the period.
Buckeyes Maintain Edge through Second Period
The Buckeyes moved the lead to 4-0 at 4:43 of the second. Ronnie Hein put a shot on net that was saved, but the rebound came to Matt Joyuax in the high slot and he scored. Sam McCormick also had an assist for his first point at Ohio State.
The Falcons broke up the shutout when Pierre-Luc Mercier scored at 7:48. Buckeye goalie Matt Tomkins stopped 10 shots in the period, as the Buckeyes were outshot, 11-10.
Buckeyes Complete Sweep
Ohio State sealed the win with two third period goals. Nick Schilkey one-timed a cross-ice pass from Drew Brevig at 8:07 and at 16:04 Tanner Laczynski put in the rebound of a shot by Hein that landed right outside the crease. Hein had the second assist on Schilkey's goal and Schilkey had the second assist on Laczynski's tally.
The teams combined for just 14 shots in the period, with Bowling Green ahead, 8-6.
Between the Pipes
Buckeye senior goalie Matt Tomkins, starting his third consecutive game and playing in a fourth straight, allowed just one goal on 29 shots.
On the year, Tomkins has a 1.71 goals-against average and .936 save percentage, ranking in the Top 10 nationally in both categories.
The Buckeyes outshot the Falcons, 30-29, in the game. Falcon starter Tomas Sholl played the first 15:56, allowing three goals and making 10 saves. Chris Nell closed out the game, with three goals allowed on 17 shots in 44:04.
One night after each team scored three power play goals, the Buckeye and Falcon penalty killing units stepped up.
The Buckeyes scored the game's lone power play goal, converting 1-of-7 chances.
On the penalty kill, Ohio State was a perfect 7-for-7.
Solid Start for the Buckeyes
With a 3-0-2 ledger to open the season, Ohio State is undefeated in its first five games for the first time since the 1983-84 squad began its campaign with 13 wins in a row.
The Buckeyes closed last season with a 6-1-2 mark, giving the squad a 9-1-4 ledger in its last 14 games combined. Twenty letterwinners returned from that squad.
Buckeyes Set to Hit the Road Again
Ohio State will return to action with two games at Niagara Oct. 28-29.
In all, the Buckeyes are beginning the year with six of their first seven games away from Columbus, with the home matchup vs. Bowling Green the team's only game in Value City Arena during October.
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