Oct. 27, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's hockey team rallied from a two-goal deficit en route to a 3-3 overtime tie at Bowling Green Saturday night in the BGSU Ice Arena. The game wrapped up the weekend series, with Ohio State (2-2-2, 1-0-1-0 CCHA) going 1-0-1-0 vs. the Falcons (1-4-2, 0-1-1-1 CCHA). Sophomores Matt Johnson and Tanner Fritz and freshman Tyler Lundey all scored for Ohio State, with rookie Anthony Greco adding two assists. Freshman goalie Collin Olson had a career-high 36 saves in the victory.
Ohio State trailed 2-0 early in the second period but scored three times in a 3:13 span midway through the stanza to tie the game and take the lead. A Bowling Green goal at 12:21 of the third period deadlocked the score at 3-all and neither team was able to find the back of the net the rest of the way. The Falcons won the shootout, 1-0 in four rounds, to determine the extra point in the CCHA standings.
The Buckeyes have a bye this upcoming weekend before opening a four-game homestand vs. Alaska Nov. 9-10 in Value City Arena. A series with Northern Michigan follows Nov. 16-17.
Bowling Green scored the lone goal of the first period when Rusty Hafner scored at 3:58, assisted by Adam Berkle. Olson had 14 saves in the period, as Ohio State was outshot, 15-6. Each team had one power play chance in the period. An early Falcon goal was disallowed after video review.
The Falcons extended the lead to 2-0 on a Mark Cooper tally 2:36 into the second period. Midway through the period Ohio State scored three goals in a 3:13 span, including two in 48 seconds, to tie the game and take the lead. Johnson put Ohio State on the board with a goal on the rush, assisted by Greco and senior Brandon Martell, at 10:03. At 10:51 Fritz put in a loose puck after saves on shots by sophomores Max McCormick and Ryan Dzingel to tie the game at 2. At 13:16, Lundey redirected a shot by classmate Craig Dalrymple, with Greco on the second assist, to put Ohio State in the lead. Shots were 11-9 in favor of the Falcons in the stanza. Bowling Green had the lone power play attempt.
In the third, BG's Brett Mohler scored the only goal at 12:21, tallying on the fly to knot the game at 3. Olson made nine saves in the period, with Falcon goalie Tommy Burke stopping all six Buckeye attempts. Bowling Green had the only power play chance in the period with 3:44 remaining but was unable to convert.
Each team put three shots on goal in overtime but the goalies held strong. Ohio State had a chance late but an apparent goal was waived off on the ice and the no-goal call was confirmed by video review.
For the tie, the squads each earned one point in the CCHA standings and a shootout followed to determine the extra league point. Neither team was able to score through the first three rounds. In the fourth round, Bowling Green's Dan DeSalvo scored and Buckeye junior Alex Szczechura had his shot saved to give the Falcons the shootout victory.
Bowling Green outshot Ohio State, 39-24, in the game. Olson had 36 saves in 65 minutes in the Buckeye net. Burke had 21 stops in all 65 minutes.
Each team was 0-for-2 on the power play in the contest.
• Ohio State has not allowed a power play goal in its last five games (17-for-17).
• Olson had a career-high 36 saves in the Ohio State net.
• With two assists, Greco had the first two-point game of his career. The helpers were the first of his Buckeye career.
• Lundey's goal was his first career tally.
• Johnson leads the Buckeyes with three goals.
• The Buckeyes have allowed nine goals in their last five games combined (1.8 goals per game).
• The series was the last conference game for the Buckeyes and Bowling Green as CCHA foes.
• Ohio State is undefeated in its last 13 games vs. the Falcons (10-0-3).
• The series with Bowling Green was part of the Ohio Cup competition, the traveling trophy sponsored by Buckeye Sports Bulletin given to the Ohio-based school (Ohio State, Miami, Bowling Green) with the best record against its instate opponents.
Mason Jobst - All-American