Oct. 29, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's hockey team posted its third consecutive win, defeating Bowling Green, 5-3, Tuesday in Value City Arena. The victory opened a seven-game homestand for Ohio State (3-3-0, 0-0-0 B1G), who will host No. 20 Minnesota Duluth for two games this weekend. The Buckeyes and Bulldogs will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in VCA.
The Buckeyes gave up an early goal to Bowling Green (2-2-2, 0-0-0 WCHA) before tying the game on freshman forward David Gust's first career tally late in the first period. Junior forward Ryan Dzingel gave the Buckeyes their first lead of the game late in the second period. In the third, the Falcons scored at 1:37 to deadlock the score at 2-all, but Ohio State junior forward Nick Oddo responded less than a minute later to push Ohio State ahead. The Falcons again tied the game on a goal at 6:36 of the third, but Buckeye junior forward Chad Niddery netted the eventual gamewinner a little more than three minutes later and an empty-net goal from junior forward Darik Angeli sealed the Buckeye victory.
"No matter what you never apologize for winning," Steve Rohlik, Ohio State head coach, said. "We found a way to win in a tough hockey game. They're a good team that plays hard from bell to bell, so give those guys in the other locker room a lot of credit. You also have to give our guys credit for hanging in there and finding a way to win a hockey game."
Dzingel led the Buckeyes with a season-best three points on a goal and two assists, extending his assist streak to four and netting his first goal of the year. Gust, Angeli (who also is on a four-game point streak) and Oddo each had an assist for a two-point game, with Gust marking the first points of his Ohio State career. Sophomore blueliner Craig Dalrymple had a career-high two assists in the contest and joined Dzingel with a team-best +3 mark.
"I've been frustrated so it was good to get the monkey off my back," Dzingel said. "More than anything, I'm happy we played close to 60 minutes and found a way to get a win."
The Falcons took a 1-0 lead 2:39 into the game when Dan DeSalvo tipped a Rusty Hafner shot in. Ohio State tied the game on Gust's goal. Ryan Dzingel carried the puck into the BG zone and was able to get it ahead to reigning Big Ten First Star of the Week Oddo. He found Gust who gathered the puck, drew the goalie out of position and backhanded a shot in. Bowling Green outshot Ohio State, 14-10, in the period.
The teams were scoreless through the second period until the 17:07 mark, when Dzingel took a drop pass from Angeli on the rush. Ohio State had a major power play in the period (although cut short by a penalty) but was unable to convert the opportunity. The Buckeyes put 10 shots on net and held the Falcons to five.
Ohio State outscored Bowling Green, 3-2, in the third period for the victory. Just 1:37 into the stanza Ben Murphy deadlocked the score at two. Oddo responded at 2:19 (just 42 seconds later), assisted by Dalrymple and Gust, to push Ohio State ahead, but the Falcons' Bryce Williamson put in his own rebound at 6:36 to tie the game for the third time (3-3). Niddery put Ohio State ahead again (4-3) at 9:47. Freshman defenseman Drew Brevig (who is on a four-game assist streak) started the play up the ice to junior forward Matt Johnson. He passed the puck to Niddery and he was able to score on a backhand. With time winding down, Bowling Green pulled its goalie for the extra attacker. Dalrymple gathered the puck and cleared it up to Dzingel, who fed Angeli and he skated into the BG zone before scoring into the empty net to secure the win. Shots were 12-8 in favor of Bowling Green in the period.
Ohio State was outshot by Bowling Green, 31-28. Tomkins played all 60 minutes for the Buckeyes, making 28 saves. For the Falcons, Tomas Sholl had 23 stops in 59:09, allowing four goals.
Each team had five power play chances, with Bowling Green scoring the only goal with the man advantage. Ohio State was held scoreless on the power play for the first time in five games.
Ohio State has scored 14 goals in its last three games combined and has three or more in each of its last five games. The squad is averaging 3.67 goals a game to rank 12th nationally.