Bowling Green fell to Ohio State, 5-3, Tuesday night in Columbus, OH.
Freshman Tomas Sholl (1-2-0) received the loss as the Falcons starting goaltender stopping 24 of 28 shots. Fellow freshman Matt Tomkins (3-2-0) was the winning goalie for Ohio State stopping 28 out of 31 shots.
Dan DeSalvo opened scoring at 2:39 in the first period with a deflection on a shot from defenseman Rusty Hafner. The goal was DeSalvo’s second of the season.
Ohio State responded late in the period on a 2-on-1. Nick Oddo found David Gust who snuck a shot by Sholl at 17:37.
Bowling Green spent nearly half of the second period down a man. The Falcons were penalized with 21 penalty minutes including a five minute major and game disqualification by Sean Walker at 10:42. Due to the disqualification Walker will be forced to sit out Friday’s game against Alaska-Anchorage.
Ryan Dzingel helped the Buckeyes take their first lead with a nice leave pass by Darik Angeli at 17:07 of the second frame.
The third period saw the scoring flood gates open. It began just 1:37 into the period with a big slap shot from Ben Murphy finding the twine with an assist to Bryce Williamson. Ohio State re-took the lead less than a minute later at 2:19 thanks to Nick Oddo beating Sholl.
Ben Murphy picked up his second goal of the game and sixth marker of the season at 6:36 on the power play. But, the Buckeyes responded yet again at 9:47 with a goal from Chad Niddery. Both goalies would settle down for the rest of the period, with neither giving up another goal. “We showed some fight and resiliency in the third” Bowling Green Head Coach Chris Bergeron said after the game.
The Buckeyes scored an empty net goal at 19:33 to ice the game and split the season series.
The Falcons were excellent on the penalty kill, stopping all five of the Buckeyes power play chances. The power play also picked up one goal on five chances.
Coach Bergeron was complimentary of his freshman goaltender but called out the defense in front of him: “I thought he (Sholl) played very well. Our defensive play was poor. They made us pay.” Despite a solid goaltending and special teams effort it wasn’t enough to pull out the win. Bergeron summed it up, “Ohio State got exactly what they deserved and so did we.”
Bowling Green (2-2-2) will begin WCHA play this Friday as they welcome the Seawolves of Alaska-Anchorage to the BGSU Ice Arena. Ohio State (3-3-0) will also play host as they will face Minnesota-Duluth at Value City Arena.
Post Game Pressers
Head Coach Chris Bergeron
Sophomore Forward Ben Murphy
Other Media Coverage
Sentinel-Tribune: Falcon hockey loses at Ohio State
BGSU Athletic Department: Falcons Score Twice in Third Period, But Fall to Ohio State, 5-3
OSU Athletic Department: Buckeyes Defeat Bowling Green, 5-3