Bowling Green, OH – The Falcons managed to cut down on their penalties, but their defensive play and goaltending was again the deciding factor as they fell 5-4 to Ohio State Friday.
Chris Nell received the start for the Falcons and made 17 saves on 22 shots faced. Matt Tomkins started for Ohio State and had 28 saves on 32 Falcon opportunities.
The Buckeyes opened scoring at 1:10 of the first period. The Falcons attempted to clear the puck on a rebound, but their clearing attempt found Ronnie Hein’s stick, who scored on a wrist shot.
The Falcons responded on the power play a couple minutes later at 3:23. Mark Friedman passed across the blue line to Alec Rauhauser, who fed a beautiful pass to Matt Pohlkamkp. The senior forward was skating across the slot and deflected the pass past Tomkins for his first goal of the season.
Ohio State regained the lead at 10:37 of the first period. Kevin Miller completed a three-on-two rush, taking passes from Brendon Kearney and Dakota Joshua.
The Falcons finished the first period with 13 shots on net. The Buckeyes had five attempts.
The Buckeyes extended their lead to 3-1 while on the power play. At 4:02 Mason Jobstone-timed a pass from the opposite face-off dot, beating Nell.
The Falcons got a goal back at 5:37 on the power play. Mark Friedman found Mitch McLain along the boards, who passed across the ice to Matt Pohlkamp who was stationed just outside the crease. Pohlkamp buried the shot for his second goal of the night.
Bowling Green got their equalizing goal at 14:07 of the second period, again on the power play. After taking a pass from Kevin Dufour, Brett D’Andrea found Sean Walker at the point. Walker wristed a shot low, beating a screened Tomkins.
Frederic Letourneau gave the Falcons their first lead of the night at 16:10 of the second period. Sean Walker found Letourneau, who skated in on Tomkins and roofed the puck over his shoulder. The goal was Letourneau’s first of his career.
The Falcons finished the second period 11 shots on Tomkins. The Buckeyes challenged Nell seven times in the middle period.
The Buckeyes didn’t wait long to tie the game up in the third period, scoring a powre play goal just 34 seconds into the period. Matt Schilkey one-timed a puck, beating Nell. Assists went to Matt Joyaux and Matthew Weis.
Ohio State re-took the lead at 9:38 of the third period on the power play. Tanner Laczynski jammed the puck home on a cross-ice pass, pushing the lead to 5-4.
Chris Nell was pulled for the extra attacker with 1:59 to play in the third period. But, the Falcons failed to find the net and fell 5-4.
With the loss the Falcons fall to 0-4-1 on the season. The Buckeyes improve to 2-0-2. The teams will complete their home-and-home series Saturday at 7:05 in Columbus.
- Tanner Laczynski (OSU) – GWG, 1 A
- Mason Jobst (OSU) – 1 G, 2 A
- Matt Pohlkamp (BGSU) – 2 G
Photos courtesy of Jessi Renner/BGSUHockey.com