Bowling Green, OH – The 15th-ranked Falcons overcame a slow start Saturday to pick up a tie against the 4th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in front of 5,000 fans.
Ryan Bednard started in net for the Falcons, saving 23 of 25 shots faced. Tommy Napier got the nod for Ohio State and had 28 stops on 30 opportunities.
Ohio State opened the game’s scoring at 6:45 of the first period. Carson Meyer’s wrist shot beat Bednard over his glove to give the Buckeyes an early 1-0 lead.
The Buckeyes challenged Bednard with eight shots in the opening period while the Falcons had four chances on Nappier.
Neither team found the net in the second period despite three power-play chances for Ohio State and a pair of man-advantage attempts for Bowling Green.
Bowling Green had eight shots on net in the second period while Ohio State had seven chances.
The Falcons were able to find the game’s tying goal at 1:17 of the third period. Lukas Craggs forced a turnover just inside the Buckeyes’ zone. Craggs took the puck the length of the ice and deposited the shot past Nappier. The unassisted goal was Craggs’ fifth of the season.
Bowling Green was finally able to take their first of the night at 15:10 of the third period on the power play. Brandon Kruse fed the puck to Max Johnson, who fed the puck over to Connor Ford on the back door. Ford’s shot beat Nappier for his fourth goal of the season.
Ohio State tied the game at 17:02 of the third period thanks to a Freddy Gerard goal on a two-on-one pass by Mason Jobst.
The Buckeyes’ second goal capped scoring in regulation and the game went to overtime.
Bowling Green had 15 shots in the third period while Ohio State had seven chances.
Neither team was able to find the net in the overtime period and the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
Bowling Green had three shots in the extra period while Ohio State had three chances.
With the tie, the Falcons record moves to 5-1-0, 0-0-0-0 on the season. The Buckeyes now sit at 3-2-1, 0-0-0-0.
Bowling Green will begin WCHA conference play next weekend as they welcome the Northern Michigan Wildcats to Bowling Green.
- Freddy Gerard (OSU) – 1 G, 1 A
- Carson Meyer (OSU) – 1 G, 1 A
- Connor Ford (BGSU) – 1 G
Photos by Jessi Renner/BGSUHockey.com