COLUMBUS, Ohio – Led by nine points from the line of John Albert, C.J. Severyn and Hunter Bishop, the Ohio State men’s hockey team skated to a 7-2 victory over Bowling Green Friday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes carried a one-goal lead into the third period but scored four goals in less than four minutes to put the Falcons away. The teams will close out the series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.
In all, 10 Buckeyes had a point, with seven posting multiple points. Albert had a career-high four assists and points, with Severyn recording a personal-high three points on a goal and two helpers. Bishop had his first two-goal game as a Buckeye. Mathieu Picard, Matt Bartkowski, Taylor Stefishen and Devon Krogh each had a goal and an assist in the contest.
Ohio State led 1-0 after the first period. Albert brought the puck in the zone and carried behind the net. He passed out to Severyn, whose shot was saved and went across the slot. Bishop was there to shoot it home at 14:00 before BG goalie Nick Eno could get across. Ohio State put 18 shots on net in the period and was scoreless on two power play chances.
The teams combined for four goals in the second period, with Ohio State leading 3-2 after two stanzas. The Buckeyes went ahead 2-0 when Picard scored from in close at 4:49, after work down low from Severyn and Albert. The Falcons cut the lead to 2-1 when Tommy Dee tallied at 12:23 on the rush. Krogh responded with a 4-on-3 power-play goal at 16:59. Bartkowski got the puck to Zac Dalpe, who found Krogh at the point and his shot got through. With time winding down in the period and the Falcons on the power play, Tommy Dee tipped in a Nathan Pageau shot from the slot at 19:51 to make the score 3-2. Shots were 10-9 in favor of the Falcons in the period. Each team was 1-for-1 on the power play in the stanza.
In the third period the Buckeyes scored four goals and outshot the Falcons, 10-3. Bishop opened the scoring with a 4-on-3 goal at 6:23, assisted by Stefishen and Krogh. Bishop’s first shot was blocked, but he got his own rebound and put it in for his seventh goal of the year. Just 2:02 later Severyn found the back of the net, assisted by Albert, to make the score 5-2 Buckeyes and chase Eno at 8:25. Bartkowski scored on the first shot Andrew Hammond faced, tallying a power-play goal from the right lane at 9:25. Buckeye goalie Cal Heeter got the puck to Albert, who led Bartkowski into the zone. Stefishen had the last Buckeye goal, assisted by Picard and Patrick Schafer, less than a minute later (10:17). The Buckeyes were 2-for-3 on the power play in the period and held the Falcons scoreless on four chances. There were 11 penalties called in the period.
Ohio State outshot Bowling Green, 37-25, in the game. Heeter had 23 saves in 59:53. Eno suffered the loss and allowed 28 goals, making 28 saves, in 48:25. Hammond had two saves and allowed two goals in 11:35.
The Buckeyes were 3-for-6 on the power play in the game and held the Falcons to one goal on six chances.
Albert had the second four-assist game for a Buckeye this season, joining Peter Boyd at Ferris State Nov. 21. Albert’s previous high was three helpers, set Jan. 10, 2009 at Bowling Green. He has three three-point games in his Buckeye career.
The seven goals were a Buckeye season high and the most since beating Bowling Green, 7-1, in the second game of the CCHA playoffs last March.
The team had a season-best three power play goals in the game.
Severyn’s three points were a career high after three two-point games in his career.
Heeter’s assist was the first of his career.
Krogh had his first multiple-point night as a Buckeye. He leads the Buckeye rookies with seven points, including five assists.
John Markell, Ohio State head coach
On his team’s performance
“There are other games where we’ve certainly played better. At some points we did get back to bad habits as well, but we have been off for a month. We can play a more complete game.
“It was a good game to start off the second half of the season after having a month off. Now we have to look at our tendencies and see how we’re going to play tomorrow.”
On facing Bowling Green Saturday evening
“We have to play smart tomorrow. Some of their players were missing tonight and I’m sure they’ll be back out Saturday night so we’ll need a better game. Teams always look to get points on the road, so they’ll be intense and they’ll play hard.”
John Albert, Ohio State junior forward
On the game
“I think we came out and played well. We kind of slumped in the second period, but we came out strong in the third, which is good for us since we haven’t played great in the third this season.”
On this week’s practices
“The practices were great. We definitely had some intensity. The coaches got into us, but they didn’t kill us. It was more of an easing into.”
Hunter Bishop, Ohio State junior forward
On his two goals
“That first goal just bounced off my stomach to my stick and went into a wide-open net. The second goal was a matter of being in the right place at the right time. I think this was my first multi-goal game as a Buckeye.”
On must-win games
“Every game is a must-win to us. At the end of the year we all look back and realize just how much these games mean. The guys returning from last year know how important these points are.”
Dennis Williams, Bowling Green head coach
On the team morale heading into the third period
“The goal at the end of the second period really gave us some momentum headed into the break. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to sustain it in the third.”
On the Buckeye power play
“We stressed during the week we didn’t want to get into a power play, penalty killing game with them – three goals on six power play attempts shows we weren’t very successful.”
On the game slipping away in the third period
“After Hunter Bishop’s goal we were still in the game – we’ve come back from two goal deficits before. The two goals in a minute after Bishop’s goal really killed us, though.”