COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team completed a sweep of Bowling Green, posting a 4-3 win over the Falcons Saturday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes took a 2-0 lead in the first period and never trailed, holding off a 6-on-4 BGSU advantage in the final minute for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association victory. Sophomore forward Zac Dalpe led the Buckeyes with two goals and three points, including the game-winning goal, while junior forward Hunter Bishop had three assists.
Ohio State led 2-0 after the first period. Severyn opened the scoring at 6:08. Bishop forced a turnover and the puck went to John Albert, who found Severyn across the slot at the far post. Severyn was able to one-time it for his fourth goal of the year. At 14:01 Devon Krogh scored his second goal of the weekend. With the Buckeyes on the power play, Dalpe got the puck to Bishop who found Krogh at the point and his shot got through glove side. The Buckeyes outshot the Falcons, 9-3, in the period.
The Buckeyes held a one-goal lead (3-2) after the second. Dalpe put the Buckeyes up 3-0 at 4:50 with his fifth power-play goal of the season. Bishop’s shot from up high went wide and bounced to Matt Bartkowski outside the crease. He passed to Dalpe at the far post who collected it and scored, marking the Buckeyes’ fifth power-play tally of the weekend. The Falcons scored the next two goals to draw within one. Cameron Sinclair scored from the slot at 6:42 and Tomas Petruska tallied on a backhand at 14:42. The Buckeyes put 15 shots on net in the period, with Bowling Green getting 10 through.
In the third Dalpe put Ohio State up by two (4-2) when Peter Boyd passed to Sergio Somma, who threaded the puck to an open Dalpe who scored on a backhand at 6:36. The Falcons responded just 29 seconds later when Josh Boyd tallied from in close. Buckeye goalie Cal Heeter had 10 saves in the period, including a point-blank stop with just more a minute remaining and the Falcon net empty. A penalty was called after the whistle, giving Bowling Green a 6-on-4 advantage to close out the game. The Buckeye defense held strong to preserve the win, with Heeter making three saves and the Buckeyes blocking three other Falcon shots.
The Buckeyes outshot the Falcons, 30-24, in the game. Heeter ended with 21 saves in 59:54. Andrew Hammond had 26 stops in 58:46 between the pipes.
Ohio State was 2-for-6 on the power play in the game, holding the Falcons scoreless on four chances.
The Buckeyes return to action with an exhibition game vs. the U.S. National Team Development Program Under-18 Team at 7:05 p.m. Friday in Value City Arena.
Dalpe, the Buckeyes’ leading scorer with 12 goals and 23 points, has four multiple-point games this season. It was his third two-goal game of the campaign.
Bishop’s three assists and points were a career high. He had five points in the series with two goals in the opener Friday.
Albert ended the weekend with five assists and now leads the team with 14 helpers.
The Buckeye power play was 5-for-12 in the series (41.7 percent). The penalty kill was 9-for-10 (90 percent).
John Markell, Ohio State head coach
On his team’s performance
“In the second period we looked like a team that hadn’t played in a month. Bowling Green played well and we had to make some adjustments going into the final period. We settled down and tried to protect the 3-2 lead we had at that point. We took our opportunities when we could. We did a good job getting the lead.
“We had to look at our tendencies and just focus on all the little things. We knew coming into tonight we would have to get the puck deep in the zone against Bowling Green. There were certainly no shortcuts tonight. Around the second period the Christmas break layoff caught up with us, but we got our second wind. The final period is the one I’m looking at.”
On different lines performing well
“In the end, we’re going to need everyone to perform well. It seems like some lines will play better at some points, but John Albert’s line has definitely been playing well as of late.”
On playing the U-18 USA team next weekend
“They are a tremendous team. It’s going to be a challenge for us. We certainly can’t have some guys going five or six weeks without playing, so we’re going to get a lot of guys in there.”
Zac Dalpe, Ohio State sophomore forward
On success this weekend
“I think we were just sick and tired of playing each other in practice for the past two weeks. It was good to just regroup and play another team. We are all smiles.”
On Matt Bartkowski’s assist on his power-play goal
“Bart is the big body out there that is able to deflect shots. When he had the puck down there I was screaming my head off (for him to pass it). It was a good play that thankfully resulted in a goal.”
Hunter Bishop, Ohio State junior forward
On the intensity of the game
“We came back with a new attitude. In practice there were a few fights and intensity in practice leads to intensity for the weekend.”
Dennis Williams, Bowling Green head coach
On the game
“I haven’t been big on moral victories this season, but the guys gave a great effort tonight. We were one bounce away from a win at the end of the game. I’m really proud of the guys.”
On the game’s strategy
“We tried to keep the puck down low and cycle around to get the puck in the net at the end of the game. We need to tighten our penalty kill and try to find a few more options on the power play.”
On freshman goalie Andrew Hammond
“Andrew made a few big saves and made them look easy. He has a very level demeanor and it’s easy for him to stay calm and collected throughout the game. He kept his composure out there tonight.”