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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio Buckeye freshman Ian Boots had a team-best three points as the No. 15/16 Ohio State men’s hockey team defeated Bowling Green, 8-5, Friday. It was the Buckeyes’ first Central Collegiate Hockey Association game since Nov. 29. The win extended the Buckeyes’ winning streak to nine, the longest current streak in the nation.

After trailing early in the first, the Buckeyes scored four-consecutive goals to go ahead, 5-2, and led 6-3 at the end of the second period. Sophomores Patrick Schafer and Peter Boyd and senior Corey Elkins each had a goal and an assist for two points, as the Buckeyes improved to 14-6-1 on the year and 7-5-1-1 in conference action. The Falcons droped to 7-11-3 and 4-8-1-0 in the league. The teams will close out the series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in BGSU Ice Arena.

The teams combined for five goals in the first, with the Buckeyes overcoming a one-goal deficit. The Buckeyes took a 1-0 lead just 26 seconds into the game when Schafer jammed the puck in from the side of the net, assisted by Matt Bartkowski and Boyd after hard work down low by the line of Schafer, Boyd and Sergio Somma. The Falcons then scored back-to-back goals to take a 2-1 lead. Nick Bailen scored on the power play at 6:44 when his low shot from the point found the corner of the net. David Solway followed with a goal at 8:11 to put Bowling Green ahead. Boyd tied the game at 2 when he tallied at 15:00, assisted by Schafer and Somma, after more cycling by the line. Senior Corey Elkins regained the lead for the Buckeyes with a goal at 16:27, scoring from the right circle with the goalie down. Boots assisted on the goal. The Falcons outshot the Buckeyes in the period, 16-12, with Ohio State goalie Dustin Carlson making 14 saves. The Buckeyes took the only two penalties of the stanza, with BG going 1-for-2.

The Buckeyes scored the first two goals of the second period. Zac Dalpe scored at 6:33, deking a Falcon defender before tallying his team-best 11th goal of the year. Kyle Reed picked up the assist after forcing a turnover in the neutral zone. C.J. Severyn picked up his own rebound and put it into the net at 9:25, assisted by Boots and Elkins. The Falcons ended the Buckeyes’ four-goal run with Bailen’s second power-play tally of the night, coming at 10:28. Ohio State rebounded when John Albert beat a BG defender, after a leadout pass from Chris Reed, at 11:14. The Buckeyes had 14 shots in the period, with BG putting 10 on net.

Each team scored a shorthanded goal in the third. After Dalpe received a major and game misconduct for checking from behind, the Buckeyes were able to kill the entire 5-minute power play and extend their lead to 7-3. On a 2-on-1, Mathieu Picard passed over to Shane Sims, whose one-timer beat Nick Eno at 3:05, who had replaced starter Jimmy Spratt in the second period. The Falcons scored a shorthanded goal of their own at 9:06 when Dan Sexton scored unassisted following a Buckeye turnover. With the team’s skating 4-on-4 Bowling Green’s Kai Kantola added the Falcons’ fifth goal when he broke in alone on Carlson, who dove at the puck but was unable to stop it. Boots scored the game’s final goal into an empty net, assisted by Hunter Bishop and Mike Folkes, at 18:33 to seal the win. The Buckeyes were outshot, 11-8, in the period.

The Buckeyes were outshot, 37-34, in the game. Carlson ended the game with 32 saves in all 60 minutes. Spratt took the loss and made 16 saves, allowing six goals, in 31:14. Eno played 28:23 and had 10 stops on 12 shots.

The Falcons were 2-for-5 on the power play in the game and Ohio State was scoreless on four chances.
 
Postgame Notes
Ohio State has won its last nine games overall and 12 of its last 13.

Elkins, who leads the team with 23 points, is on a six-game point streak (4-7-11).

Bishop had his goal-scoring streak ended at seven but extended his point streak to eight.

Sims is on a seven-game point streak (2-7-9).

Boots had the second three-point game of his career and his third two-assist game.

Schafer’s two points marked the first time he had a multiple-point game as a Buckeye.

The Buckeyes have scored six or more goals in four of their last six games.

Ohio State’s shorthanded goal was its first since the season opener Oct. 10 vs. Miami. It was the first shorthanded goal allowed since Nov. 1 at Michigan

Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2008-09
#15 Ohio State vs BGSU (Jan 9, 2009 at Bowling Green, Ohio)

 Ohio State (14-6-1, 7-5-1-1) vs. BGSU (7-11-3, 4-8-1-0)
 Date: Jan 9, 2009   Location: Bowling Green, Ohio   Arena: BGSU Ice Arena     
 Attendance:1781   Start time:7:05      End time:9:30      Total time:2:25   

 Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total
 Ohio State 3 3 2 8
 BGSU 2 1 2 5
 
   1st period – 1, OSU, Patrick Schafer/2 (Matt Bartkowski/7, Peter
Boyd/10) :26. 2, BGSU, Nick Bailen/2 (Kyle Page/3, Brandon
Svendsen/12) 5:44 (pp). 3, BGSU, David Solway/10 (Brandon Svendsen/13,
Dan Sexton/14) 8:11. 4, OSU, Peter Boyd/7 (Patrick Schafer/6, Sergio Somma/7) 15:00.
5, OSU, Corey Elkins/8 (Ian Boots/11) 16:27. Penalties – Shane Sims,
OSU (tripping) 4:01; C.J. Severyn, OSU (interference) 11:10.

   2nd period – 6, OSU, Zac Dalpe/11 (Kyle Reed/5) 6:33. 7, OSU, C.J. Severyn/5 (Ian
Boots/12, Corey Elkins/15) 9:25. 8, BGSU, Nick Bailen/3 (Brandon
Svendsen/14, Dan Sexton/15) 10:28 (pp). 9, OSU, John Albert/7 (Chris
Reed/6) 11:14. Penalties – Patrick Schafer, OSU (holding) :19; Kevin
Schmidt, BGSU (cross-checking) 2:38; Zach Pelletier, OSU (roughing
atw) 9:48; Tomas Petruska, BGSU (tripping) 12:57.

   3rd period – 10, OSU, Shane Sims/2 (Mathieu Picard/4, Zach
Pelletier/2) 3:05 (sh). 11, BGSU, Dan Sexton/9 9:06 (sh). 12, BGSU,
Kai Kantola/9 (Todd McIlrath/2) 15:07. 13, OSU, Ian Boots/7 (Hunter
Bishop/9, Mike Folkes/2) 18:33 (empty net). Penalties – Zac Dalpe, OSU (checking from
behind) 1:21; Zac Dalpe, OSU (game misconduct) 1:21; Russ Sinkewich,
BGSU (boarding) 7:11; Dan Sexton, BGSU (tripping) 11:29; Andrew
Krelove, BGSU (roughing atw) 12:03; Ian Boots, OSU (roughing atw)
12:03; Todd McIlrath, BGSU (roughing atw) 13:30; Sergio Somma, OSU
(roughing atw) 13:30.

   Shots on goal – OSU 12-14-8 34; BGSU 16-10-11 37.

   Power plays – OSU 0 of 4; BGSU 2 of 5.

   Penalties – OSU 8 (27 min); BGSU 6 (12 min).

   Goalies – OSU, Dustin Carlson 12-3-0 (60:00 minutes, 37 shots-32
saves); BGSU, Jimmy Spratt 7-11-3 (31:14, 22-16) , Nick Eno (28:23,
11-10) , EMPTY NET (00:23, 0-0).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-1781  T-2:25   
 Three stars: 1. Patrick Schafer    2. Ian Boots    3. Nick Bailen   
 Ref: Brian Hill; Keith Sergott   Line: Tony Molina; Ken Landis
 Win-Dustin Carlson (12-3-0).  Loss-Jimmy Spratt (7-11-3).