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COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 14 Ohio State men’s hockey team broke open a 2-all game with two goals in 2:14 in the third period and held on for a 5-4 win over Bowling Green in the first game of a Central Collegiate Hockey Association tournament first-round series Friday in the OSU Ice Rink.

Early in the third, the Falcons cut the lead to one just 34 seconds after Peter Boyd had put Ohio State up by two goals. Bowling Green then had the would-be game-tying goal disallowed at 12:16 because the net had moved before the puck crossed the line. Boyd regained the Buckeyes’ two-goal lead with a goal at 14:23 and Tommy Dee responded for the Falcons just 27 seconds later, but BG could get no closer.

No. 5 seed Ohio State takes a one-game lead in the series and improves to 21-12-4 on the year, while No. 12 seed Bowling Green drops to 11-23-3. The teams will meet in game two at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in the OSU Ice Rink. If game three is necessary, it will be held at 5:05 p.m. Sunday.

Ohio State took a one-goal lead at 13:30 of the first when Corey Elkins redirected an Erick Belanger shot from the point, with his d-partner Chris Reed picking up the second assist. The Falcons tied the game at 18:27 on Nick Bailen’s wrist shot. Each team put 11 shots on net in the period and Ohio State killed off the only power play.

Ohio State again took a one-goal lead when defenseman Corey Toy’s shot from the right point deflected off a Falcon defender and in the air, over BG goalie Jimmy Spratt and into the net at 11:30 of the second period. Boyd and Kyle Reed had the assist on the goal, Toy’s second of the season. There were four penalties called in a span of 4:12 (from 12:03 to 16:16), including a 5-minute major to a Buckeye that resulted in just 1:00 of power-play time because of the other calls. With the teams skating 4-on-4, Dee scored unassisted following a turnover in the Buckeye zone at 15:39. Neither team was able to generate a goal on the power play in the period, with each going 0-for-2. Bowling Green had 16 shots in the period, with Ohio State putting eight on net.

The teams combined for five goals in the third. C. Reed put the Buckeyes on top (3-2) with a goal at 3:14, as he took a pass from Belanger and his shot from the point went through on the short side. Mathieu Picard had the second assist on the goal, Reed’s second of the year. Boyd followed at 5:18 to put the Buckeyes ahead by two (4-2), forcing a turnover in the Falcon zone and beating Spratt with a quick shot stick side. Dan Sexton responded 34 seconds later to draw the Falcons within one (4-3). The Falcons thought they had the game tied at 12:16 on a goal from Kai Kantola, but video review showed the net had come off its moorings and the goal was overturned. Boyd then scored his second of the game at 14:23, off assists from Elkins and K. Reed, to make the score 5-3 Ohio State. Dee tallied his second of the game 27 seconds after Boyd’s goal, getting to a loose puck in front of the net at 14:50. BG pulled Spratt for the extra attacker with one minute but could not sustain pressure. Ohio State outshot Bowling Green in the period, 10-9. Bowling Green had the only power-play chance in the stanza.

For the game, the Buckeyes were outshot, 36-29. Dustin Carlson had 32 saves in 60 minutes for the Buckeyes. Spratt made 24 saves in 59:24 for the Falcons.

Neither team was able to score on the power play. Ohio State was 0-for-2 and Bowling Green was 0-for-4.

Postgame Notes
Boyd had his second-consecutive two-goal and three-point game. It was his fifth three-point outing of the season. He is third on the team with 31 points and tied for second with 13 goals.

Elkins now has 15 goals on the year and ranks second in points with 36. He has two points in three of his last four games and has eight multiple-point games this season.

C. Reed’s two-point game was the second of his career and first since Dec. 7, 2007 vs. St. Lawrence. His goal was his first tally since Oct. 25 at Denver and the second of his career.

K. Reed has 3-4-7 totals over his last three games. His two assists vs. the Falcons matched his career high, set Nov. 16, 2007 vs. Robert Morris.

The Buckeyes have five goals or more in each of their last three games.

Ohio State won game one of its playoff series for the third-consecutive year.
Postgame Quotes
John Markell, Ohio State head coach
On the game
“Bowling Green came out and did what we thought they would do to a T. They played a good game. They caused us some concern. We don’t have a lot of guys that have played in that kind of up tempo game. We took the first game and it was hard. The second game will be even harder.”

On Ohio State
“Peter Boyd had a good game. John Albert created a lot of opportunities. When we keep it simple, we’re not a bad hockey team. We have to have new bodies out there tomorrow. The energy has to be there at the drop of the puck and match theirs.”

Peter Boyd, Ohio State sophomore forward
On the game
“I felt we tightened up real well.  It was important tonight. We’re just going to have to watch film and see where we can get better.”

On his goal
“It was quick. I was going with the element of surprise. He’s a good goalie. We have home advantage. We’re not going to let someone take it from us, but they’ll be ready to battle.”

Chris Reed, Ohio State sophomore defenseman
On scoring as a defenseman
“We don’t get a lot of chances to shoot on defense. I got the pick and had a great pass. I took two steps to my right and the goalie came out at an angle.”

On the fans
“It was a lot louder and there was more energy. It felt like the fans were more involved. It was good. Everyone was on their feet.”

Scott Paluch, Bowling Green head coach
On the game and his team’s play
“It was just what we expected it to be like playing here, physical and up tempo. When all is said and done they got that extra goal, but our guys worked extremely hard.”

On the frustration of falling short despite outshooting Ohio State
“It’s disappointing. I thought our guys did a lot of the things we talked about during the week that would be necessary in order to win the game. But that’s hockey you might do a lot of stuff right but it doesn’t always turn out like you planned.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2008-09
Bowling Green vs #14 Ohio State (Mar 06, 2009 at Columbus, Ohio)

 Bowling Green (11-23-3) vs. Ohio State (21-12-4)
 Date: Mar 06, 2009  Location: Columbus, Ohio        Arena: OSU Ice Rink       
 Attendance:817   Start time:7:05 pm   End time:9:20 pm   Total time:2:15   

 Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total
 Bowling Green 1 1 2 4
 Ohio State 1 1 3 5
 
   1st period – 1, OSU, Corey Elkins/15 (Erick Belanger/5, Chris
Reed/10) 13:30. 2, BGSU, Nick Bailen/5 (Kai Kantola/6) 18:27.
Penalties – Corey Toy, OSU (cross-checking) 15:12.

   2nd period – 3, OSU, Corey Toy/2 (Peter Boyd/18, Kyle Reed/8)
11:30. 4, BGSU, Tommy Dee/6 15:39. Penalties – Shane Sims, OSU
(roughing atw) 7:49; Kai Kantola, BGSU (roughing atw) 7:49; Patrick
Schafer, OSU (hooking) 8:21; Patrick Tiesling, BGSU (goaltender
interference) 12:03; Ian Boots, OSU (hitting from behind) 13:21; Ian
Boots, OSU (game misconduct) 13:21; David Solway, BGSU (holding)
14:58; Dan Sexton, BGSU (tripping) 16:16; Nick Bailen, BGSU (cth
roughing atw) 18:57; C.J. Severyn, OSU (cth roughing atw) 18:57; James
Perkin, BGSU (cth roughing atw) 18:57; Mathieu Picard, OSU (cth
roughing atw) 18:57.

   3rd period – 5, OSU, Chris Reed/2 (Erick Belanger/6, Hunter
Bishop/9) 3:14. 6, OSU, Peter Boyd/12 5:18. 7, BGSU, Dan Sexton/17
(Kyle Page/10, Nick Bailen/10) 5:52. 8, OSU, Peter Boyd/13 (Corey
Elkins/21, Kyle Reed/9) 14:23. 9, BGSU, Tommy Dee/7 (Andrew Krelove/4,
Josh Boyd/6) 14:50. Penalties – Sergio Somma, OSU (tripping) 12:00.

   Shots on goal – BGSU 11-16-9 36; OSU 11-8-10 29.

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

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

   Goalies – BGSU, Jimmy Spratt 11-18-3 (59:24 minutes, 29 shots-24
saves) , EMPTY NET (00:36, 0-0); OSU, Dustin Carlson 19-9-3 (60:00,
36-32).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-817  T-2:15   
 Three stars: 1. Peter Boyd    2. Tommy Dee    3. Kyle Reed   
 Ref: Kevin Hall; Keith Sergott   Line: TJ Likens; Mike Elder
 Win-Dustin Carlson (19-9-3).  Loss-Jimmy Spratt (11-18-3). 
 Bowling Green Timeout 5:18/3rd                   
 OSU Timeout 19:12/3rd                            
 CCHA tournament first round, Game 1              
 Ohio State leads 1-0