October 8, 2021

Buckeyes Drop Opener to Bentley, 2-1

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team fell to Bentley in the first game of the regular season, 2-1, Friday in The Bentley Arena in Waltham, Mass.

The teams will meet at 6:05 p.m. Saturday to close out the series. The game will be streamed on FloHockey.tv and live stats will be available. (Gameday links)

Bentley (1-1-0, 0-0-0 AHA) led 1-0 after the first period and 2-0 early in the second. Buckeye freshman defenseman Mason Lohrei, a Boston Bruins draft pick, put the Buckeyes on the board 16 seconds after the second Falcon tally, but Ohio State was unable to get the equalizer the rest of the way. Shots were 35-25 in favor of Ohio State in the game, with junior goalie Ryan Snowden making 23 saves for the Buckeyes.

How it Happened

  • Bentley scored the only goal of the first period when Collin Rutherford converted after a Buckeye turnover behind the net.
  • Just 28 seconds into the second period Cooper Connell put Bentley up 2-0, scoring from the far post.
  • Buckeye freshman Mason Lohrei notched his first career goal 16 seconds later, picking up a clearing attempt and putting a shot through traffic from the left wing.
  • Neither team was able to score the rest of the way.
  • With 3:44 left in the third the Buckeyes appeared to tie the game on a Tate Singleton goal, but Bentley challenged for offside and the play was overturned after video review.
  • The Buckeyes skated with the net empty for the final 1:15, but could not find the back of the net. A Falcon penalty in the offensive zone with 17 seconds remaining gave the Buckeyes one last faceoff by the Bentley net. Ohio State controlled the draw and had a shot, but put it wide.
  • Buckeye goalie Ryan Snowden had 23 saves on 25 shots and the Buckeyes had 35 shots on net. Bentley blocked 21 Ohio State shot attempts. Dominic Vidoli and Ryan O’Connell each had two shot blocks for the Scarlet and Gray.
  • Both teams were perfect on the penalty kill – Ohio State was 3-for-3 and Bentley was 2-for-2.
  • The Buckeyes were 34-17 on faceoffs, led by Jake Wise who was 12-4.

This and That

  • Freshmen Cam Thiesing, Gosha Merkulov and Mason Lohrei made their Buckeye debuts, as did transfers Jake Wise, Eric Cooley and Will Riedell. Rookie goalies Jakub Dobes and Reilly Herbst were both dressed but did not see playing time.
  • The game was the first between the Buckeyes and Bentley in Waltham, Mass.

Freshman Mason Lohrei notched his first collegiate goal in the second period.