COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to instate foe Bowling Green, 8-2, Friday in a nonconference game in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes (3-2) and Falcons (5-1) will end the weekend series at 7:07 p.m. Saturday in Slater Family Ice Arena in Bowling Green.
The Short Story
Bowling Green jumped out to a 3-0 lead less than six minutes into the game, with a power play goal at 2:19, even strength tally at 4:13 and shorthanded score at 5:59. The Falcons added a second tally with the extra man at 11:24 to carry a 4-0 lead into the first intermission.
The Falcons added three goals in the second, with power play goals at 6:35 and 17:06 (completing a Max Johnson hat trick) sandwiched around an even strength score.
In the third, Buckeye senior Mason Jobst broke up the shutout with a goal at 6:07, assisted by Carson Meyer and Freddy Gerard. John Wiitala scored a power play goal 47 seconds later, converting a pass from freshman Gustaf Westlund, with Gordi Myer posting the second helper. The final goal came shorthanded by the Falcons at 11:37.
Shots and Special Teams
Ohio State outshot Bowling Green, 33-28. Starter Sean Romeo (4 goals allowed, 4 saves), Tommy Nappier (2 goals allowed, 5 saves) and Evan Moyse (2 goals allowed, 11 saves) all saw time in the Buckeye net.
BG won the special teams battle, going 4-for-8 with the man advantage and stopping 7-of-8 Ohio State chances.
Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik
On how the game got away so quickly
“They scored at 2:19, 4:13 and 5:39. That can’t happen when you’re trying to win a hockey game. They were the better team tonight all the way around. We lost to a better team.”
On discipline in the game
“We took more penalties in tonight’s game than probably the whole first half of the season last year. Stuff like that can’t happen and that starts with me so things have to get corrected. It’s okay to fall behind teams but you can’t take penalties and put yourself further in a hole and that’s what we did tonight.”
Buckeye This and That
The Schedule Ahead
The game wrapped up a three-game homestand for the Buckeyes. The squad will play its next five games on the road. After the game at BG Saturday, Ohio State travels for a series at Notre Dame Nov. 2-3 and two games at Colgate Nov. 10-11. The team will be back in Value City Arena Nov. 16-17 to host Wisconsin.