October 27, 2018

No. 4 Buckeyes Skate to 2-2 Overtime Tie at No. 15 Bowling Green

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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – With two points from both Carson Meyer and Freddy Gerard and 28 saves from Tommy Nappier, the No. 4-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team tied No. 15 Bowling Green, 2-2 in overtime, Saturday in Slater Family Ice Arena. The game closed out the weekend series between the Buckeyes (3-2-1) and Falcons (5-1-1).

The Short Story

Ohio State scored 6:45 into the game, with Carson Meyer opening the scoring, and carried the lead until 1:17 into the third when Bowling Green scored on an unassisted breakaway. The Falcons took a 2-1 lead at 15:10 of the third with a power play goal, but less than two minutes later Buckeye seniors Mason Jobst and Freddy Gerard combined for a 2-on-1 goal to tie the game at two, with Gerard scoring at 17:02. Neither team was able to score the rest of the way, including a five-minute sudden death overtime. Buckeye sophomore goalie Tommy Nappier had 28 saves in the win, including 13 in the third period and three in overtime. Meyer and Gerard each had an assist in the game for two-point nights.

The Buckeye Goals

  • Sasha Larocque passed to Freddy Gerard in the neutral zone. He found Carson Meyer down the wing and his shot beat the goalie high on the glove side at 6:45 of the first.
  • Wyatt Ege sent the puck to Carson Meyer in the neutral zone. He touch-passed it off the boards to Jobst down the right wing, creating a 2-on-1. He waited out the defenseman and passed to Gerard in the slot, with Gerard lifting the puck over the goalie to deadlock the score at 17:02.

Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik

“It could have gone one of two ways after last night at home. I thought our guys came out and had a great response, especially in the first period. I see glimpses of what we can be and we just have to keep working at it. That’s a really good hockey team we played tonight.”

Quoting Buckeye senior forward Freddy Gerard

“I thought tonight we bounced back well and came out strong. We still couldn’t piece our game together for a full 60 minutes but we saw some signs of how good we can be. Going into Notre Dame will be another good test for us. We have to be ready to work this week and continue to come together as a team.”

 

Shots and Blocked Shots

  • Buckeye sophomore Tommy Nappier had 28 saves in 65 minutes. He is now 2-0-1 on the year, with a 1.40 goals-against average and .929 save percentage.
  • The Buckeyes blocked 14 shots in the game, with Gordi Myer, Quinn Preston and Matt Miller each blocking two. In all, 11 Buckeyes had at least one shot block.
  • Ohio State was outshot for the first time this season, held to a season-low 25 shots on goal.

Buckeye This and That

  • Mason Jobst now has 134 career points and leads all active NCAA players in career points. He is second on the team with six points this year and has a point in all but one game.
  • Carson Meyer had his third multiple-point game of the season and has a team-high four goals and seven points.
  • Freddy Gerard had his first two-point game of the year.
  • The game was the Buckeyes’ first in overtime this season.

The Schedule Ahead

The Buckeyes opened a stretch of five consecutive road games with the tilt at Bowling Green. Ohio State travels for a series at Notre Dame next weekend to open Big Ten play and then has two games at Colgate Nov. 10-11. The team will be back in Value City Arena Nov. 16-17 to host Wisconsin.