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
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.”
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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.