Oct. 15, 1999
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State hockey team lost a one-goal lead in the third period Friday night in Value City Arena, eventually falling 4-2 to Western Michigan in front of 6,794 fans.
OSU led 2-1 with 20 minutes to play, but WMU scored twice in less than a minute to forge ahead for good.
Western Michigan scored first at the 11:57 mark of the first period with a five-on-four advantage. Left wing Steve Rymsha wrestled away an OSU defenseman and backhanded a rebounded shot past Ray Aho’s left side. The goal was assisted by Daryl Andrews and Brent Mills. OSU could not muster a shot on goal in the first 13 minutes of the first period, and were outshot 13-6 overall in the first frame.
Ohio State seemed to take control of the game in the second period. The Buckeyes scored a pair of goals in less than three minutes to take a 2-1 lead. OSU outshot WMU 11-6 in the second period. Ryan Jestadt scored the first goal on a long slapshot assisted by Jean-Francois Dufour and Nic Boileau. At the 9:32 mark, Vinnie Grant gave Ohio State the lead with a wrist shot goal during a five-on-three situation.
Western Michigan regained the lead for good early in the third period. Brett Mills tied the game at the 4:47 mark during a four-on-four situation. The Buckeyes ran into bad luck less than a minute later when a WMU pass was redirected off OSU’s Andre Signoretti’s skate and past Ray Aho for the game-winner. Mike Bishai was credited with the goal for the Broncos.
David Gove added a late empty-netter to seal the game for Western Michigan, which improved to 1-1-1. OSU evens to 2-2-0, including 1-2-0 in the CCHA. The teams will meet Saturday at 7:05 p.m., and the game can be heard live on ohiostatebuckeyes.com.
OSU went converted on 1-of-6 power-play opportunities, while WMU connected on 2-of-9 opportunities. Ohio State has now scored at least one power-play goal in each game this season. The Buckeyes were whistled for 12 penalties, while the Broncos were tagged for just eight. For the game, WMU outshot Ohio State 29-26. Senior Ryan Skaleski played in his 100th career game Friday against the Broncos.