BOWLING GREEN, Ohio. – The Bowling Green State University ice hockey team lost to Ohio State Friday night, falling to the Buckeyes by a score of 1-0. The Falcons were held scoreless for the first time this season, while freshman goaltender Tommy Burke (1-2-0) stopped a career high 27-of-28 shots in the loss.
Both teams were held off the board with the man advantage, with the Falcons going 0-for-5, and Ohio State going 0-for-3.
The Buckeyes came out firing in the first CCHA game of the season, taking the opening faceoff into the Falcons' end for a scoring chance. Sophomore Ryan Dzingel skated through the middle of the Bowling Green defense off the draw, and fired a shot on Burke in the first 10 seconds of play. The puck squeezed through, but the official's whistle blew before it could cross the goal line.
Dzingel would get a second opportunity just eight minutes later, securing another chance right off a faceoff in the Bowling Green zone.
Junior Brett Mohler lined up with Dzingel to the right of the Bowling Green crease, before both centers locked at the puck drop. Dzingel broke free from the tangle, and was able to fire a shot through Burke's arm for his second goal of the season.
Dzingel's marker at 8:33 would prove to be the game winner, as the Falcons were unable to solve Buckeye senior goaltender Brady Hjelle for the remainder of the contest.
Ohio State outshot the Falcons by a total of 28-25, giving the Falcons a record of 1-3-0 when failing to outshoot their opponent.
Bowling Green's 1-0 loss marked the first time since Feb. 25, 2012 that the Falcons have been held scoreless, a 3-0 loss to Michigan at the BGSU Ice Arena last season.
The Falcons have now failed to defeat Ohio State in regulation in 12-straight games, dating back to Feb. 1, 2008.
The loss drops the Falcons' overall record to 1-4-1, with a record of 0-1-0-0 in conference action. The Buckeyes are now 2-2-1 overall, with a record of 1-0-0-0 in CCHA play.
Bowling Green is right back in action Saturday night, facing off against Ohio State in the second game of the series. The puck is set to drop at 7:05 p.m.