BOWLING GREEN – The Bowling Green State University ice hockey team tied Ohio State, 3-3, Saturday night, eventually defeating the Buckeyes in a CCHA shootout. Rusty Hafner, Mark Cooper and Brett Mohler scored in regulation, while freshman Tommy Burke stopped 21-of-24 shots.
Similar to Friday's contest, both teams were held scoreless on the power play. The Buckeyes and Falcons were both 0-for-2 in the game.
Bowling Green opened the game on fire, scoring the first goal of the contest just under four minutes into the first period.
Sophomore Adam Berkle carried the puck through the neutral zone, before crossing into the Ohio State end. Berkle stopped, and found Hafner jumping up into the play. Hafner accepted a pass in the slot, and fired home his first collegiate goal to give Bowling Green the 1-0 lead.
The Falcons failed to score for the remainder of the opening frame, despite holding a 15-6 shot advantage in the period.
Bowling Green would, however, strike again in the opening minutes of the second, thanks to Cooper's third goal of the season at even strength.
Ryan Carpenter won the draw in the Buckeyes' zone, getting the puck to Dan DeSalvo in the circle. DeSalvo turned and found Cooper to the right of the faceoff dot, where he fired home a wrist shot to put the score at 2-0 in favor of Bowling Green.
Midway through the second period, the Buckeyes went on an offensive run, scoring three straight goals in just over three minutes of play. Matt Johnson (10:03), Tanner Fritz (10:51) and Tyler Lundey (13:16) all lit the lamp for Ohio State, giving the Buckeyes a 3-2 lead heading into the final period.
With just under eight minutes left to play in the game, the Falcons tied the contest, 3-3, thanks to an unassisted goal from Mohler at even strength.
Mohler collected the puck in the Falcons' endoff a turnover, and carried it all the way through the neutral zone. Mohler crossed the OSU blue line, and made a cut towards the Buckeye cage. Using the defenseman as a screen, Mohler fired the puck at Ohio State goaltender Collin Olson. The shot beat Olson high, tying the contest at 3-3.
Both goalies held strong for the remainder of the third period and overtime, sending the game to a CCHA shootout.
The teams cycled through the first three rounds without scoring a goal, sending the shootout to a sudden death situation.
DeSalvo took the puck for Bowling Green in the final round, converging on the OSU net. DeSalvo waited, and fired a shot low blocker side to beat Olson, and put the game in Burke's hands.
Ohio State sent junior Alex Szczechura to center ice, looking to even the shootout at 1-1. Szczechura skated towards the Falcon cage, but lost control of the puck before ever getting a quality chance. Burke pushed away the offering, giving the Falcons the shootout win.
The Falcons are now 1-4-2 overall, with a record of 0-1-1-1 in CCHA play. The tie puts the Buckeyes' record at 2-2-2 overall, with a record of 1-0-1 in conference action.
The Falcons hit the ice next weekend in a home-and-home series against the Michigan State Spartans. The puck is set to drop at 5:05 p.m. on Nov. 2 in East Lansing, before returning to Bowling Green for the second game of the series the following night.