BOWLING GREEN, Ohio. - Four unanswered goals propelled the Bowling Green State University ice hockey team's comeback over the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday night (Oct. 15), defeating the Scarlet and Gray 4-3. Playing in front of 2,752 Falcon faithful at the BGSU Ice Arena, the Falcons (1-1-1) saw three different players score goals, while sophomore Tommy Burke turned away 25-of-28 shots throughout the night.
Sophomore forward Ben Murphy led the way for the Falcons, scoring two goals on the night. Bowling Green also got goals from senior Bryce Williamson and junior defenseman Connor Kucera. On the night, the Falcons went 2-for-6 on the power play, and went 7-of-8 on the penalty kill.
It was Ohio State (0-3-0) that was able to light the lamp for the first three times in the game, with the first coming at the 2:41 mark in the first period. After a Falcon penalty, the Buckeyes took the faceoff and, what seemed to be an attempt to dump the puck behind the net, awkwardly took a Buckeye friendly bounce off the boards.
Burke went behind the net to stop the puck from wrapping around, however, the puck bounced right in front of the net as freshman forward Nick Schilkey was there for the first goal of the night, giving Ohio State an early 1-0 lead.
Ohio State kept the pressure on Bowling Green in the second frame, scoring two more goals in the first 10:03 of the period. Two even-strength goals by the Buckeyes gave them a 3-0 advantage, the Falcons largest deficit of the season.
However, the Orange and Brown showed the same resiliency throughout the first two games of the season. Trailing by three, Bowling Green soared back. With 8:02 remaining in the second period, Williamson lit-the-lamp for the first time in the game. After creating a turnover in the neutral zone, Williamson collected the puck and went into the Orange and Brown's attacking zone and fired the puck past the Ohio State's goaltender, cutting the lead to 3-1.
Bowling Green then stuck again later in the frame, lighting the lamp with 2:08 left in the second period. In a game that saw a total of 24 penalties, the Falcons' took advantage of their second opportunity of the night. Bowling Green worked the puck around the blue line until Williamson sent a pass in front of the crease to find a waiting Murphy for the power-play goal.
Murphy corralled the puck in the scum near the net and sent it past the Buckeyes' netminder. The goal cut the Ohio State lead to 3-2 as they entered the third period.
With momentum on their side, it was no surprise that the Orange and Brown came out aggressive in the final period.
Bowling Green struck the back of the net only 3:07 into the final frame to tie the game at 3-all. Kucera received a pass from junior forward Dan DeSalvo, and sent the slapper on a one-timer into the back of the net, giving the fans a new game with 16:53 remaining.
Quickly after, the Falcons scored once more. Only 23 seconds after tying the game, Bowling Green took advantage of an Ohio State penalty, and netted the game-winning goal with 16:30 left in the third period. After winning the faceoff, sophomore defenseman Ralfs Freibergs sent a pass to Murphy for the one-timer for the Falcons' second power-play goal of the night, completing the comeback with four straight goals.
It was the first time since 2008 that Bowling Green defeated Ohio State, after going 1-12-3 over the last 16 meetings.
The Orange and Brown will return home for a two-game set this weekend, welcoming non-conference opponent Colgate University to the BGSU Ice Arena (Oct. 18-19). Both games are scheduled to begin at 7:07 p.m. Bowling Green will then have the following week off before heading to Columbus, Ohio to take on Ohio State at the Value City Arena on Oct. 29.