|1st||8:41||BGS||1-0||EV||Brent Tate (2)||Tyler Spezia/1, Dajon Mingo/4|
|3rd||15:28||OSU||1-1||EV||Matthew Weis (1)||Sam Jardine/4|
|3rd||18:26||OSU||2-1||EV||Tyler Lundey (1)||Craig Dalrymple/1, Christian Lampasso/2|
|3rd||18:44||BGS||2-2||EV||Brent Tate (3)||Ben Murphy/4|
|3rd||19:26||OSU||3-2||EV GW||Anthony Greco (5)||Matthew Weis/6|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Ohio State (3-5-1)||0/4||2/4||0|
|Bowling Green (7-3-1)||0/1||7/25||0|
|Ohio State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Matt Tomkins (W, 2-3-1)||59:29||2||5||11||9||25|
|Bowling Green Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Tommy Burke (L, 3-2-1)||59:35||3||8||4||9||21|
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - In front of a record-crowd of 5,353 at the BGSU Ice Arena, No. 19 Bowling Green dropped a 3-2 decision to Ohio State in the dying moments of the game. The attendance broke the pervious high of 5,031, which was set on Feb. 25, 2012 against Michigan.
Junior forward Brent Tate scored both of the Falcons' goals - including the game-tying tally with 1:16 remaining - but Ohio State's Anthony Greco scored the game-winning goal with 34 seconds on the clock to give the Buckeyes the win. Junior goaltender Tommy Burke turned away 21-of-24 shots on the evening.
"I want to thank all the fans for coming out to support us," Bergeron said. "It was a great crowd and hopefully they all will come back."
Tate echoed the statements from his head coach. "The fans were unbelievable tonight. Ohio State in our building - there's nothing better than that, and it was one of the best crowds I've ever played in front of."
The Orange and Brown fall to 7-3-1, while Ohio State improves to 3-5-1. Bowling Green outshot Ohio State, 27-24, and held the Buckeyes scoreless across four power play attempts.
The final five minutes of the game were nothing short of frenetic, as four of the game's five goals were registered.
Ohio State tied the game at 1-1 at the 15:28 mark, but Bowling Green answered quickly. Ben Murphy gained control of the puck in the Buckeye zone, skated near the left corner and found an open Tate. Tate then fired a wrist shot past goaltender Matt Tomkins, who stopped 25-of-27 shot attempts. The puck deflected off the far post before finding the back of the cage.
With the crowd in a frenzy, Ohio State earned a face-off in the Falcon zone with less than a minute remaining. After winning the draw, Ohio State fired a shot on goal. A mad scramble in front of the net then ensued, but Bowling Green was not able to clear the puck before Greco lit-the-lamp.
The Falcons skated out to early lead in the first period, as Tate tallied his first goal of the night at the 8:41 mark of the first period. After receiving the puck from Dajon Mingo, Tyler Spezia bolted into the Buckeye zone and wristed a shot on frame that was denied by Tomkins. Tate followed up the play nicely, however, and was in the right spot at the right time to bang home the rebound.
"He brings energy to us and brings a scoring touch to our team," Bergeron said of Tate. "He did just that tonight."
The Falcons were then able to control the play well into the third period. Bowling Green limited Ohio State to just 12 shots through the first two frames, while Burke made several key stops throughout the night. Burke stopped an Ohio State breakaway with 2:49 remaining in the second, recorded back-to-back saves just five minutes into the third, and made a key blocker stop with 5:02 left on the clock.
Bowling Green battled hard defensively throughout the entire contest, blocking a total of 20 shots. Mike Sullivan led the way with five, while Mitchell McLain, Mark Friedman, Nolan Valleau and Ben Murphy recorded two apiece. Jose Delgadillo, Jakob Reichert, Spezia and Tate all recorded plus one on-ice ratings.
The Falcons and Buckeyes will conclude the home-and-home series tomorrow night at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The puck is set to drop at 7:05 p.m.