|1st||10:59||BGS||1-0||EV||Mike Sullivan (1)||Jakob Reichert/3|
|1st||15:28||OSU||1-1||EV||Josh Healey (1)||Tyler Lundey/1|
|2nd||17:32||BGS||2-1||PP||Sean Walker (1)||Dan DeSalvo/4, Pierre-Luc Mercier/8|
|3rd||16:33||OSU||2-2||EV||Nick Schilkey (1)||Sam Jardine/5|
|3rd||17:20||BGS||3-2||EV GW||Brandon Hawkins (4)||Mike Sullivan/4|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Bowling Green (8-3-1)||1/7||4/8||0|
|Ohio State (3-6-1)||0/3||7/14||0|
|Bowling Green Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Chris Nell (W, 3-0-0)||60:00||2||13||1||13||27|
|Ohio State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Christian Frey (L, 1-3-0)||58:41||3||7||9||11||27|
Columbus, Ohio - The Bowling Green State University ice hockey team defeated Ohio State University on Saturday (Nov. 15) night, 3-2, earning a nonconference home-and-home weekend series split with the Buckeyes. Playing in front of 5,075 fans at the Value City Arena, Bowling Green received goals from Mike Sullivan, Sean Walker and Brandon Hawkins, while freshman Chris Nell (3-0-0) turned away 27-of-29 shots on the night.
With the win, 19th-ranked BGSU improved to 8-3-1 overall, and dropped Ohio State to 3-6-1 on the season. In addition, the victory marked the first time the Falcons defeated the Buckeyes at the Value City Arena since Feb. 1, 2008 in a 5-2 triumph over the Scarlet and Grey.
The Falcons scored the game's first goal at the 10:59 mark into the opening period, coming off the stick of Sullivan at even strength. The junior defenseman gathered a pass from freshman Jakob Reichert near the right point. The Toronto, Ontario native fired a shot that sailed top shelf to find the back of the cage, netting his first goal of the season and giving the Orange and Brown an early 1-0 lead.
The Buckeyes answered, tying the game at 1-1 with 4:32 remaining in the first period. Ohio State's Tyler Lundey won an offensive zone faceoff and sent it back to a waiting Josh Healey at the left point. Healey, who hails from Edmonton, Alberta, sent a shot past Nell for his first goal of the season.
The score remained true for the rest of the period, as Bowling Green killed off both Ohio State power play opportunities over the first 20 minutes of action. The Buckeyes outshot the Falcons by a 14-8 margin in the period, but Nell kept the game deadlocked at 1-1 with a huge penalty save midway through the opening act.
"I came out and was trying not to overcommit," Nell said. "He shot it kind of early, right at my pad and reached to it."
"He hadn't played in a while. To see him play the way we played tonight, it's got to be a confidence boost for Chris (Nell)," Bergeron said.
Both teams put on a tough, grind-out performance in the second period of the game. The Falcons dominated the shot department, outshooting the Buckeyes by a 10-1 margin. Bowling Green capitalized on four power play opportunities in the period, breaking a 1-1 tie with a 5-on-3 power-play goal with 2:28 remaining in the second period.
The Orange and Brown quickly moved the puck around the blue line before senior captain Dan DeSalvo sent a touch pass to Walker at the center point. With a screen in front, Walker fired a slap shot towards Frey and lit-the-lamp for the first time this season to give BGSU a 2-1 lead.
For the second straight night, Ohio State tied the game last in the game, scoring the equalizer at 16:33 to tie the game for the second time on the evening.
However, the Falcons' resiliency showed once again, scoring at even strength just 43 seconds after the Buckeyes tied the game at 2-2.
"We were able to close the door a little bit," Bergeron said. "It's a gutsy win for sure."
Hawkins, who entered the game with seven total points, took a pass off the glass from Sullivan in stride and sent a low wrister past Frey for the game-winning goal at 17:20. The goal marked Hawkins' first collegiate game-winning goal, and marked his fourth on the season.
"We were trying together on the defensive end. We take pride in our defensive play and once we got that covered, we played our game," Bergeron said. "That took all of the momentum. That kid (Nell) is an absolute stud."
Bowling Green outshot the Buckeyes on the night, 30-29 -including a dominating 10-1 second period-, and scored the only power-play goal in the tilt. The Orange and Brown went 1-for-7 on the power play, while killing off 3-for-3 power play chances for OSU. Dating back to Nov. 7 against Alaska, BGSU has killed off 13 straight opposing power play opportunities.
"We've had really good third periods this year. We had a good period tonight," Bergeron said. "It's nice to see us respond and rally that way."
The Falcons will return to the BGSU Ice Arena next weekend (Nov. 21-22), playing host to Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) foe Bemidji State at the BGSU Ice Arena. The two-game series will mark the first meeting between the two teams since the Orange and Brown swept the Beavers to clinch home ice for the first round of the 2014 WCHA Playoffs. Opening face-off is scheduled to begin at 7:07 p.m.