|3rd||10:05||BGS||1-0||EV GW||Mark Cooper (2)||-|
|3rd||17:50||BGS||2-0||EV||Matt Pohlkamp (2)||Sean Walker/1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Ohio State (0-2-0)||0/6||3/6||0|
|Bowling Green (2-0-0)||0/3||6/12||0|
|Ohio State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Matt Tomkins (L, 0-1-0)||57:54||2||8||11||9||28|
|Bowling Green Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Chris Nell (W, 1-0-0)||59:46||0||12||5||8||25|
The No. 16 Bowling Green State University hockey team completed a home-and-home sweep of the Ohio State Buckeyes with a 2-0 victory on Saturday at the BGSU Ice Arena. Sophomore goalie Chris Nell made 25 saves for the Falcons' first shutout of the Buckeyes since another 2-0 victory on Jan. 7, 2006.
"Full credit to Ohio State," BGSU head coach Chris Bergeron said. "They responded to yesterday's game and came out hard. If it wasn't for Chris Nell, it would have been different."
During the first 20 minutes, Ohio State was able to control the puck and keep it on their side of the rink for much of the period. The Falcons' defense withstood eight of the first ten shots on goal, including a flurry during Ohio State's initial power play when Braden Pears was called for tripping.
The BGSU offense created several opportunities during the final few minutes of the frame and was in the midst of their first power play when the first period ended. Ohio State held a 12-8 advantage in shots on goal at the buzzer.
The defensive stalemate continued through the second period and much of the third, and the Falcons were forced into penalty kill mode several times. However, as they did so successfully last season, BGSU completely shut down Ohio State on the power play.
The Buckeyes had three power play chances in the second period and two more in the third, including one 5-on-3 chance, but they failed to convert a single one. Overall, they had a much more difficult time attacking the net. After getting 12 shots on Falcon goaltender Chris Nell in the first period, they had only 13 for the remainder of the game. Only five of those came in the second 20 minutes.
The Falcons had only three power play opportunities during the contest. Although they were not successful in turning those into goals, their offense constantly attacked Buckeye goalie Matt Tomkins. The Falcons took 11 shots in the second period and 11 more in the third.
BGSU finally broke into the scoring column at the 10:05 mark of the third period when Mark Cooper carried the puck up the right side and fired a shot around a charging Ben Murphy. His shot seemed to hit an Ohio State skate and skip past Tomkins to break the scoreless tie.
The Falcons lit the lamp again to seal the victory with 2:10 remaining in the game. This time, Sean Walker dug a puck out of the defensive zone and found Matt Pohlkamp, who carried the puck in much the same fashion as Cooper earlier. His rocket caromed off the underside of the top post and bounced home for his second goal of the year.
Nell saved 25 shots for his fourth career shutout. He moves into a five-way tie for third place on BGSU's all-time list, just three behind the co-leaders, Andrew Hammond and Tyler Masters. Nell, in fact, moves to 2-0 in his two seasons against Ohio State, earning two of his seven career wins against the Buckeyes.
"Chris is a soft-spoken guy," Bergeron said. "But there's a fire in him. He looked on top of it from the beginning."
Redshirt senior Dajon Mingo played in his 100th game as a Falcon tonight. He joins Murphy and Cooper as the only active BGSU players to reach the century mark in games played.
Bowling Green is now 2-0-0 for the first time since the 2004-05 season and returns to the road to continue a five-game-in-eight-day stretch to open the season. The Falcons will be at Western Michigan Tuesday for a 7 pm start. Following that, the Falcons will travel to New York for weekend games at Canisius and RIT. After a week off, BGSU travels north to face Alaska Anchorage before finally returning home Nov. 6-7 for a pair of games against conference foe Lake Superior State.