|Upated 6:15 a.m., Falcon hockey edges Ohio State (10-15-13)|
|Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor|
|Tuesday, 15 October 2013 21:47|
The Falcons scored the game’s final four goals for a 4-3 nonleague win over arch-rival Ohio State in the Ice Arena.
The BG goals came in the final 29 minutes, erasing a 3-0 deficit.
The last two came in the third period — Connor Kucera tied the game with 16:53 remaining and Ben Murphy scored the game-winner just 23 seconds later. BOX SCORE PHOTO GALLERY
BG used a little of everything to rebound from a disappointing final 65 minutes in its season-opening series at Union over the weekend.
Against OSU, the Falcons:
• Received quality leadership and strong games from seniors Bryce Williamson, Cam Wojtala and Brett Mohler; and juniors Adam Berkle and Dan DeSalvo.
• Enjoyed excellent goaltending from Tommy Burke, even though he was victimized by a strange bounce off the glass on the first goal; and then giving up two goals he probably should have stopped. The sophomore made 11 saves in the third period and was especially sharp against three OSU power plays after BG took its 4-3 lead.
• Were solid killing penalties. BG allowed a fluke power-play goal on the weird bounce on OSU’s first attempt, but was 7-for-7 after that.
• Were dangerous on the power play. BG was 2-of-6 with the extra man and had other chances. Murphy scored both of his goals on the power play.
• Received a lift from the return of injured forward Brent Tate and suspended forward Dajon Mingo. BG still was without its top-line center Ryan Carpenter, who is out indefinitely with a broken finger.
• Benefitted from a huge spark throughout the night from a lively crowd of 2,752 that included 1,300 students. The game was BG’s home-opener.
The Falcons are 1-1-1 overall after playing a 3-3 tie and dropping a 5-2 decision to Union. OSU fell to 0-3.
“Everyone stayed consistent. With our group, there’s a ton of fight,” Murphy said. “The mood was even keel. Guys kept fighting. Coach kept saying stay at the level we’re at and we’d bounce back.”
The Buckeyes built their 3-0 lead on goals from Nick Schilkey at 17:19 of the first period, and Justin DaSilva at 2:21 and Darik Angeli at 10:03 of the second period.
“The message at 3-0 was we were playing better than the score indicated, stay with the process,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said. “We try to focus on the process with our team, not the result. Our process wasn’t that bad. The resiliency piece and the fight piece is something we’ve developed. We’d rather not get down three goals if we can avoid that, but that was in the cards.”
But Williamson finally sparked BG, cutting OSU’s lead to 3-1 just 1:55 after Angeli’s goal. Williamson scored from the deep slot during a 4-on-4.
The 4-on-4 resulted after DeSalvo’s boarding penalty at 11:22 and OSU’s Max McCormick’s unsportsmanlike conduct 13 seconds later. The DeSalvo penalty wiped out a BG goal. Had OSU scored on the power play from DeSalvo’s penalty, it would have led 4-0 and the game most likely would have been over.
“I don’t think anyone on our team had doubts,” Murphy said. “When you get a bounce like first goal, you’re rolling. You feed off that.”
Williamson gained control of the puck behind the net and passed in front to Murphy, who scored to make it 3-2 with 2:08 left in the second period.
Kucera scored with a bad-angle slap shot from deep on the right side to tie the game.
Murphy then won a faceoff in the left circle of the offensive zone back to Ralf Freibergs.
Freibergs quickly fed the puck back down to Murphy, who was headed to the net. Using Tate as a screen, Murphy scored from the circle.
BG beat OSU for the first time since Feb. 1, 2008, going 0-10-3 in that span. BG’s win was its first at home against OSU since Jan. 7, 2006. The Falcons were 0-7-3 in that span.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 09:32|
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