After losing at Bowling Green Oct. 15, the Ohio State men’s hockey team got revenge with a 5-3 win Tuesday night.
Bowling Green opened up the scoring early, just under three minutes into the game. The goal came from junior forward Dan DeSalvo, off a deflection.
The Buckeyes were able to retaliate late in the first period with a goal from freshman forward David Gust, the first of his career. Junior forwards Nick Oddo and Ryan Dzingel received their third and fifth assists of the season, respectively, on the play.
Ohio State was able to take the lead with just under three minutes left in the second period. Dzingel scored his first goal of the season and was assisted by junior forward, Darik Angeli, his second on the year.
Dzingel said he was glad to finally score, but the team win is more important.
“I’ve been a bit frustrated, but it’s good to get the monkey off my back,” Dzingel said in a press conference after the game. “I’m just glad we got a close to 60 minute game and got the win.”
The third period saw a myriad of goals, as the lead bounced between the two teams. BGSU was able to tie the game twice with goals by freshman forward Ben Murphy and senior forward Bryce Williamson. In the end OSU was able to pull back into the lead with goals by Oddo and junior forward Chad Niddery. Angeli added a fifth goal after the Falcons pulled their goalie in the final minute.
Coach Steve Rohlik said he was proud of his guys for “hanging in there.”
“It’s another night our guys find a way to win in a tough hockey game,” Rohlik said after the game. “I give our guys credit for hanging in there, and finding a way to win a hockey game.”
Niddery said the depth of the team is a positive to putting up many goals, thus far, this season.
“You need guys scoring from first line all the way down to fourth,” Niddery said after the game. “For our line especially, we’re good at energy and if we can help out in any way possible that’s huge.”
Up next, the Buckeyes are set to play a two-game series with Minnesota Duluth, starting Friday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.