Hockey scores goal 3 in final 2 to win game 1 against Oklahoma

By John Kocis

Friday October 12- The number one seeded Division I club hockey team, the Ohio Bobcats, faced off against the number four seeded Oklahoma Sooners in Bird Arena earlier tonight, it was the first of two games that the two teams will play this weekend.

Ohio jumped out of the gates quickly when James Howard assisted a Nick Rostek goal just over two minutes into the first period. After that, the Bobcats were very conservative in moving the puck up the ice. After having five of the first seven shots on goal, the Bobcats were outshot by the Sooners 11-5 to end the first period. Later in the first, Sooner Joe Adams shot a puck that was deflected into the Bobcat goal, tying the score at 1-1. After that, the Sooners scored another goal to go up 2-1 before the end of the first period.

In the second period, Ohio had three power plays, but all three were killed by Oklahoma. Through the entire period, the Bobcats only posted three shots on goal, compared to the Sooners nine. The Ohio offense looked timid at times and played the power plays extremely conservatively, sometimes struggling to advance the puck onto the Sooners’ side of the ice. Oklahoma was in control throughout the period, as they were for the majority of the game.

As the second period ended, a fight with 38.9 seconds left on the clock resulted in another Bobcats power play. After the intermission, Ohio came out aggressively, having two shots on goal in the first three minutes of the period, one of them, a score from Michael Harris and assisted by Nathan De La Torre to even the game at two scores a piece.

The Bobcats created scoring opportunities throughout the third period and goalie Fedor Dushkin had a key save with 6:04 left in the period to give the Bobcats a sense of momentum for the first time since the beginning of the game.

With 1:45 left in the game, Tyler Pilmore scored a breakaway, go-ahead goal that capped the Bobcats’ 3-2 come-from-behind victory. The two opponents will play again tomorrow night at 7:30 in Bird Arena.

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Tettleton breaks school record as Ohio eliminates Akron in Homecoming game

By Taylor Greik

Ohio concluded a very eventful homecoming week for Ohio Bobcats by beating the Akron Zips 34-28 in Mid-American Conference play on Saturday. Ohio was matched up against an Akron offense that was ranked in the top ten in the nation and performed in front of a crowd of 25,542 fans. It was the second largest crowd in Ohio’s school history.

The story of Ohio’s season so far has been there notoriously slow starts and their weak defensive play. In this game, both of those issues seemed to be taken care of right from the start. Ohio jumped out to a 14-0 lead on the Zips in the first quarter including two touchdowns from quarterback Tyler Tettleton. The first of Tettleton’s two touchdowns was a 39 yard reception from Landon Smith on a reverse pass.

“We got an early start, which is something that we have really not done all year long, so that was obviously very pleasing” said coach Frank Solich after the game. It was the first time in conference play this year that Ohio did not have to play from behind, which seemed to play a major role in their win over Akron.

Tettleton’s second touchdown in the first quarter was significant, not just for Ohio to grab a commanding lead early, but it was also his 39th career passing touchdown, which broke the school record, previously set by Boo Jackson.

“I’m just glad that it’s over with now and we can stop talking about it,” said Tettleton. “I’m just glad that we got the win today”.

Tettleton played an efficient and clean game as he was 13-27 passing for 150 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed for 65 yards on 12 carries.

Ohio’s rushing attack was a major factor in their success against Akron on Saturday. As a team, Ohio ran for 289 yards on 53 total carries. Beau Blankenship and Ryan Boykin split the carries for the second straight week as Blankenship rushed for 108 yards on 17 carries and Boykin carried the ball 19 times for a total of 96 yards. Boykin also contributed to the cause with a third quarter touchdown.

Blankenship’s play since he has had to split more carries with Ryan Boykin has still benefited regardless of the number of carries.

“It’s good having someone coming in, being fresh and get some great stuff done,” said Blankenship. “Our styles are different and they complement each other and it’s good that we have that.”

Ohio was really able to slow down Akron with their running game by sustaining long and effective drives. Ohio had a touchdown drive that went 11 plays for 96 yards, in which Beau Blankenship rushed for 78 of those 96 yards. On the ensuing Bobcat drive, Ryan Boykin received all of the carries and racked up 48 yards on a 75 yard Ohio drive.

“Our pass game was struggling a little bit, but coach was just calling the run plays and they were opening up”, said Ohio running back Ryan Boykin, “he told me we were gonna go fast and we did that and the defense I don’t think could keep up”.

Boykin also said afterwards, “It helped in the long run because it was winding the clock down and that’s what we gotta do to get the W”.

The Bobcats might have gotten off to a fast start, but they began to slow down defensively in the second half as Akron began to cut into Ohio’s 20-7 halftime lead. They opened the half with a nine play, 75 yard touchdown drive to make it 20-14. Ohio’s defense started out well in the first half, but they went back to their woeful play in the second half as Akron accumulated 456 yards of total offense. Quarterback Dalton Williams was just two yards shy of 300 yards on the day and Jawon Chisholm racked up 177 rushing yards out of the backfield.

“It was a game that had its ups and downs” said coach Solich on Ohio’s play, “I think we controlled their passing game….a little bit”.

Ohio’s defense was sufficient enough in the end, as the Bobcats were able to hold off Akron’s second half rally. After their 34-28 victory over Akron, Ohio now heads into their bye week at 7-0 and 3-0 in the MAC. This was a much needed week off, as the Bobcats now have two weeks to take a break and get some players healthy for the rest of the season.

“They deserve a rest. We’re gonna give them Sunday off, Monday off, Tuesday off from football and the only thing they’ll have is the training room open so that anybody can come over and get treatment”, Solich said about the upcoming off week. “Other than that, we don’t wanna see them. Want them to get away from it for a little bit. We won’t come back to practice until Thursday”.

Ohio next game is on the road, in Oxford, in two weeks to take on the Miami Redhawks. This years “Battle of the Bricks” proves to be an interesting contest between the two teams since Ohio’s defense will once again be challenged by another strong quarterback in Zac Dysert. Miami is 29th in the nation in passing, averaging 290.8 yards per game, proving to be a tough task of Ohio. They were able to make enough stops against Akron, but still showed weak points by giving up large chunks of yards.

Now at a top 25 ranking in the AP Polls this week, Ohio’s main concern right now should be to get healthy and get some much needed rest. It seems coach Frank Solich is taking the right steps in doing so, which should bode well for the undefeated Bobcats heading into a pivotal rivalry game.

Shoot out determines the Bobcat Hockey win and a undefeated title remains

By Alex Utano

Bird Arena was packed as fans finished off a Homecoming Saturday with a shootout thriller that saw Brett Agnew score for the winning total of 5-4 Bobcats over the Oklahoma Sooners. The game started with a Nick Rostek power play goal 5:10 into the opening frame. With momentum going their way, the Cats looked to take the lead into the first intermission but Oklahoma had other ideas, scoring with 1:07 to go in the first.

The second period started the same way as the first, with Nick Rostek striking yet again on the power play to put the Cats up 2-1. Then the Sooner power play woke up, striking just minutes later to tie up the score at two apiece. But the Bobcats power play remained, as Michael Harris tallied to retake the lead. But the power play seemed to have cooled, as it let up a shorthanded goal on a two on one rush that the Sooners capitalized on, tying the score at three. Later that period the Bobcats power play got another chance, looking to redeem itself after allowing a shorthanded goal and it did. Michael Harris struck again for his second of the game to tie the game up at four.

After three periods of play, the game was still in a deadlock with a 4-4 tie, leading to a dramatic overtime that left fans on the edge of their seats. Overtime was a duel of the goalies, as Fedor Dushkin and Nick Holmes of Oklahoma put on a show for the crowd making save after save, including a three on one save by Holmes in the final minutes of play. After a five minute 4-on-4 overtime period, the score was still tied leading to the shootout.

The Sooners shot first in the shootout and sent Jordan Greenberg to center ice to take the first shot. However, he was met by Dushkin who stopped him, sticking with him the entire time. Tyler Benson then shot first for the Bobcats but was shut down by Holmes as he tried to go five hole. Stan Smrke tried to give the Sooners the lead but Dushkin came up big again with the save, setting the stage for Brett Agnew. Agnew came in, deked, and roofed it to give the Cats the lead in the shootout. With one save standing in the way between an 8-0, all eyes were on Fedor Dushkin. Chad Hudson looked to keep the shootout alive. Dushkin had other ideas, making the final save to keep the number one ranked Ohio Bobcats undefeated.

The Cats will host Arizona next weekend, in hopes of keeping their undefeated title.

Brown’s Goal Parade Leads Ohio Field Hockey to Homecoming-Day Victory

By Paul Monnin

On the day Ohio field hockey celebrated senior day at Pruitt Field, senior Taylor Brown rose to the occasion, scoring four of the Bobcats’ five goals in an emotional 5-1 victory over Missouri State on Homecoming Saturday.

“It’s a great feeling knowing that I can do that for my team,” Brown said of her four-goal performance. “It’s really important. It’s an emotional day.”

Brown struck early and often against the Bears, scoring off a deflection less than five minutes into the match, completing the hat trick before halftime, and tying her career high of four goals on a second-half penalty stroke. Senior Laura Mastro also got in on the act, assisting one of Brown’s goals and adding one of her own, her first goal of the season.

“She did really well,” said Head Coach Neal Macmillan of Brown’s performance. “She’s up there in career rankings now in Ohio goals, and you don’t get there if you can’t finish.”

Brown’s performance was a product of a dominant team effort. The Bobcats outshot the Bears 31 to eight and totaled 15 penalty corners to the Bears’ five. The Bobcats aggressive play yielded great dividends in the form of a commanding victory in their final home game of the season.

“I think we’re very comfortable with where we are right now,” coach Macmillian. “We’ve got good depth, and when people are needed, they can go in, and they do a good job.”

The homecoming-day win puts the Bobcats at 8-6 for the season and 2-1 in MAC play. Next weekend they will travel to Mt. Pleasant to square off with Central Michigan.

Field Hockey wins big on Saturday, loses nail-biter Sunday

By Paul Monnin

After beating up on the Ball State Saturday afternoon 7-0, the Bobcats failed to capitalize on several opportunities on Sunday and fell to 20th-ranked Michigan State 1-0 in overtime, making for an up-and-down weekend for Bobcat field hockey at Pruitt Field.

“We just try to stay very centered,” Head Coach Neil Macmillan said after Sunday’s loss. “You don’t want to get too excited after a game like yesterday, and then we don’t want to get too disappointed with a game like today.”

The Bobcats’ dominant performance Saturday was the product of an incredibly one-sided affair. The Bobcats racked up 26 shots and 16 penalty corners while allowing only one shot to the Cardinals. The team’s seven goals included senior Taylor Brown’s seventh of the season, two by senior Cathryn  Altdoerffer, and the first of junior Riley Higgins’ Bobcat career.

Unfortunately for the Bobcats, the celebration was short-lived. After fighting through two scoreless periods of regulation, the Bobcats fell in overtime on a goal by Michigan State sophomore Allie Ahern. The Bobcats failed to capitalize on a number of opportunities in the game, most notably their five penalty corners, two on which they failed to create a shot.

“We got those two missed opportunities, and those are things that are going to cost you in a tight game like that,” coach Macmillan noted. “It’s disappointing when you have an opportunity like that to win a game, but you’ve got to put the ball in the net.”

This weekend’s win and loss put the team at 7-6 as the regular season winds down. The Bobcats will celebrate the careers of their seniors before facing Missouri State next weekend in their home finale.

Bobcat volleyball steamrolls Buffalo as the winning streak reaches 5

By Paul Monnin

The Bobcat volleyball squad took care of business at Convocation Center Saturday night, winning their fifth straight match, extending their consecutive set streak to 15, and disposing of Buffalo in three sets (25-18, 25-13, 25-17).

The Bobcats maintained control throughout the match. After a 13-13 start, the Bobcats went on a 12-5 run to take the first set and never looked back. Outside hitters Kelly Lamberti and Chelsea Bilger led the way for the Bobcats on offense, combining for 12 kills and just 4 errors. Senior Leah Petrovich and sophomore Serena Warner also turned in notable performances, with Petrovich racking up 25 assists and Warner totaling seven kills and three aces.

“When we get our offense rolling, which we have had the past couple matches, we can be tough to beat,” head coach Ryan Theis remarked after the match. “We have one of the better defenses in the league. If we get our offense going, we’re pretty good.”

The Bobcats have demonstrated a strong preference to playing at home this season. The 10-8 Bobcats are 8-2 at home and have not lost at the Convocation Center since falling to Oregon on Sept. 2.

“It’s been nice to have these last four at home,” coach Theis said. “We seem to be pretty good in this building this year.”

The Bobcats sit in second place in the MAC East, one game behind Bowling Green. The Bobcats will face Toledo and Ball State on the road before returning home to face Northern Illinois on Oct. 19.