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.