By: Alex Utano
The Bobcats looked to rebound after suffering their first home loss of the season and did just that. Indiana gave all they had, coming back from an early four goal deficit, but it wasn’t enough as Ohio defeated Indiana University 7-6 Saturday in front of a packed Bird Arena.
The Bobcats got off to a red hot start, scoring on their first three shots of the game. Michael Harris netted his 12th goal of the season with a slap shot coming down the wing just 31 seconds into the contest. Brett Agnew then continued the scoring with a forehand backhand move to make it 2-0 Bobcats. The third shot, and third goal, came off the stick of Garret Williams. Tom Whestel then scored minutes later to make the score 4-0 Bobcats.
But as the previous night showed, Indiana wouldn’t go away quietly. Two goals were scored by the Hoosiers in the final 5:15 of play in the first period, one was scored shorthanded. The score was 4-2 Bobcats headed into the second period of play.
Indiana continued to stun the Bobcats in the 2nd period. Less than four minutes in the score was tied up 4-4 and Bird Arena was silent. Not more than five minutes later, the Hoosiers continued to stun everyone in Bird Arena, taking their first lead of the night 5-4. However the Bobcats bounced back as Brett Agnew netted his second goal of the game, making the score 5-5 with one period left to play.
It took under five minutes into the third for the Bobcats to steal the momentum. Jonathan Pietramala scored to grab a 6-5 lead. Captain Tyler Pilmore scored about a minute later to make it 7-5. But the Hoosiers, once again, fought back, cutting the score to 7-6 with less than five minutes left in regulation, setting the stage for a frantic last few minutes. There were chances at both ends but the Bobcats held on to a 7-6 win in an exciting hockey game.