Buckeyes Start Second Half On High Note

The Ohio State hockey team showed signs of shaking off a season-long run of doldrums as the 2010 calendar year began. The Buckeyes wanted to get off to a good start against last-place Bowling Green and did so, getting four third-period goals to beat the Falcons 7-2 in Value City Arena. The line of Hunter Bishop, John Albert and C.J. Severyn combined for nine points.

During the first half of the college hockey season, the Ohio State line of Sergio Somma, Zac Dalpe and Peter Boyd became one of the top groupings in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association – and perhaps the nation.

Hunter Bishop, John Albert and C.J. Severyn wanted in on the fun.

"Me, C.J., and Bish here, we've been doing basically everything together you can think of for the past couple of weeks," Albert said. "We've basically been attached at the hip."

"Line chemistry, we're trying to build it here," Bishop continued amid laughter. "I know when Boyder and Dalpe's line and Somma, when they were having all that success, it was pretty easy to see. They're always hanging out and talking to each other. We were like, ‘Maybe we should become a little better friends here.' "

After one game in the second half of the season, it's so far, so good for the trio. Bishop had two goals, Albert added four assists and Severyn had a goal and two helpers as Ohio State began the 2010 portion of the schedule with a 7-2 win in Value City Arena against Bowling Green.

The Buckeyes improved to 8-12-1 (6-8-1-1) in the CCHA and won their first Buckeye Sports Bulletin Ohio Cup matchup of the year, all in front of 3,236 fans witnessing the in-state rivalry.

"It was a good game to start the season after having such a long time off," OSU head coach John Markell said. "What we have to look at are our tendencies that we have to get away from from the first half into the second half."

Some of the Buckeyes' spotty first-half play was evident, but Ohio State put up a four-spot in the third period to pull away from the last-place Falcons (3-16-1, 2-11-2-2). That was aided by special teams, as OSU's first three goals of the period came on a 4-on-3 power play, a 4-on-4 spell and a 5-on-4 man advantage for OSU.

The Buckeyes entered the game with the worst combined special teams in the country but ended 3 for 6 on the power play and killed 5 of 6 penalties.

"We said this week in practice we didn't want to get into a power-play, penalty-kill type game with these guys," first-year BG head coach Dennis Williams said. "They have the guys that can score."

Ohio State, which netted only three goals combined in the three games before the holiday break, set a season-high mark for tallies, bringing to mind last season's high-flying squad that often covered up the occasional mistake with goal-scoring barrages.

"We were just talking about it, the game today kind of reminded us of last year a little bit, intensity-wise," Albert said.

The top line got rolling early, with Bishop getting his sixth goal of the year at 14:00 of the first when he was left with an open net after Severyn chopped a centering pass to him at the left post of goalie Nick Eno.

Severyn and Albert also got the assists as OSU made it 2-0 4:49 into the second when Mathieu Picard stuffed in a rebound try at the right post.

BGSU's Tommy Dee got the first of his two goals at 12:23, but Buckeye defenseman Devon Krogh continued his good run of form with a 4-on-3 tally at 16:59 to make it 3-1.

Dee netted again with 8.5 seconds left in the second when he tipped Jordan Samuels-Thomas' shot past OSU's Cal Heeter – who made 23 saves – but that momentum lasted a small amount of time before OSU took over in the third.

Bishop got the first goal of the period to make it 4-2, putting in his own rebound after BGSU captain Kyle Page cleared off the line. Severyn scored on a sweet feed from Albert at 8:25 to chase Eno, but backup Andrew Hammond was greeted rudely when Ohio State scored on its first two shots against the true freshman.

Defenseman Matt Bartkowski, playing a more attacking role on the power play, scored on a breakaway chance exactly one minute after Hammond entered, and the rebound of Taylor Stefishen's shot ricocheted in at 10:17.

Ohio State will try to run its winning streak against the Falcons to seven Saturday night in Value City Arena for a 7:05 p.m. start.


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