Published Sat, Jan 19, 2013 11:22 pm Dateline
The Ohio hockey team secured a second consecutive win against No. 2 Robert Morris Saturday at Bird Arena. The Bobcats beat the Eagles, 4-2, in a game that was rough from start to finish.
Jonathan Gulch scored the first goal for Ohio within the first 10 minutes of the match. Another goal would not be seen until the end of the period, when the Eagles had their first of two goals for the night. Things got exciting with five seconds left in the first when a fight broke out on the ice involving most of the players. No one was ejected but numerous punches were thrown.
The Bobcats came out strong in the second period and quickly turned the tie into a three-goal lead, scoring one goal at the beginning and two goals within seconds of each other later in the half. Captain Tyler Pilmore netted the first goal in the second period, and Garret Williams and Nicholas Rostek scored the other two.
Robert Morris retaliated by delivering a brutal hit to Pilmore that caused him to need help skating off the ice. He could later be seen limping to the locker room.
Despite losing their captain, the Bobcats held their ground and only allowed one goal for Robert Morris late in the last period. Goalie Matt Michno had an amazing game, only allowing 2 goals out of the 40 shots taken on the net. Defenseman Paul sergi was proud of his team and the effort it put forth.
"We knew this would be a good team that has been playing well of late. We had a good week at practice. They knew the challenge in front of them but they were prepared and played some of the best hockey they have all year," Sergi said.
Winning this game has catapulted the Bobcats to the number one spot in the conference, as this was their last official conference game. Ohio has a home seires with Oakland Jan. 25 and 26.