Comeback 'Cats Fall Short In CSCHL Final

By
Hailey Hrynewich


Updated Sun, Feb 23, 2014 8:17 pm
Photo Credit: 
Logan Riely

The Ohio Bobcats came out for CSCHL championship game looking to defeat the Robert Morris Eagles and defend their title from last year. The Bobcats were unable to seal the win and fell just short of Robert Morris, who scored the winning goal with three minutes left to go in overtime to win the game 3-2. 

Robert Morris was the first to take charge in this final game, as they scored with 13 minutes left in the first period. Ohio immediately had a chance to fire back and received a power play opportunity, but was not able to take advantage. With just seven minutes left in the first period, the Eagles went on to score a second goal, extending their lead to 2-0.

Although it wasn’t looking too good for the Bobcats at that point in the game, there were still two whole periods left and the Bobcats began to mount a comeback. 

To begin the second period, Ohio did a terrific job on a penalty kill and did not allow the Eagles to score again. Late in the second period, the Bobcats showed Robert Morris how the power play is done, as Jonathan Gulch scored the first goal for the Bobcats thanks to assists by Patrick Spellacy and Tom Whetsel, making the score 2-1 at the end of the second.           

Just 30 seconds went by in the first period when Logan Pfeffer scored for the Bobcats and knotted the score at 2-2. Tom Whetsel and J.C. Gulch were on the assist.

A power play opportunity arrived soon after, but Ohio could not strike and the third period ended with a 2-2 tie. Ohio actually outshot Robert Morris 19-7 in the final period and 43-30 for the entire game.           

The Robert Morris Eagles ended the game with three minutes to go in overtime when they scored the game-winning goal. This championship win makes the Eagles the regular season and tournament champions of the year.

Ohio is now 30-8-2 this season. The Bobcats will be holding exhibition games for the battle against cancer next weekend at Bird Arena.

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