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Bobcat Hockey Wins Tight Game in Third Period

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In front of a standing-room-only crowd, No. 8 Ohio hockey defeated visiting Drexel 1-0 in Bird Arena on Saturday night. The win puts the ‘Cats at 13-2-1 on the season and is the fifth win in a row for the squad.

After an uneventful first and second period, the third seemed to be home to all of the action. Ohio had 26 shots on goal in the period and with the score tied 0-0, one finally found the back of the net. With just under five minutes to go in the game Matt Rudin found some space and put a shot in, assisted by Michael Harris.

The crowd rose to their feet and was standing for most of the remainder of the game as Drexel pressed to land a shot and take the game into overtime. As things got a little testy with 3:07 to go as both teams lost a player on a roughing penalty making it four-on-four for two minutes.

With both teams back to full strength and with 1:07 to go, Drexel pulled their goalie to add to their offensive attack. Bobcat goalie Jacob Bloomfield made another three saves, of his 27 on the night, to preserve the 1-0 victory.

Michael Harris earned third star honors for his performance, assisting the game winning goal. Rudin was second star, courtesy of scoring the game winning goal late in the third period. And unsurprisingly, the first star of the night went to Bloomfield, as he received a well deserved standing ovation from the home faithful for his performance.

The crowds continue to create quite the atmosphere for the Bobcats in Bird Arena, as the ‘Cats are now 7-1-1 when defending their home ice this season.

Next up for Ohio are two more home matchups this upcoming weekend, against Alabama on Friday and Saturday. Both games are set for 7:30 p.m.