Ohio's regular season is coming to an end.
Its final series will be against unranked Kent State for the second season in a row. Despite Kent State being unranked, coach Cole Bell wants to keep the newly ranked No. 4 Bobcats in a strong mindset.
“It’s the last game of the year and we want to finish the year on a strong note,” Bell said. “Right now our biggest focus is on what we’re doing, how we approach the game and how we play.”
The Central States Collegiate Hockey League tournament is a week away, and the American Collegiate Hockey Association tournament will begin on March 19. Ohio (22-8-4) needs to stay sharp for the postseason.
Opponent: Kent State University
Puck drop: 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Bird Arena
How to watch: Bobcat Productions presents Ohio Hockey
Meet the Opponent
Top point scorers
No. 8 Jacob Friedman (7 goals, 15 assists)
No. 28 Zachary Zwierecki (13 goals, 7 assists)
No. 24 Rubin Chavarria (9 goals, 11 assists)
No. 29 Benjamin White (3-8, .864 save percentage, 4.90 goals against average )
No. 30 Shea Spanier (3-8, .865 save percentage, 4.87 goals against average)
No. 1 Tyler Geloneck (1-4, .907 save percentage, 3.94 goals against average)
No. 31 Brian Coppola (0-3, .835 save percentage, 4.90 goals against average)
No. 10 Justin Bioni (64)
No. 8 Jacob Friedman (55)
No. 24 Rubin Chavarria (29)
Ohio and Kent State were each other’s final regular season opponents last season. The Golden Flashes pulled a surprise victory in a game one where the Bobcats couldn’t find the back of the net. Without many of their key players, Ohio lost 3-2.
The second game of the series was a different story. Ohio crushed Kent State 9-2 during its senior night at Bird Arena. Senior Matt Rudin led the seniors by scoring a hat trick in his final game for the Bobcats.
Ryan Hastings hurt his shoulder during practice and has a limited range of motion in his arm. He is expected to recover in a few days, but will miss the series against Kent State.