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Ohio forward Nick Erker (#2) handles the puck in the offensive zone during the Ohio Bobcats game against the Liberty Flames on Friday, March 5, 2021, at the Bird Arena in Athens, Ohio. (FILE)

Hockey: Instant reactions to Ohio's 2-1 loss on senior night

Coming down to the wire, senior night would not go in Ohio’s direction, as the Bobcats (2-13) fell 2-1 to Lindenwood (13-1). 

The Lions scored with under two minutes left to take the lead and held on for the remained of the game. Nonetheless, it was an impressive weekend for the Bobcats, who split the series. 

Here are the instant takeaways from Saturday evening’s game: 

Seniors show out on their night 

Ohio’s lone goal was scored by defenseman Kyle Craddick. Senior Shawn Baird and Timmy Thurnau also put up a very strong, physical performance, not giving the Lions an inch of ice when they had the puck. 

Senior goalies Mason Koster and Jackson Chilberg also played well in both their first games of the season, only allowing two goals on 32 shots on goal. 

Strong defensive performance continues: 

The Bobcats’ defense played exceptionally well this weekend against a No. 1 ranked Lindenwood team. 

The last time the Bobcats played Lindenwood, they were outscored 10-5. This weekend, they only gave up two goals. 

High tempo, high physicality 

Both games this weekend, especially Saturday evening, were evenly matched. Though both games were dominated by their defenses, it was a 200-foot game. Both teams also took a beating as well in what proved to be two bruising performances. 

Though the Bobcats lost, they managed to keep up with Lindenwood the entire time.  


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