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Phil Angervil (91) brings the puck around the backside of the goal in Fridays match against Iowa State at Bird Ice Arena in Athens, Ohio. Feb. 2 2024

Hockey: Bobcats slay Dragons, earn 6-1 victory.

Senior night in Bird Arena brought plenty of emotions, with five players set to graduate at the end of the semester. Ohio knew it had to bring the passion, especially after getting swept by Liberty the previous weekend. Ohio wasn’t going to take a loss to Drexel, and the dominant 6-1 victory it earned proved that. The energy that the team had seemingly lost last weekend was back, and it especially showed in the second period. Ohio is set to take on Liberty again next weekend, but after that, it will be looking ahead to the ACHA National Tournament. The victory against Drexel helped Ohio to show that it could still be a formidable presence in the national tournament. Here are the numbers to know from the win.


The second period saw Ohio scoring 4 of its 6 goals, with strong efforts made by lots of Ohio’s biggest offensive contributors. Laker Aldridge, who currently has 31 points in 25 games played, scored two goals within 8 minutes of each other. Noah Holt also responded to the single goal scored by Drexel to put Ohio up 3-1 in the second. Sam Turner and Matheiu Ovaert have also been huge offensive presences for the Bobcats, and they each earned assists on goals in the second period. Ovaert, a rookie out of Switzerland, currently has the second most points on the team.


Defenseman Tommy Kloepfer scored his first goal of the season with his goal in the second period. Kloepfer has always been a crucial member of Ohio’s defense, but his impressive goal in the matchup against Drexel showed that he can play on both sides of the puck. Kloepfer also had a total of 7 points last season, so he is no stranger to pulling some weight on offense.


Ohio won by a margin of 5 goals, a fairly impressive one for the team. Ohio has had quite a few wide margin wins this season, and this one could potentially provide it with enough confidence to avenge the losses against Liberty in its next series.


The Bobcats had double the amount of shots on goal against the Dragons, with 50 to their 25. This ties back into Ohio’s wide margin of victory, because in most of those wins, Ohio has significantly more shots on goal than the other team. Most of Ohio’s losses don’t come from struggling to get into scoring position, but by allowing the other team to get in position too frequently.


Emma Erion

Managing Editor

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