Updated Fri, Jan 24, 2014 11:05 pm
Ohio came ready to play at Bird Arena Friday night for its game against the Illinois Fighting Illini, with a final score of 2-1. The Bobcats claimed their victory within the last 30 seconds of the game, thanks to Brett Agnew.
The third period started off rough, killing off a 5-minute penalty and later on another one with eight minutes left in the game, but the Bobcats came out strong once again.
With the game tied up and just 30 seconds left in the game, Agnew came wrapping one around the net and scored the game-winning goal of the night for the Bobcats. The Gang Green went crazy, and the Bobcats claimed the victory.
Ohio goalie Aaron Alkema stepped up for the Bobcats, allowing just one goal and totaling 28 saves for the night.
With great goaltending by Alkema in the net and excellent team effort clearing the puck out of the zone, the Bobcats brought the Fighting Illini into the third and final period still tied up, 1-1, where it was anyone’s game up to Agnew’s final goal.
It was just seven minutes into the game when Ohio took over with a power play opportunity after an interference call on Illinois. Immediately after, Patrick Spellacy scored his 17th goal of the season for the team with Agnew on the assist.
Soon after, with about seven minutes left in the first period, Illinois fought back by slamming a top shelf goal in the back of the net. The Bobcats entered the second period with it all tied up, 1-1.
Penalties controlled much of the second period and led the Bobcats to eventually be on the penalty kill with just three of their players on the ice.
The Ohio Bobcats will reunite with the Illinois Fighting Illini Saturday at Bird Arena once again. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m.