UK hockey splits weekend games with Ohio University



By Char Grimm

UK hockey split its weekend contests against Ohio University, moving them to 2-2-0 on the season.

Friday night the Cats won by a score of 8-2 in front of a standing room only crowd.

UK’s goaltender, Aaron Tenfelde, as well as Ohio’s Alex Guest both came up with several big saves early in the game.

UK’s Andrew Baron had a breakaway a minute into the game which had to be gloved down by Guest.

Tony Woodward was the first UK player to find the back of the net Friday night with an unassisted power play goal.

Thirty seconds later, Ohio answered the Woodward goal, which would lead to a tied game at one heading into the second period.

Three minutes into the second, assistant captain Dylan Rohar found the back of the net for his first goal of the evening. Rohar finished the night with a hat trick.

Not long after the first goal by Rohar, Ohio answered once again with their final goal of the evening.

Baron was the next UK player to find the back of the net, closing out the period ahead 3-2.

The third period saw one goal from assistant captain Jeremy Schmidt, two from captain Sean McLaughlin, and an additional two from Rohar.

Rohar says he has Woodward to thank for the hat trick.

“I got the nicest feed I’ve ever seen from (Woodward),” Rohar said. “He practices it all the time and it’s never worked before in a game.”

Saturday night told a completely different story with the Cats falling to Ohio 5-2.

Cats’ goals came from senior Brandon Tigrett and freshman Dylan Higgins.

“We just came out flat. They jumped on us early,” McLaughlin said.

Ohio had the upper hand on the Cats during the second game, scoring four unanswered early goals.

“We had a bit of a defensive collapse,” Tigrett said.

“Different first period, different game,” agreed Higgins.

The Cats are back in action next weekend at the ACHA Division 2 Showcase in Washington D.C. They will face Providence College, University of Delaware and New Jersey Institute of Technology.