After taking Friday night’s game 4-3 in overtime, the Falcons were unable to obtain the weekend sweep over the Minnesota State Mavericks. Tomas Sholl (30 saves) would get the start in net for Bowling Green and Stephon Williams (11 saves) for the Mavericks.
Bowling Green struck first as Mike Sullivan blasted home his first goal of the season. That goal came on the power play as Minnesota State defenseman Zach Palmquist sat for cross checking. Less than three minutes later, Mark Cooper would stay hot and record his fourth goal in his last two games, knocking home his own rebound to put the Falcons up 2-0. I spoke to Mike Sullivan after the first period:
Cole Huggins would replace Stephon Williams to start a penalty riddled second period that lead to Minnesota State getting on the board. Shortly after Ben Murphy was handed a game misconduct for hitting from behind, Matt Pohlkamp headed to the box for elbowing leaving BG down two men. The Mavericks would capitalize on the 5-on-3 as Matt Leitner fired home a loose puck to cut the Falcon’s lead in half, 2-1. I asked Andrew Wallace to assess the second period:
The Falcons were unable to convert on an early 5-on-3 advantage in the third period. Tomas Sholl would stand on his head stopping two Mavericks’ shots with 12:47 left to go in the third. After Ralfs Freibergs was sent to the box for cross checking, the Mavericks would tie the game on a deflection from the point by Jean-Paul Lafontaine. Both teams would go end to end for the next eleven minutes, each getting great scoring chances, but to no prevail as the two teams would head to overtime for the second time in two nights.
It would take Minnesota State just a minute and a half to put the puck past a scrambling Tomas Sholl as Bryce Gervais was given the puck all alone in front to give the Mavericks the 3-2 victory.
Lack of discipline would be the motif of Saturday night’s game. “Terrible. Terrible discipline.” Coach Chris Bergeron commented following the loss. “That falls on the coach. Somebody is going to say something to somebody in that locker room to lose two goal leads in three out of the last four games and not win any of those games. Completely unacceptable.” Bowling Green gave Minnesota state seven power play opportunities, though only two were converted into goals.
Bergeron noted that he felt sorry for goaltender Tomas Sholl. Sholl stopped 30 of 33 shots, 14 of those shots coming in the second period. “Tomas Sholl hasn’t had the team play as well in front of him as Tommy Burke has had.” Bergeron said. “This game doesn’t go into overtime if it wasn’t for him.”
Although searching for his first goal, Dajon Mingo had an impressive game. Mingo noted that he did not have a great game on Friday and said that he definitely felt an improvement on Saturday. “I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s bad karma. It’s (first goal) going to come soon.” Mingo added when asked about his performance on Saturday.
BG (6-5-3, 4-3-1 in WCHA) will travel to Sault Ste Marie, MI to take the Lake Superior Lakers (7-3-1, 3-2-0 in WCHA) next weekend. Minnesota State heads home to welcome the Anchorage Alaska Seawolves.
Head Coach Chris Bergeron
Sophomore Forward Dajon Mingo