The Falcons headed into Saturday night’s game looking for the weekend sweep of Michigan State. Tommy Burke, coming off a career performance on Friday night, would start his second straight start.
The first period was a choppy one; penalties galore through the entire period. 15 minutes into the period, it would be Mark Cooper , on the power play, who would notch his team leading eighth goal to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead. Michigan Tech would later go on a 5-on-3 man advantage where Blake Pietila would find the back of the net to tie the game at 1 towards the end of the first period.
The second period would solve nothing as it appeared that the flood gates were opened in the third period. Within two minutes of each other, Mike Neville and Blake Hietala would find the back of the net to make it 3-1 Michigan Tech. Hietala’s goal came on the power play. Two minutes later, Dajon Mingo would answer to cut the Falcons’ deficit to only one goal. But, it was short lived as less than a minute later Tanner Kero would extend the lead to two once again.
Bowling Green would pull Tommy Burke for the extra attacker and Ben Murphy cut the Huskies’ lead to just one. Still with the empty net, Bryce Williamson evened up the game with 1:02 left to go. Just when Mark Cooper thought he had the team goal scoring lead, the two who were right behind him caught back up. Cooper, Williamson, and Murphy now are tied for the team lead in goals with eight.
The teams would head into overtime where there were a few loose puck chances for the Falcons, but they were unable to find the back of the net. Time would expire and the Huskies and Falcons tie at 4.
Bowling Green showed resiliency as they battled back to take 3 out of a possible 4 points in this weekend’s series. The Falcons will have some time off for the holidays, but the next time they drop the puck will be in the Three Rivers Classic tournament at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on December 27th. The Falcons will take on Boston College at 4:05pm.
Enjoy the holidays!