Tommy Burke was brilliant for the Falcons, stopping 39/41 shots. The Huskies played both Pheonix Copley (12 saves) and Matt Wintjes (3 saves), combining for 15 saves on 18 Falcon shots. Bowling Green struck first at 11:45 of the first period. Matt Pohlkamp fired a laser from the left face-off circle that beat Pheonix Copley. Assisting on the goals was Pierre-Luc Mercier and Mike Sullivan.
Michigan Tech tied the game up at 5:36 of the second period thanks to a power play goal from Ryan Furne. After the Falcons were able to make the initial shot block Reid Sturos backhanded a pass to Furne who beat Burke. Kevin Dufour gave the Falcons their second lead of the night ten minutes later at 15:40. Mark Cooper kicked the puck across ice to Dufour who buried a slapshot behind Copley.
Dufour picked up his second goal of the game just 1:42 into the third period. Jose Delgadillo shot the puck around the boards where it hit an imperfection and popped out to center ice to Dufour. The freshman settled into the left wing and beat Copley. After the third Falcon goal Matt Wintjes made his season debut stopping all three shots he faced in 16:30.
The Huskies made the Falcon faithful nervous at 17:17 of the third. Alex Petan was able to beat Burke with the goalie pulled to draw Michigan Tech within one. After a five minute major on CJ Eick and minor penalties on Ben Murphy and Rusty Hafner the Falcons faced a goalie pulled five on three. But, the Falcons were able to kill off the last half minute and pull out the gritty victory.
The Falcons were 0-3 on the power play while the Huskies were 1-6.
With the win the Falcons improved to 8-8-3, 6-6-1 in the WCHA while the Huskies fell to 6-9-4, 4-4-4 in conference play. The teams will conclude their series Saturday night at 7:07pm EST.
Special thanks to Kevin Meyers, Jake Dorow, and the Michigan Tech Athletic Department for assistance with this recap.