The margin for error for Bowling Green turned non-existent tonight as the Falcons dropped a 4-1 decision to the Northern Michigan Wildcats. With the loss the Falcons are now just one point ahead of the Wildcats, who are presently the first team “out” of the playoffs.
Tommy Burke started in net for the Falcons and struggled through 21 saves on 25 attempts. Mathias Dahlstrom received the nod for the Wildcats and made key saves late in a 24/25 effort.
Northern Michigan struck first at 6:59 of the first period. Luke Eibler fired a shot onto Tommy Burke. But before a save attempt could be made Stephan Vigier deflected the shot past Burke.
The Wildcats pushed their lead to 2 at 10:47 of the second period. Reed Seckel found Luke Eibler high in the slot who sniped a shot over Burke’s shoulder.
NMU scored their third goal at 12:26 of the second as Brock Maschmeyer took a John Siemer pass and beat Burke on a wrist shot from just outside the crease.
John Siemer took a drop pass by Darren Nowick and deked in on Burke, beating him high at 12:11.
Ryan Carpenter broke the Falcon shutout at 17:50 as he scored on a rebound chance by Mark Cooper on the power play.
The Falcons would get another late power play but couldn’t convert and fell 4-1.
The teams will conclude their series Saturday at 7:07pm.