The youth of the Falcons may be starting to show for Chris Bergeron’s squad. Another slow start doomed the Falcons as they fell to the Bemidji State Beavers 5-2 tonight.
Tommy Burke started for Bowling Green while Michael Bitzer played in net for Bemidji State.
Bemidji State opened scoring at 12:59 as John Parker was able to skate in past a pair of Falcons and backhanded the puck past Burke for his fourth goal of the season.
Bitzer stopped all six Falcon shots he faced in the first period. Burke was busier, stopping nine of 10 Beaver chances.
Nolan Valleau earned his first collegiate goal at 4:22 of the second period. Brandon Hawkins fired an initial shot onto Bitzer. The rebound came to Nolan Valleau who found the net.
The Beavers re-took the lead at 10:17 on a controversial play. Phillip Brewer fired a three-line pass to Kyle Bauman who replayed showed was a step offside. Batman passed to Jordan Heller who wristed a puck between Burke’s legs for his first goal as well. The play was replayed but officials still allowed the goal and explained to Coach Bergeron that the replay wasn’t conclusive.
Bitzer stopped five of six Falcon shots in the second period while Burke stopped 12 of 13.
Gerry Fitzgerald gave Bemidji a 3-1 lead at 9:12 of the third period. Brendan Harms centered a pass to Fitzgerald who was rushing in on the back door. Fitzgerald converted for the power play goal against the Falcon’s nation’s best penalty kill.
Nolan Valleau picked up his second goal of the night at 11:04 of the third frame. Mark Friedman fed his fellow freshman across the blue line where Valleau unleashed a one-timer. The puck fluttered a bit and sneaked over Bitzer’s pad.
The Beavers added a couple empty net goals by Charlie O’Connor and Kyle Bauman to ice the game for the Beavers and take the 5-2 win.
Burke faced four shots in the third stopping three of them. He finished with 24 saves on 27 attempts. Bitzer allowed the single goal on eight attempts in the third and finished with 18 saves on 20 attempts.
The Falcons (15-6-4, 11-4-2) and Beavers (10-12-3, 6-8-3) will wrap up their weekend series tomorrow at 8:07pm EST.