St. Paul, Minnesota – The Falcons made the long trip to St. Paul, MN with the goal of a Broadmoor Trophy and strengthening their NCAA bid resumé. After a tough 5-2 defeat to Michigan Tech the Falcons will become scoreboard watchers for the rest of the weekend, in hopes of one of the final at large NCAA berths.
Tommy Burke started in net for the Falcons, stopping 23 of 27 Husky chances. Jamie Phillips countered for Michigan Tech and stopped 20 of 22 Falcon shots.
The Falcons were first to crack the scoreboard at 9:40 of the first period. Pierre-Luc Mercier fed the puck across the slot to Mitch McLain who skated down the slot. The freshman (and native Minnesotan) re-directed the pass past Phillips for McLain’s tenth goal of the season. Tommy Burke picked up a secondary assist on the goal, his first assist and point of his career.
The Huskies answered just a couple minutes later at 11:29. Mark Auk fired a shot from the blue line. Reid Sturos re-directed the shot just enough to beat Burke. Michigan Tech tallied their second goal at 16:49 of the first period. David Johnstone wristed a shot on net that hit a skate. The puck found the stick of Tyler Heinonen who netted the puck into an open net.
Burke stopped 8 of 10 Husky shots he faced in the first period while Phillips saved eight of nine chances.
The Huskies controlled play through most of the second period. However, the Falcons started to push back in the last fourth of the second frame to set up the third period.
Burke stopped all seven shots he faced while Phillips stopped the eight Falcon chances he faced.
The Falcons tied the game up at 2:16 of the third period. Damon Mingo shot the puck hard at the net. Brent Tate was just outside the crease and re-directed the puck past Phillips for his ninth goal of the season.
The Huskies retook a 3-2 lead at 5:23 of the third period. David Johnstone cleared the puck into BG’s zone. The puck was picked up by Tyler Heinonen who skated on to Burke uncontested and wristed the puck past Burke.
The backbreaking fourth goal came at 7:04 of the third period. Mark Auk wristed a shot from the blue line that was deflected by Mike Neville past Burke. The Huskies added an empty net goal off L’Esperance’s stick at 18:12 to ice the game.
Burke stopped 12 of the 14 shots he faced in the third while Phillips stopped six of seven Falcon attempts.
– The Falcons finished 0/3 on the power play. BG drops to 23-11-5 on the season while Michigan Tech improves to 29-8-2.
– Mitch McLain has at least one point in eight of his last nine games.
– The Falcons will have to wait to see if their season will continue after dropping to #15 in the Pairwise ranking. The Falcons must hope for the following teams to win their conference tournaments: Any (AH), Minnesota (B10), Harvard (ECAC), Boston U. (HEA), Any (NCHC)
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