Rochester, NY – The Falcons finished off a tough stretch of five games in eight days with a 2-2 tie with RIT in front of 10,556 fans at the Blue Cross Arena.
Chris Nell made his third appearance of the season and made 33 saves on 35 chances. RIT countered with the Rochester, NY native Mike Rotolo who made 27 saves on 29 shots.
Todd Skirving picked up the Tigers first goal at 5:37 of the first period. He finished a rebound from the stick of Dan Schuler for his first goal of the season.
The Tigers added onto their lead at 6:12 as Skirving again scored, this time on a two-on-one rush which was set up by Mark Golberg.
Mark Cooper scored his first marker of the season at 7:43 of the opening stanza. He picked the pocket of a Tiger defenseman before taking his time as he moved around the crease and flipping the puck over Rotolo’s pads. The goal was unassisted and was Cooper’s fourth in five games.
The Falcons hit the net with nine shots in the first period, with eight of those being saved. The Tigers had 11 shots which Nell saved nine.
Neither team was able find the net in the second period as the teams settled into a slower tempo. Nell faced six shots in the second period and stopped them all. Rotolo stopped all eight Falcon chances he faced.
The Falcons were able to tie the game up at 16:57 of the third period. Mark Friedman fed the puck to Pierre-Luc Mercier. He found fellow Quebecan Kevin Dufour in the slot who one-timed a blast past Rotolo. The goal was Dufour’s fourth goal in five games.
RIT finished the third period with 16 shots on Nell who stopped them all. Bowling Green had eight shots in the third frame with Rotolo stopping seven of those attempts.
Though both teams had their share of chances in the extra period the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
The Falcons managed four shots in the period while the Tigers challenged Nell twice.
Bowling Green (3-1-1) will be off until October 31 when they’ll head to Anchorage to begin WCHA play against the Seawolves.
- Todd Skirving (RIT) – 2 G
- Mike Rotolo (RIT) – 27 saves
- Chris Nell (BGSU) – 33 saves
Click to expand. Images by Todd Pavlack/BGSUHockey.com
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