Bowling Green, OH – The Falcons and Lakers again played out an intense defensive and goaltending battle Saturday night. But, like the night before, the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
In an identical battery to the night before the Falcons featured Chris Nell (2-1-2) in net. The sophomore posted another solid game as he stopped 26 Laker attempts on 27 shots. Lake Superior started Gordon Defiel (1-4-1) who followed up his 41 save performance on Friday with 28 saves on 29 chances Saturday.
Neither team was able to find the net in the first period. The Falcons had arguably the best chance in the final minute as Mark Cooper skated in on a breakaway from the blue line. Who tried going five-hole but Defiel turned the shot aside.
Both teams had nine shots in the first period as their goalies were perfect on those chances.
Pierre-Luc Mercier scored the Falcon’s first goal at 12:38 of the first period. A Mitch McLain shot sent Defiel diving for the loose puck. The puck came to Mercier who found the open net for his first goal of the season. The goal was a power play marker with Sean Walker receiving a secondary assist.
The Lakers would score their own power play goal at 18:03 of the second period. Zach Loesch wristed a shot from the deep slot that missed Nell for the Laker senior’s first career goal. The Falcons ended the second period with twelve shots which Defiel saved eleven. The Lakers challenged Nell with seven shots who made six saves.
In a similar flow to the first period the Falcons and Lakers were unable to solve each other’s goalies and the game headed to an overtime period.
The Falcons had seven shots in the third period while the Lakers challenged Nell five times.
The Falcons and Lakers played four-on-four for two minutes midway through the period but neither team was able to find the net, ending the game in a 1-1 tie.
Lake Superior had six shots in the overtime period while the Falcons had a single chance.
Bowling Green (4-2-3) will travel to the Upper Peninsula next weekend to face Michigan Tech, who is tied with Minnesota State for first place in the WCHA.
- Pierre-Luc Mercier (BGSU) – 1 G, 3 shots
- Chris Nell (BGSU) – 26 saves
- Gordon Defiel (LSSU) – 28 saves
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