Houghton, MI – The Falcon’s lack of offense continued to haunt them Friday as they managed only 22 shots in a 2-0 loss to the Michigan Tech Huskies.
Chris Nell (2-2-3, 1.20 GAA, .958 SV% ) made the start in net for the Falcons, making 39 saves on 41 attempts. Jamie Phillips (6-3-0, 2.10 GAA, .924 SV%) countered for the Huskies and earned the shutout with 22 saves.
Michigan Tech opened the scoring just :22 into the opening period. Alex Petan fed the puck to Cliff Watson who fired a shot from the blue line that beat a screened Nell.
The Falcons had a trio of two-minute power play chances at 8:13, 10:15, 13:15 but were unable to convert on their chances.
The Huskies ended the period with 12 shots on Nell, converting on one shot. The Falcons had seven shots in the second period and Phillips stopped every chance.
Jose Delgadillo committed a high sticking penalty at 14:05 of the second period but the Falcon penalty kill continued it’s strong play and didn’t allow a goal.
Neither team scored in the second frame but the Falcons played a stronger second period. Bowling Green fired nine shots on Phillips in the second period while the Huskies had 14 chances turned aside by Nell.
The Huskies pushed their lead to 2-0 at 16:44 of the third. Matt Roy fired a shot from the right point that beat Sholl as he fought off a screen.
The Falcons pulled Nell at 18:58 of the third period for an extra skater while on a four-on-four. But, the Falcons weren’t able to get the puck past Phillips in the waning minutes for their third loss of the season.
The Falcons dropped to 4-2-2, 1-2-2 while the Huskies improved to 6-3-0, 6-3-0 on the season.
Bowling Green and Michigan Tech will conclude their series Saturday night in Houghton, MI.
- Chris Nell (BGSU) – 40 saves
- Jamie Phillips (MTU) – 22 saves, S/O
- Cliff Watson (MTU) – 1 G, GWG
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