Bowling Green, OH – The Falcons let a 3-1 lead slip away in the final two periods and Northern Michigan forced overtime. But, a timely goal by Mitch McLain while shorthanded gave the Falcons a 4-3 overtime win over the Wildcats.
Chris Nell made his 10th start of the season for the Falcons, stopping 20 of 23 shots. Atte Tolvanen received the nod from Walt Kyle for Northern Michigan and stopped 33 of 37 shots faced.
The Wildcats opened the scoring at 12:56 of the first period. Shane Sooth finished off a nice passing play on a 2-on-1 rush. Robbie Payne had the primary assist while Brock Maschmeyer picked up a secondary assist.
The Falcons waited until there was :01 left on the clock in the first period to notch their first goal of the game. Mark Cooper caused a turnover in the Wildcat zone and the puck found Brandon Hawkins’ stick. Hawkins passed to Cooper who had skated to the front of the net and one-timed a shot past Tolvanen for his sixth goal of the season.
The Wildcats did a better job controlling the Falcons Saturday night as Bowling Green was held to nine shots on Tolvanen with eight saves. The Wildcats had five shots on Nell with four of those chances getting saved.
The Falcons pushed the score to 2-1 at 4:33 of the second period. Tyler Spezia fed the puck to John Schilling who skated the puck into the Wildcat zone. Schilling passed to Mark Friedman across the blue line to Mark Friedman who launched a rocket one-timer past Tolvanen for his second goal of the season.
Bowling Green pushed its lead to 3-1 at 9:19 of the second period. Ben Murphy started the play with a feed to Chris Pohlkamp who was along the boards. He found Brett D’Andrea in the slot, who squared to the net and wristed a shot high that beat Tolvanen. The goal was D’Andrea’s second of the season and fifth of his career.
The Wildcats pulled back within one at 18:54 of the second period. The Wildcats broke into a 2-on-1 from the neutral zone. Troy Loggins found Darren Nowick who skated in on Nell and went five-hole for the Wildcats’ second goal.
The Falcons finished with 13 shots in the second period with Tolvanen saving 11 of those chances. The Wildcats had four shots in the period with Nell stopping three of those opportunities.
The Wildcats build on their momentum from late in the second period and tied the game at 1:21 of the third period. The Wildcats got the puck near the crease and Filip Starzynski chopped a shot on Nell that came to Cohen Adair. Adair pulled the puck from his backhand to his forehand before roofing it over Nell.
The Wildcats continued pushing hard to get a lead but Chris Nell made opportune saves late and kept the game tied to take it into an overtime period.
Nell had seven saves on eight shots in the third period while Tolvanen stopped all 12 Falcon shots he faced.
Brett D’Andrea took an interference penalty at 3:11 of the extra period which forced the Falcons to skate shorthanded for the remainder of the game.
The Falcons’ penalty kill played an aggressive forecheck as the game winded down. In a desperation shot Mitch McLain fired a shot from the boards near the Bowling Green bench. The shot suprised Tolvanen who allowed it to beat him between his legs for McLain’s second goal of the season. The goal came with just :05.3 left on the clock.
The Falcons had three shots in the overtime period while the Wildcats had six.
The Falcons will welcome the Minnesota State Mavericks next weekend to the BGSU Ice Arena.
- Mitch McLain (BGSU) – GWG
- Mark Friedman (BGSU) – 1 G, 1 A
- Brett D’Andrea (BGSU) – 1 G
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