Bowling Green, OH – With less than four minutes to play, the Falcons were staring down a 2-0 loss to Minnesota State. Two timely goals late helped push the Falcons to a 2-2 tie Friday.
Chris Nell started in net for the Falcons and stopped 33 of 35 shots faced. Jason Pawloski received the nod from Mike Hastings and stopped 19 of 21 chances.
The Mavericks opened scoring at 4:40 of the first period. After a Falcon turnover behind the net Jaden Schmeisser found Zeb Knutson in front of the net for the quick goal.
Minnesota State pushed its lead to 2-0 at 14:42 of the opening period. Michael Huntebrinker had a deflection that found the net from Jon Jutzi’s slap shot from the point. The officials took a look at the goal to check for a high stick but it was upheld.
Minnesota State dominated play in the first period as they challenged Nell with 16 shots in the opening period. The Falcons only managed six attempts on Pawloski in the opening period.
The Falcons had a long power play opportunity to end the period as Ryan Schwalbe left his feet, delivering a blind side hit to Tyler Spezia. The call questionably only earned a major with no game misconduct or disqualification.
The Falcons had their fair share of chances but were unable to score with the extended man-advantage.
The Falcons ended the second period with six shots on Pawloski, while the Mavericks had another strong period with eight attempts.
The Falcons were finally able to find the net at 16:18 of the third period. Brandon Hawkins had an initial shot that was saved by Pawloski. The rebound came to Brett D’Andrea behind the net who found Hawkins again. The sophomore forward beat Pawloski on the second attempt as he went between the pads.
The Falcons were able to complete the comeback at 19:53. The Falcons were serving a penalty for a too many men bench minor and had pulled Nell for an extra attacker. Mark Cooper dived to keep the puck in the Maverick end. Connor McDonald collected the puck and threw it around the boards where Matt Pohlkamp received it behind the net. He found Ben Murphy just inside the face-off circle and the senior forward wristed a hard shot that beat a sprawled out Pawloski.
The Falcons and Mavericks then took the game to an overtime period. Both teams finished the period with eight shots on net.
The teams played a back-and-forth sudden-death period as the Falcons killed off the remainder of their bench minor. Neither team was able to find the net in the overtime period and the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
The Falcons had one shot in the overtime while the Mavericks had three.
The Falcons moved to 9-3-4, 6-2-3 on the season while the Mavericks’ record went to 8-6-3, 7-1-3. The teams will conclude their weekend series tomorrow at 7:07 p.m.
- Ben Murphy (BGSU) – 1 G
- Zeb Knutson (MSU) – 1 G
- Brandon Hawkins (BGSU) – 1 G
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