Bowling Green, OH – In a series that many saw as a match-up of the two best teams in the WCHA, it’s probably no surprise that the weekend finished with a series of ties. Saturday’s 2-2 tie with Minnesota State firmly planted the budding rivalry between the Mavericks and Falcons.
Chris Nell started in net for the Falcons and made 22 saves on 24 attempts. Jason Pawloski started in net for the Mavericks and stopped 31 of 33 chances.
After getting caught for tripping a Maverick behind the play Chris Nell was called for a penalty just :20 into the opening period. Brandon Hawkins served the two minute minor. The Mavericks converted on the chance just three seconds into the power play chance as Jon Jutzi’s slapshot from the blue line got behind Nell. Michael Huntebrinker and Teddy Blueger assisted on the goal.
The Falcons would tie the game at 6:27 of the first period. Matt Pohlkamp fed the puck along the near boards to Mark Cooper. Pawloski got caught leaving the five-hole open and Cooper wristed the puck between his legs for his seventh goal of the season. Connor McDonald was given the secondary assist on the scoring play.
Like Friday the Falcons struggled out of the gate as they only made Pawloski face four shots on net in the first period. The Mavericks had nine shots in the opening period.
The Falcons took a 2-1 lead at 8:53 of the second period. Matt Pohlkamp found Mark Friedman at the point who fired a shot that hit the rear boards. The puck came to Mark Cooper’s stick who shot the puck in off Pawloski for his second goal of the game and eighth of the season.
After the Falcon goal the Mavericks played a strong second half of the second period, but Bowling Green’s defense played well. The Falcons had 11 shots in the second period while Minnesota State had nine chances on Nell.
After a questionable roughing penalty called on Mitch McLain at 6:32 the Mavericks would pick up the tying goal at 7:34 of the third period. Zeb Knutson fired a blast from the point that got through heavy traffic and past Nell at 7:34.
The teams played a penalty-heavy third period with 16 minutes of penalties called between the two. Neither team was able to find the third goal in the third period and the game went to an overtime period.
The Falcons had 12 shots in the third period while the Mavericks had five.
The Falcons carried play through the sudden death overtime period but were unable to put away the Mavericks in the extra five minutes. The Falcons ended the final period with six shots while the Mavericks were limited to only one chance.
The Falcons’ record sits at 9-3-5, 6-2-4 after the weekend ties. The Mavericks move to 8-6-4, 7-1-4.
Bowling Green will travel to Bemidji State next weekend to face the Beavers.
- Mark Cooper (BGSU) – 2 G
- Matt Pohlkamp (BGSU) – 2 A
- Zeb Knutson (MSU) – 1 G
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