Sault Ste. Marie, MI – On a night where Chris Nell was brilliant in net, the Falcons just couldn’t give their sophomore goaltender any goal support in a 1-0 overtime loss to Lake Superior.
Chris Nell started in net for the Falcons, making his 16th start of the season. Nell was stellar again, making numerous odd-man rush saves on the way to a 31 save performance. The Lakers countered with sophomore Gordon Defiel who had a strong game as well, stopping all 25 shots he faced for the shutout.
The Lakers carried play for most of the first period, including three power play chances. The Falcons seemed to find their legs towards the end of the period, and had a couple shots hit the goal posts. But, neither team was able to find the net in the first period.
The Falcons finished with just six shots in the opening period, while the Lakers had 14 shots on Nell.
The Falcons thought they had their first goal at 4:55 of the second period. Adam Smith sent a rocket from the blue line that went over Defiel’s right shoulder. But, the officials ruled that a Falcon skater was in the crease and the goal was disallowed.
The Lakers had their best scoring chance of the game at 18:30 of the second period. Two Lakers skaters had a two-on-one opportunity. Nell made a series of saves to keep the game a 0-0 tie.
Like the first period neither team found the net in the second period. The Falcons had 10 shots in the second period, while the Lakers had nine attempts.
The Falcons and Lakers skated a very tight third period with both teams getting scoring opportunites. The Falcons’ best chance came with just :27.5 as Jordan Ernst skated in from the point, wristing a shot that went off the near cross bar. But, neither team could solve the other goaltender and the game went to an overtime period.
The Falcons finished the third period with nine shots on Defiel. The Lakers tested Nell with seven shots.
The Lakers would score the winner in overtime at 1:23 of the overtime period. Diego Cuglietta scored the golden goal for the Lakers on a slapshot from the face-off circle.
The Falcons were held without a shot in the extra period while the Lakers had two opportunities.
The Falcons drop to 13-6-5, 9-3-4 on the season. The Lakers improve to 8-12-4, 5-5-4 on the season.
Bowling Green will head to Oxford, OH next Saturday to play a single game against Miami as part of a broken up home-and-home with the inner-state rival.
BGSUHockey.com Three Stars
- Diego Cuglietta (LSSU) – GWG, 4 shots
- Chris Nell (BGSU) – 31 saves
- Gordon Defiel (LSSU) – 25 saves
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