Bowling Green and Minnesota State met Friday in the semifinals of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
Chris Nell was in goal for the Falcons, while Minnesota State started Cole Huggins received the start for Minnesota.
Minnesota State opened the scoring at 5:18 after the Falcons were sloppy in their defensive zone. Brad McClure curled out of the left corner and scored with a wrist shot from in front.
The Mavericks doubled their lead just 1:42 later. Minnesota State won a battle along the boards in the offensive board, eventually allowing Casey Nelson to score with a laser from the right points.
Minnesota State held an 8-6 advantage in shots.
There was no scoring in the period. Each team had 10 shots on goal in the period.
The Falcons closed within one on Mitch McLain’s goal with 3:55 to play.
McLain was on the right side of the crease to fire in Matt Pohlkamp’s pass from the right corner. Mark Cooper had the other assist. The goal came during a 6 on 4 power play after BG pulled Nell for the extra attacker.
The Falcons held a 24-23 edge in shots for the game, including an 8-5 margin in the period.
The BG power play finished 1-4, while MSU was 0-6.
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