Toledo, OH – A staunch defensive effort and timely saves secured Chris Nell’s eighth career shutout, giving him BGSU’s all-time mark for that stat.
Nell stopped all 17 shots from RIT that he faced. Mike Rotolo got the nod for RIT, making 21 saves on 24 shots.
The Falcons picked up the game’s first goal at 11:19 of the first period. With the teams skating four-on-four, Sean Walker fed the puck along the boards to Tyler Spezia behind the net. Spezia made a series of moves to lose his defender and found Mitch McLain in front of the RIT net. McLain buried a one-timer low for his 12th goal of the season.
Bowling Green picked up their second goal at 17:51 of the opening period on the power play. Kevin Dufour wristed a shot from the glove-side face-off circle that Rotolo saved with his left leg. Brett D’Andrea collected the rebound and flipped the puck on his backhand into the net for his fifth goal of the season.
The Falcons finished the first period with ten shots on net. The Tigers had four shots in the opening frame.
Neither team was able to find the net in the third period, but RIT improved as the period progressed. The Tigers finished the second period with seven shots on net to the Falcons five attempts.
Bowling Green extended their lead to 3-0 at 10:04 of the third period. Brett D’Andrea won a board battle and passed to Stephen Baylis behind the net. Baylis got loose and found Frederic Letourneau in the slot. Letourneau wristed a hard shot high, beating Rotolo for his fifth goal of the season.
The Falcons’ third goal was the game’s final and the Falcons secured the 3-0 win.
Bowling Green finished the third period with nine shots on net while RIT had six attempts.
With the win the Falcons improve to 10-11-2, 8-7-1-1. TheTigers fall to 8-10-1, 8-5-0.
Bowling Green will welcome Bemidji State next Thursday and Friday to re-start their WCHA slate.
- Brett D’Andrea (BGSU) – 1 G, 1 A
- Chris Nell (BGSU) – 17 saves, SO
- Mitch McLain (BGSU) – GWG
Photos by Jessi Renner// BGSUhockey.com