Sault Ste. Marie, MI – The Falcons entered the third period with a 1-0 lead, but four Lakers goals in the final frame gave Lake Superior a 4-2 win Friday.
Chris Nell received the start for the Falcons, making 22 saves on 25 shots faced. Gordon Defiel started in net for Lake Superior, turning aside 35 of 37 shots faced.
Bowling Green struck first at 18:53 of the first period. Stephen Baylis dug the puck out of the corner and passed it back to Alec Rauhauser at the left point. Rauhauser spun around and backhanded the puck across the point to Sean Walker. The senior captain wristed a shot high, beating Defiel high over his left shoulder. The goal was Walker’s sixth of the season.
The Falcons finished the first period with 13 shots on Defiel, while the Lakers had 11 chances on Nell.
Neither team was able to find the net in the second period despite power play chances for each team.
The Falcons finished the second period with ten shots on Defiel while the Lakers had just six shots requiring Nell’s attention.
The Lakers tied the game up at 4:19 of the third period. A scramble of bodies broke out in front of Nell, and Luke Morgan was able to get just enough of the puck past the goal line.
Lake Superior took the lead at 8:09 when Anthony Nellis was able to skate the puck off the boards unguarded and fired a wrist shot high over Nell’s blocker side.
Max Humitz pushed the Lakers’ lead to 3-1 at 15:23. He collected a loose puck in the slot that had rebounded off a save from Nell. His wrist shot beat Nell high.
The Falcons were able to get a goal back at 17:44 of the third period. With Chris Nell pulled for an extra attacker, Chris Pohlkamp wristed a shot towards the net. Frederic Letourneau was parked in front of the net and re-directed the puck past Defiel. The goal was Letourneau’s third of the season. Stephen Baylis had the second assist on the play.
Lake Superior was able to pick up the game’s final goal at 19:14 of the third period as Diego Cuglietta scored an empty net goal.
The Falcons finished the third period with 14 shots on net. The Lakers had nine attempts in the final frame.
With the loss the Falcons fall to 7-8-2, 6-4-1-1 on the season. The Lakers improve to 8-7-0, 5-6-0-0. The teams will conclude their weekend series Saturday at 7:07.
- Max Humitz (LSSU) – GWG
- Gordon Defiel (LSSU) – 35 saves
- Matt McArdle (LSSU) – 2 A
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