Bowling Green, OH – Bowling Green tried for a late attack to make up for a slow start, but were unable to upend the WCHA’s top team Thursday night. They fell to Bemidji State 2-1.
Chris Nell started in net for the Falcons. He made 25 stops on 27 shots faced. Michael Bitzer got the nod for the Beavers and turned aside 25 of 26 Falcon attempts.
The Beavers opened scoring at 17:59 of the first period. Dylan McCrory skated down the slot off a rush and beat Nell five-hole. Jay Dickman assisted on the scoring play.
Bowling Green finished the first period with nine shots on net, while Bemidji State managed 12 shots on Nell.
Bemidji State extended their lead to 2-0 at 8:40 of the second period. Jay Dickman managed to re-direct the puck off a shot from Kyle Bauman for the power play marker.
Bowling Green finished the period with seven shots on net, while Bemidji State had 11 shots on Nell.
The Falcons were finally able to get on the board at 16:05 while on the power play. Mark Friedman ripped a hard slap shot from the point that caught Mitch McLain in the helmet. The puck bounced off a Bemidji State defender and dropped to McLain’s feet, who buried the shot for his 13th goal of the season.
The Falcons pulled Chris Nell with a little over a minute to play, but were unable to register a shot with the man-advantage and fell 2-1.
Bowling Green finished the third period with 12 shots on net while the Beavers had 4 attempts in the final frame.
With the loss the Falcons fall to 10-12-2, 8-8-1-1 on the season. The Beavers improve to 15-7-3, 15-2-2-2. The teams will conclude their weekend series Friday at 8:37.
- Jay Dickman (BSU) – GWG, 1 A
- Michael Bitzer (BSU) – 27 saves
- Mitch McLain (BGSU) – 1 G
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