Big Rapids, MI – The Falcons carried play for most of the game Friday, but needed overtime to down Ferris State Friday night. Bowling Green defeated Ferris State 3-2 and remain in third place in the WCHA.
Chris Nell started in net for the Falcons, stopping 21 of 23 shots faced. Justin Kapelmaster started for Ferris State, making 32 stops on 35 Falcon shots.
Ferris State scored the game’s first goal at 7:02 of the first period. Tyler Andrew joined the play off the bench and beat Nell with a wrist shot to his blocker side.
The Falcons had ten shots in the first period while the Bulldogs had seven pucks on net.
Bowling Green scored their first goal of the game at 7:29 of the second period. John Schilling forced a turnover in the Ferris State zone then left a pass for Tyler Spezia. The senior forward buried the wrist shot for his fifth goal of the season.
Ferris State re-took the lead at 15:47 of the second period. Corey Mackin found Gerald Mayhew in the crease for a 2-1 Bulldogs lead.
The Falcons continued their shot lead in the middle frame as they had 11 shots on Kapelmaster. Ferris State had eight shots on Nell in the second period.
The Falcons picked up their second goal at 10:17 of the third period while on a five-minute power play. Alec Rauhauser connected across the blue line to Sean Walker, who sent the puck towards the net. The puck deflected off a Ferris State defender and came to Kevin Dufour’s stick. The senior forward buried the puck under Kapelmaster’s pad for his tenth goal of the season.
Neither team scored again in the third period and the game went to an overtime period. Bowling Green finished the third period with 10 shots on net. The Bulldogs had eight chances in the period.
Mark Friedman scored the game-winning goal just 34 seconds into the overtime period. The teams were skating four-on-four due to late minor penalties to Jason Tackett and Sean Walker for unsportsmanlike conduct late in the third period. Brett D’Andrea and Friedman dug the puck out from a scrum in front of the Bulldogs’ net. Friedman sent a desperation shot towards the net while spinning around. The puck glanced off Gerald Mayhew’s skate and slid across the goal line for Friedman’s seventh goal of the season.
The Falcons had three shots in the overtime period while the Bulldogs had zero chances.
With the win Bowling Green improves to 14-14-2, 12-10-1-1. The Bulldogs fall to 8-16-4, 7-11-3-2. The teams will conclude their weekend series Saturday at 7:07pm.
- Kevin Dufour (BGSU) – 1 G
- Mark Friedman (BGSU) – GWG
- Gerald Mayhew (FSU) – 1 G
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