Mankato, MN – The Falcons only took one lead Friday night. But, it came with an overtime goal by Mitch McLain giving Bowling Green a 3-2 win over Minnesota State Friday night.
Chris Nell started in net for the Falcons, stopping 32 of 34 shots he faced. Aaron Nelson stopped 23 of 26 shots attempted.
The Mavericks picked up the game’s first goal at 14:25 of the first period. Defenseman Ian Scheid skated in on Nell from the point, beating him high on his blocker side.
Minnesota State dominated play in the first period as they challenged Nell with 15 shots. Bowling Green had just six chances on goal in the opening period.
The Falcons picked up the game-tying goal at 7:57 of the second period. The Falcons won a face-off in the neutral zone and Tyler Spezia collected the puck. He passed to Kevin Dufour who skated in on Nelson. Dufour shot from the face-off dot, picked a spot high over Nelson’s shoulders, and found the net for his seventh goal of the season.
Minnesota State scored their second goal at 17:04 of the second period. Zach Stepan scored a rebound goal from Jordan Nelson.
Bowling Green again tied the game at 18:45. Kevin Dufour picked up his second goal of the game with a breakaway goal. Dufour took off on a breakaway and went forehand to backhand, beating Nelson five-hole.
The Falcons finished the second period with 12 shots on net while the Mavericks had nine attempts.
Both teams played a tighter third period and neither team was able to find the net. Bowling Green finished the period with five shots on net while Minnesota State had seven attempts. The game then went to an overtime period.
Mitch McLain got the game winning goal at 3:55 of the overtime period. Pierre-Luc Mercier started a rush into the Mavericks zone before finding Lukas Craggs. The freshman forward found Mitch McLain by himself near the far face-off circle, and McLain buried a one-timer for his 15th goal.
The Falcons had three shots in the overtime period, while the Mavericks had a pair of chances.
With the win the Falcons improve to 12-12-2, 10-8-1-1 on the season. The Mavericks fall to 13-8-2, 9-5-2-0. The teams will conclude their series Saturday at 8:07.
- Mitch McLain (BGSU) – GWG
- Ian Scheid (MSU) – 1 G
- Kevin Dufour (BGSU) – 2 G
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