Houghton, MI – The Falcons, after falling behind 2-0 in the second period, erased the two-goal deficit in the matter of 24 seconds. But, a game winning goal by Michigan Tech during the second overtime period ended the Falcons’ season in heartbreaking fashion. The game ended in favor of the Huskies, 3-2.
Chris Nell started in net for the Falcons, making 27 saves on 30 shots faced. Angus Redmond countered for Michigan Tech and had 36 stops on 38 Falcon shots.
Neither team could find the net in the opening period, though they traded a few odd-man chances.
Bowling Green had six shots in the opening period while Michigan Tech eight chances.
Joel L’Esperance broke the scoreless game at 4:33 of the second period. Joel L’Esperance finished off a two-on-one breakout from Alex Gillies for the game’s first goal. The goal was preceded by a turnover in the neutral zone by the Falcons ,and then another once they had entered the Falcon zone.
The Huskies picked up their second goal at 12:25 while both teams were skating four-on-four. Jake Jackson collected a loose puck at the Falcons’ blue line and skated in on Nell. Jackson held onto his shot until Nell was forced to make a diving save, scoring at the goal line.
The Falcons finished the second period with 12 shots on net, while the Huskies had seven chances in the period.
The Falcons offense was finally able to find success offensively at 6:36 of the third period. Tyler Spezia passed to Alec Rauhauser back at the point, who found Joe McKeown in the deep slot. McKeown buried a wrist shot to pick up his second goal of the season.
A stellar individual effort by Matt Pohlkamp gave Bowling Green their second goal of the game at 7:00 of the third period. Angus Redmond attempted a pass behind his net to a teammate. But, Matt Pohlkamp intercepted the pass, skated hard to the front of the net, and slide the puck along the ice as he came falling to the ice. The goal was Pohlkamp’s 13th of the season.
The Falcons dominated play in the third period, racking up 11 shots, and holding the Huskies to just two attempts. With the game still tied after three periods the contest went to an overtime period.
Tired legs and near misses was the story of the first overtime period. Both goaltenders had to make tough saves in the first period of bonus hockey. But, neither team was able to find the winning goal in the first overtime and it went to a second overtime period.
The Falcons had seven chances in the first overtime period, while the Huskies had 10 chances.
Second Overtime Period
The heart-breaking goal came at 6:35 of the second overtime period. Shane Hanna got behind the Falcons defense on a four-on-four, scoring high over Nell to seal the win for the Huskies.
The Falcons finished the second overtime period with two shots on net, while the Huskies had three.
With the loss the Falcons’ season ends with a mark of 21-18-2. The Huskies improve to 23-14-7 and will advance to the NCAA Playoffs.
- Shane Hanna (MTU) – GWG, 1 A
- Angus Redmond (MTU) – 36 saves
- Matt Pohlkamp (BGSU) – 1 G
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