Bowling Green, OH – For the second straight game the Falcons pocketed a shootout win, this time against the Lake Superior Lakers. The game is officially recorded as a 2-2 tie for NCAA/Pairwise purposes.
Eric Dop started in net for the Falcons, stopping 21 of 23 shots faced through the double overtime. Nick Kossof countered for Lake Superior and made 42 stops on 44 opportunities through the extended play.
Double overtime and shootout stats are unofficial, giving Dop 20 saves on 22 chances while Kossof had 34 stops on 36 Falcon opportunities.
The Falcons struck first at 2:56 of the first period. Max Johnson followed up a rebound, spinning around, and wristed a shot low beating Kossof. It was Johnson’s second goal of the season and was assisted by Connor McDonald.
Bowling Green finished the first period with 11 shots on net while Lake Superior had four chances.
The Lakers tied the game 54 seconds into the second period. J.T. Henke added to his team-lead in points after scoring a power-play rebound goal on Dop. The goal was assisted by Jake Hand and Hampus Erikkson.
The Falcons struck back at 6:08 of the second period. Kossof had gone behind the net to play the puck and left it for one of the Lakers. But, Max Johnson collected the loose puck and shot the puck at Kossof. The shot was saved but Brandon Kruse’s follow-up attempt got past the Lakers netminder for his second goal of the season.
Bowling Green had 10 shots on net during the middle frame and Lake Superior had eight chances.
Lake Superior scored their second goal at 8:57 of the third period. Anthony Nellis had a wraparound chance that was stopped but the puck deflected off Carson Musser’s skate and past the goal line.
With neither team finding the net again in the third period the game went to an overtime period.
The Falcons finished the third period with 13 shots on net while the Lakers had 10 chances.
Neither team solved the opposing goalie in the overtime period and the game advanced to a double overtime period.
The Falcons held the Lakers shotless while earning two chances for themselves.
Double Overtime Period
Despite racking up eight shots in the second overtime the Falcons were unable to solve Kossof three-on-three. The Lakers managed just one chance in the extra overtime.
In the third round of the shootout Mitch McLain’s shot deflected off Kossof’s shoulder and found the net, giving the Falcons the shootout win.
With the shootout win the Falcons’ record improves to 4-3-3, 3-1-3-2. The Lakers’ record falls to 2-6-3, 1-2-2-0.
The teams will conclude their weekend series Saturday at 7:07 PM.
- Max Johnson (BGSU) – 1 G, 1 A
- Nick Kossof (LSSU) – 34 saves
- Jake Hand (LSSU) – 2 A
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