Marquette, MI – After riding a four-game winning streak to enter the weekend, the 14th-ranked Falcons now find themselves heading in the wrong direction. They were beat 3-2 in overtime Saturday by Northern Michigan, giving the Wildcats the weekend sweep.
Ryan Bednard started in net for the Falcons and stopped 21 of 24 shots faced. Atte Tolvanen was again the Wildcats’ netminder and had 19 stops on 21 chances.
Bowling Green scored the game’s first goal at 7:47 of the first period. With the Falcons skating on the power play, Max Johnson sent a shot on net from the far face-off circle. Mitch McLain tipped the puck past Tolvanen for his 12th goal of the season.
The Falcons finished the first period with eight shots on net while the Wildcats had six chances.
The Wildcats’ power play was effective again Saturday, as Troy Loggins netted another man-advantage marker at 1:55 of the second period to tie the game at 1-1. It was the Wildcats’ fifth power-play marker of the weekend.
Northern Michigan took their first lead of the night at 19:28 when Jordan Klimek’s shot from the point beat Bednard’s five-hole to give the Wildcats a 2-1 lead.
Bowling Green finished the second period with five shots on net while Northern Michigan had six chances on net.
Lukas Craggs was penalized for a major checking from behind penalty at 8:20 of the third period. The penalty earned Craggs a game-misconduct, his third of the season. By NCAA rules Craggs will be suspended for the Falcons’ next game (1/19/18 vs. UAA).
Bednard was pulled for the extra attacker at 18:22 of the third period, and the Falcons responded with a goal from Cam Wright at 18:31. Alec Rauhauser sent a shot on net from the near boards. Wright chopped down on the puck and deflected it through Tolvanen’s five-hole. The goal was also assisted by Mitch McLain.
Neither team scored in the final moments of the period to send the game to an overtime period.
The Falcons finished the third period with seven shots on net while the Wildcats had 10 chances.
The Wildcats earned the 3-2 win with a Philip Beaulieu goal at 4:54 of the overtime period. His slap shot from the slot beat Bednard just inside the near post.
The Falcons had just one shot on net in the overtime period while the Wildcats were held to two chances.
With the loss, the Falcons fall to 12-8-6, 9-4-5-2 on the season while the Wildcats improve to 13-10-3, 11-5-2-2. The Falcons will welcome the Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves to Bowling Green next weekend.
- Philip Beaulieu (NMU) – GWG
- Mitch McLain (BGSU) – 1 G, 1 A
- Ryan Black (NMU) – 2 A