Bowling Green, OH – The ninth-ranked Falcons ran into a locked-in Atte Tolvanen, who picked up a shutout to give Northern Michigan a 2-0 win.
Ryan Bednard started in net for the Falcons, stopping 13 of 15 shots faced. Atte Tolvanen stopped all 35 shots faced.
Northern Michigan opened the game’s scoring at 4:37 of the first period. Connor Frantti sent a shot on net that Bednard caught a piece of, but it still trickled in over the line. The goal was assisted by Caleb Schroer and Garrett Klee, who is the son of Falcon-great Ken Klee.
Bowling Green had ten shots in the opening period while Northern Michigan had five chances.
Neither team was able to find the net in the second period, despite both teams receiving a pair of power-play chances.
The Falcons had 15 shots in the second period, while the Wildcats had four chances.
Northern Michigan extended their lead to 2-0 at 26 seconds of the third period. Philip Beaulieu bombed a one-timer from deep in the zone, beating Bednard over his blocker. The Falcons were skating on a five-on-three disadvantage due to a pair of penalties.
The Falcons pulled Bednard for an extra-attacker with 2:35 to play in the third period. But, the Falcons were unable to convert and fell 2-0 to the Wildcats.
With the loss, the Falcons fall to 6-2-1, 1-1-0-0 on the season. The Wildcats improve to 3-5-0, 2-2-0-0.
Bowling Green will travel to Anchorage, Alaska next weekend to continue their WCHA slate against the Seawolves.
- Atte Tolvanen (NMU) – 35 saves, SO
- Connor Frantti (NMU) – GWG
- Philip Beaulieu (NMU) – 1 G
Photos by Jessi Renner/BGSUHockey.com