Lakers’ push back too much for #17 Falcons in 3-1 loss

By November 23, 2019 Game Recaps
Connor Ford controls the puck against Minnesota State on 1/24/18. Ford tallied the Falcons' lone goal (Photo by Todd Pavlack/

Bowling Green, OH – The #17 Falcons were unable to match the Lakers’ play Saturday night as Bowling Green suffered a 3-1 upset loss to Lake Superior.

Mareks Mitens stopped 29 of 30 shots faced for the Lakers, while Eric Dop rejected 19 of 21 attempts for the Falcons.

First Period

Neither team found the net in the opening period despite numerous power-play chances.

The period ended early when a pane of glass was broken by a clearing attempt. The teams went to the locker room for the first intermission and played the last 58 seconds immediately before the second period began.

The Lakers had nine chances in the opening period while the Falcons challenged Mitens just six times.

Second Period

Lake Superior broke Dop’s shutout streak (168:40) with a power-play goal at 10:25 of the second period. Pete Veillette‘s five-hole shot gave the Lakers their first goal of the weekend.

The Falcons responded with a power-play goal of their own at 11:41 of the second period. Brandon Kruse and Alex Barber cycled the puck below the goal line before Barber found Ford just outside the crease. Ford ripped a one-timer that beat Mitens for his seventh goal of the season.

Bowling Green had 13 shots in the second period while Lake Superior had seven attempts.

Third Period

The Lakers once again took the lead at 4:17 of the third period with another power-play goal. Alex Ambrosio’s goal gave Lake Superior a 2-1 lead.

Bowling Green pulled Eric Dop for an extra attacker with 1:10 remaining. But, the Falcons struggled to establish zone control, giving up an empty-netter goal to Max Humitz to seal the Lakers’ win.

The Falcons had 12 shots in the final period while the Lakers had six chances.

With the loss, the Falcons fall to 8-5-0, 5-3-0-0 on the season. The Lakers improve to 5-11-0, 3-5-0-0.

Bowling Green will play a home-and-home series with former CCHA rival Notre Dame next weekend.

Drew Evans

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