Sault Ste. Marie, MI – For the second-straight game the #10 Bowling Green Falcons’ offensive game was largely missing in action Saturday night. Unlike the night before, they weren’t able to corral the Lakers and fell 3-2 in overtime.
Eric Dop stopped 23 of 26 shots for the Falcons. Mareks Mitens turned aside 29 of 31 Falcon attempts.
The Lakers picked up their first goal of the weekend at 7:10 of the first period. Max Humitz buried a one-timer on Dop’s five-hole to give Lake Superior a 1-0 lead.
Lake Superior had nine shots on net in the first period, while Bowling Green had seven attempts.
The Falcons scored their first goal at 8:23 of the second period with a five-on-three power-play goal. Alex Barber’s initial shot on net came to Connor Ford who buried the rebound chance for his ninth goal of the season. Alec Rauhauser had the second assist on the scoring play.
Bowling Green had 13 shots in the middle frame while Lake Superior had nine.
The Falcons took their first lead of the game at 2:27 of the third period. While skating shorthanded Connor Ford skated along the boards. He sent a saucer pass to Alex Barber in the slot who went bar-down for his fifth goal of the season.
Max Humitz scored his second goal of the game at 12:17 after Dop lost track of a rebound to again tie the game, this time at 2-2.
With the score tied at 2-2, the game went to an overtime period.
Bowling Green had 10 shots in the third period while Lake Superior had seven attempts.
The Falcons carried a power-play chance into the overtime period but couldn’t convert. It was Hampus Eriksson scoring a one-time goal from point blank range at 1:38 of overtime to earn the upset win over Bowling Green.
Both teams had a single shot in the bonus period.
With the loss, Bowling Green falls to 12-6-1, 7-4-1-1 while the Lakers improve to 6-15-1, 4-9-1-1.
The Falcons will welcome Chris Bergeron’s Miami RedHawks on December 30th to the Slater Family Ice Arena in league action.
Happy Holidays to all!