Bowling Green, OH – The 15th-ranked Falcons were able to stay blow-to-blow with the 3rd-ranked Minnesota State Mavericks. But, the Mavs were able to overpower the Falcons en route to a 6-3 win for the WCHA’s top team.
Dryden McKay stopped 23 of 26 attempts for the Mavericks while Eric Dop had 19 saves on 24 attempts.
Minnesota State opened the game’s scoring at 4:46 of the first period. Charlie Gerard finished off a passing play on the power play to give the Mavericks a 1-0 lead.
The Falcons responded at 9:36 of the opening frame. Brandon Kruse found Adam Conquest skating into the Mavericks’ zone. Conquest skated in on McKay, finishing with a five-hole shot to pick up his first collegiate goal. Jacob Dalton had the scoring play’s second assist.
Bowling Green had nine shots in the game’s opening period, while Minnesota State had eight attempts.
The Mavericks once again took the lead at 5:17 of the second period. Marc Michaelis finished a two-on-one breakaway to make the score 2-1.
But, the Falcons responded just eight seconds later. Tim Theocharidis sent the puck around the boards which was collected by Adam Conquest. He sent the puck on net from the backdoor, deflecting off McKay and into the net for his second goal of the night. Fellow freshman Adam Pitters had the second assist on the play.
Minnesota State took its third lead of the game at 10:14 of the second period. Josh French was able to bat in his own rebound to give the Mavericks a 3-2 lead.
Julian Napravnik made it 4-2 with a wrist shot that beat Dop, while Riese Zmolek tacked on the Mavericks’ fifth goal was he tucked in an attempt around Dop’s pad.
The Mavericks had 13 shots in the middle frame while the Falcons had seven chances.
Bowling Green cut the Mavericks’ lead to 5-3 at 11:03 of the third period. Taylor Schneider sent a shot on net from the point that was deflected in front of the crease by Sam Craggs. The re-direction was Craggs fifth goal of the season and also assisted by Casey Linkenheld.
The Falcons pulled Dop for an extra attacker with 3:06 to play in the final period. But, Nick Rivera netted an empty-net goal to seal the 6-3 win for Minnesota State.
Bowling Green had 10 shots on net in the final period while Minnesota State had four attempts.
With the loss, the Falcons fall to 13-10-2, 8-7-2-2 while the Mavericks improve to 21-3-1, 15-2-0-0.
The teams will conclude their weekend series Saturday at 7:07 PM.