Bowling Green, OH – The Falcons’ nine-game winning streak was snapped Friday as they fell to the Bemidji State Beavers 4-3 in overtime.
Eric Dop started in net for the Falcons, stopping 32 of 36 shots faced. Zach Driscoll turned aside 26 of 29 attempts.
Bowling Green opened the game’s scoring at 16:28. Ethan Scardina ripped a shot on net that hit the post and sat behind Driscoll. Seth Fyten followed the play and tapped the puck in for his fourth goal of the season. Chrys Collin assisted on the scoring play as well.
The Falcons extended their lead to 2-0 at 19:08 of the opening period. Brandon Kruse had a takeaway in his defensive zone and carried the puck down to the Beavers’ defensive zone. He skated towards the net before backhanding a shot high past Driscoll. The unassisted goal was Kruse’s sixth goal of the season.
Bowling Green outshot Bemidji State 12-6 in the first period.
The Beavers cut into the Falcons’ lead 47 seconds into the second period. While skating on the power play Owen Sillinger was left alone on the backdoor when he finished a rebound off a shot from Elias Rosén to make the score 2-1.
Bemidji State scored the equalizer at 3:26. Darby Gula’s shot from the point found its way through traffic to beat a screened Dop.
Both teams had nine shots on net in the second period.
The Beavers took their first lead of the game at 3:28 of the third period. Aaron Miller forced the puck across the goal line as it sat in Dop’s crease.
The Falcons tied the game at 11:12 of the third frame. Evan Dougherty’s riser from near faceoff circle gave the Falcons the equalizer. The goal was Dougherty’s fourth of the season and was assisted by Chrys Collin and Garrett Daly.
Neither team scored again in the final period, sending it to an overtime period.
Bemidji State outshot Bowling Green 19-8 in the third period.
It took just 20 seconds for the Beavers to win in overtime. Ethan Somoza’s one-timer beat Dop to give Bemidji State the win.
With the loss, the Falcons fall to 12-2-0, 3-1-0-0 on the season. Bemidji State improves to 3-4-2, 1-1-0-0.
Bowling Green will face the USNTDP U-18 team Monday in Plymouth, Michigan in an exhibition contest Monday.