#6 Mavericks blank #8 Falcons

By February 5, 2021 Game Recaps

Mankato, MN – The eighth-ranked Falcons had no response for the sixth-ranked Mavericks Friday night, falling 4-0.

Eric Dop stopped 25 of 29 shots faced for the Falcons. Dryden McKay stopped all 30 shots faced for the Mavericks.

First Period

Neither team scored in the opening frame.

Bowling Green outshot Minnesota State 11-10.

Second Period

The Mavericks broke through with the game’s first goal at 12:45 of the second period. Nathan Smith finished a three-on-two rush to give Minnesota State the 1-0 lead.

MSU added a second power-play goal at 18:00. Dallas Gerads tip-in pushed the Mavericks’ lead to 2-0.

Minnesota State held a slim nine to eight advantage in shots in the middle frame.

Third Period

Minnesota State pushed their lead to 3-0 at 8:46 of the final period. Walker Duehr’s shot beat Dop over his stick side for the insurance marker.

Riese Zmolek’s goal at 12:05 capped scoring for the game, giving Minnesota State the 4-0 lead.

Bowling Green outshot Minnesota State 11-10 in the third period.

With the loss, Bowling Green falls to 16-5-0, 5-2-0-1. Minnesota State improves to 10-2-1, 7-0-0-0.

The teams will conclude their weekend series Saturday at 8:07 PM.

Drew Evans

About Drew Evans

Drew is a co-founder and the editor for BGSUHockey.com. When he's not in the press box he makes (legal) drugs at a northwest Ohio compounding pharmacy. Drew is entering his 11th season covering Falcon hockey and has been a fan of the program since his time as a student beginning in 2003. He can be reached on Twitter @DrewEvansBG and by e-mail at Drew@bgsuhockey.com.