Bemidji, MN – The Falcons didn’t play their best game Friday against the Beavers. But, excellent goaltending and opportune scoring gave Bowling Green a 3-2 win over Bemidji State.
Zack Rose started in net for the Falcons, stopping 38 of 40 shots faced — a new collegiate career high for him. Mattias Sholl turned aside 19 of 22 shots for the Beavers.
The Beavers converted on their fourth power play of the first period when Eric Martin potted a rebound at 19:54. Bemidji State took the late goal and the 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
Rose was peppered with 16 shots in the first period while Sholl picked up just five saves.
After a rough first period the Falcons turned things around in the middle frame.
Chrys Collin’s goal at 1:21 gave the Falcons their first goal of the game and his first goal of the season. Sam Craggs assisted on the play.
The Falcons took their first lead of the game with just 16 seconds to play in the second period. Coale Norris found a loose puck sitting in the crease, potting his shot for his third goal of the season. Nathan Burke assisted on the goal.
Both teams finished the second period with 11 shots on net.
Collin added his second goal of the game at 3:49 of the third period. The Falcons took advantage of a turnover by the Beavers in their zone with Taylor Schneider and Eric Parker picking up assists on the goal.
Ethan Somoza cut the Falcons’ lead to 3-2 at 7:12 of the final period with a breakaway goal.
The Beavers pulled Sholl late but couldn’t find the tying goal.
The Beavers outshot the Falcons 13-6 in the final period.
With the win, The Falcons improve to 3-0-2, 1-0-0. The Beavers fall to 3-4-0, 2-1-0. The teams will conclude their weekend series Saturday at 7:07 PM.