Bowling Green, OH – A quick start by the Falcons wasn’t enough to push them past Michigan Tech Saturday. The Falcons fell 4-1, picking up a single WCHA point on the weekend.
The Falcons started Chris Nell in net, making his 23rd appearance of the season and stopped 24 of 27 shots faced. The Huskies went with Jamie Phillips, making his 25th appearance of the year and stopped 17 of 18 shots faced.
The Falcons didn’t wait long to light the lamp, as they picked up the game’s first goal just :45 into the opening period. Pierre-Luc Mercier won a face-off to Phillips right. The puck came to Kevin Dufour who buried the one-time shot for his ninth goal of the season.
The Huskies would respond, though, at 19:52. After turning the puck over just outside the zone, Brent Baltus and Alex Gillies skated in on a two-on-one. After forcing Nell to lay out, Gillies fed the puck across the crease to Brent Baltus who finished the play.
The Falcons finished the first period with eight shots on Phillips. The Huskies had 15 attempts on Nell.
The Huskies would take the lead at 13:12 of the second period. While down a pair of men due to penalties, Reid Sturos stole the puck in the Huskies zone, skated down the length of the ice, and buried a wrist shot.
The Huskies pushed their lead to 3-1 on the power play. Shane Hanna fired the puck from the blue line. Alex Petan was just outside the crease, and deflected the puck over Nell.
The teams were even in shots in the second period, as six shots were fired by each team.
The Falcons had a pair of power play chances in the final frame to pull back into the game. But, the man-advantage struggled to get shots on Phillips and the Falcons finished 0/5 on the power play for the game.
Bowling Green pulled Nell for the extra attacker at 16:01. But, the Huskies added an empty net insurance goal at 19:13 by Dylan Steman.
With the loss the Falcons fall to 15-8-6, 11-4-5, and remain in second place in the WCHA with 27 points. The Huskies improve to 14-7-5, 11-6-3, and remain in third place with 25 points. The Falcons will travel to Mankato, MN next week to face first-place Minnesota State (29 points) for a 1 vs. 2 match-up in the WCHA.
- Reid Sturos (MTU) – GWG
- Alex Petan (MTU) – 1 G
- Jamie Phillips (MTU) – 17 saves
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