Bowling Green, OH – The Falcons have found themselves in unfortunate rare air as they were shut out for their third straight game Saturday, a first in program history. They fell 2-0 to Northern Michigan.
Atte Tolvanen started in net for Northern Michigan and stopped all 40 shots he faced. Chris Nell had 18 saves on 19 chances for Bowling Green.
Neither team was able to find the net in the first period despite a few power play chances. The highlight of the period came with about ten seconds left in the period as Kevin Dufour was stymied by Tolvanen on a breakaway chance.
The Falcons finished the first period with 11 shots on net while the Wildcats had just five chances.
Northern Michigan opened the scoring at 11:18 of the second period. Brock Maschmeyer finished a re-direct from a Philip Beaulieu for the game’s first goal.
The Falcons finished the second period with 16 shots on net while the Wildcats had seven chances on net.
The Falcons had a chance late to score the tying goal as Nell was pulled with 1:41 to play in the game. But, Bowling Green was called for having too many men on the ice. Dominik Shine added an empty net goal with half a second to seal the 2-0 win for Northern Michigan.
Bowling Green finished the period with eight shots on net, while Northern Michigan had 13.
The Falcons fall to 14-17-2, 12-13-1-1 on the season. The Wildcats improve to 9-17-4, 7-12-3-1.
Bowling Green will welcome Mercyhurst next Saturday to celebrate the Slater Family Ice Arena’s (formerly BGSU Ice Arena) 50th anniversary.
- Atte Tolvanen (NMU) – 40 saves, SO
- Brock Maschmeyer (NMU) – 1 G
- Philip Beaulieu (NMU) – 1 A
Photos by Jessi Renner// BGSUhockey.com