Houghton, MI – It took 70 minutes and six shootout rounds, but the Falcons pulled out a shootout win over the 20th ranked Michigan Tech Huskies Saturday. The game is officially recognized as a 2-2 tie for NCAA purposes.
Ryan Bednard started in net for the Falcons, making 30 saves on 32 attempts. Devin Kero had 26 stops on 28 shots faced.
Michigan Tech scored the game’s first goal at 13:43 of the first period. Kegan Ford sent a wrist shot from deep that beat Bednard high. The goal was a power play marker.
Bowling Green responded with a power play goal of their own at 19:43 of the first period. Stephen Baylis wristed a shot from deep in the slot. But Cam Wright deflected the puck, beating Kero for his fourth goal of the season. Frederic Letourneau had the second assist on the scoring play.
The Falcons finished the first period with nine shots on net while the Huskies had eight attempts.
Bowling Green scored their fourth power play goal of the weekend and second goal of the game at 12:13 of the second period. The Falcons were skating on a five-on-four advantage thanks to a major penalty by Gavin Gould for elbowing. Cam Wright fed the puck up to Alec Rauhauser at the point who sent a shot on net. Mitch McLain was on the doorstop and sent the rebound home for his second goal of the season.
The Falcons finished the period with eight shots on net while the Huskies had five opportunities.
The Huskies scored their second goal at 14:56 of the third period. Mitch Reinke’s one-time blast from the point moved the game back to a 2-2 tie.
Neither team found the net again in the third period and the game went to an overtime period.
Bowling Green managed just seven shots in the final period while Michigan Tech had 14 chances.
The Falcons and Huskies were fruitless in the overtime period and the game went to a second overtime.
Bowling Green and Michigan Tech had two shots in the extra period.
Second Overtime Period
Despite tired legs on both sides neither team found the net in second overtime period and the game went to a shootout.
The Falcons had two chances in the second overtime while the Huskies had three opportunities.
It took six rounds but a goal by Stephen Baylis and save from Bednard on a chance by Justin Misiak gave the Falcons the shootout win.
With the shootout win the Falcons improve to 4-3-2, 2-1-2-1. The Huskies’ record falls to 4-5-2, 2-3-2-1.
The Falcons will travel home next weekend to welcome the Lake Superior Lakers.
- Cam Wright (BGSU) – 1 G, 1 A
- Gavin Gould (MTU) – 1 G
- Ryan Bednard (BGSU) – 30 saves