Bowling Green, OH – History has an unfortunate tendency to repeat itself. For #15 Bowling Green, it was another two-goal lead blown to #3 Minnesota State Saturday night. The Mavericks scored three-straight goals for a 3-2 win to earn the weekend sweep.
Dryden McKay turned aside 21 of 23 attempts for the Mavericks, while Eric Dop had 21 saves on 24 chances.
The Falcons opened the game’s scoring with a power-play goal at 17:27 of the first period. Max Johnson won an offensive zone faceoff, sending the puck back to Alex Barber. He found Connor Ford in the slot who buried a heavy clapper for his sixth goal of the season.
Bowling Green had eight shots in the opening period while Minnesota State had seven attempts.
The Falcons doubled their lead at 8:10 of the middle frame. Tim Theocharidis sent a shot on net from the blue line which deflected to the backdoor. Cam Wright collected the rebound, burying the shot. But, the goal was immediately waved off for goaltender interference. After a lengthy video review, it was determined that the interference was caused by a Maverick checking Sam Craggs into McKay, giving Wright his 16th goal of the season. Will Cullen had the play’s second assist.
The Falcons had 11 shots in the second period while holding the Mavericks to just six attempts.
The Mavericks cut the Falcons’ lead to 2-1 with a power-play goal of their own. Parker Tumoie beat a screened Dop at 4:50 for Minnesota State’s first goal of the game.
Minnesota State completed the game’s comeback as Josh French re-directed a shot attempt to push the game to a 2-2 tie.
Neither team scored again to send the game to an overtime period.
Minnesota State had nine shots on net in the third period while Bowling Green managed just four attempts.
The Mavericks scored the game-winning goal at 2:41 of the overtime period. Nathan Smith was the recipient of a deflected shot, beating Dop for the 3-2 win.
With the loss, Bowling Green falls to 13-11-2, 8-8-2-2. Minnesota State improves to 22-3-1, 16-2-0-0.
The Falcons will enjoy a week off before traveling to Bemidji, Minnesota to face the Beavers.