Bowling Green Edges Past Northern Michigan, 2-1
Sophomores Mark Friedman and Tyler Spezia scores goal for Falcons

Sophomore forward Tyler Spezia scores goal for Falcons
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 2:24  BGS1-0 PP Mark Friedman (1)Ben Murphy/3, Sean Walker/6
3rd 1:31  BGS2-0 EV GW Tyler Spezia (4)John Schilling/4, Shane Bednard/4
3rd 6:57  NMU1-2 EV John Siemer (5)Darren Nowick/4
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Northern Michigan  0011
Bowling Green  1012
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Northern Michigan  42410
Bowling Green  1111830
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Northern Michigan (4-4-5)  0/3 5/10 0
Bowling Green (8-3-3)  1/3 5/10 0
Northern Michigan Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Atte Tolvanen (L, 3-4-5)58:392 1011728
Empty Net1:210     
Bowling Green Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Chris Nell (W, 5-2-3)59:091 4239
Empty Net0:510     

Bowling Green, Ohio - The Bowling Green State University hockey team outshot Northern Michigan 30-10 as the No. 15 Falcons won their fourth straight contest with a 2-1 conference victory over the Wildcats. The win extended BGSU 10-game unbeaten streak at home in the BGSU Ice Arena, tied with No. 3 Quinnipiac for the longest active streak in the country.

Northern Michigan's 10 shots on goal was a season low allowed by the Falcons and just the second time this year in which BGSU has allowed less than 20 shots in a contest. Bowling Green blocked 11 shots and sophomore goalie Chris Nell cleaned up most of the attempts that did get past the defense with nine saves.

"I like the way we played on both sides of the puck," BGSU Head Coach Chris Bergeron said. "I felt like we were in control of the game. Defensively, we were good and offensively, we created opportunities. And then we won the special teams."

Bowling Green also scored on the power play for the fourth straight game as Mark Friedman's slap shot from the point found the back of the net in the first period for his first goal of the year. He now has five points in the past four games, with at least one in each contest, after recording just two points in the first 10 games of the year. Ben Murphy and Sean Walker picked up assists on the score.

Friedman's goal helped Bowling Green's power play remain dangerous as the Falcons are 8-of-17 with the man advantage in the last four contests after going 1-for-3 Friday. Friedman was also a critical part of a penalty kill unit that held Northern Michigan scoreless on three chances. It ended a streak of six consecutive games allowing a power play goal for the Falcons.

Bowling Green outshot Northern Michigan 11-4 in the first period and took the 1-0 lead into the break. The score remained that way despite the fact that the Falcons held an 11-2 shots advantage in the second period.

BGSU started the third period on the power play but the Falcons were technically unable to convert. However, Tyler Spezia was able to pick up a loose puck in front of the net and ram home a shot just two seconds after the man advantage expired to put Bowling Green ahead 2-0. John Schilling and Shane Bednard picked up assists on that goal.

Northern Michigan did get back within striking distance five minutes later as John Siemer picked up a bouncing back on a breakaway and buried a shot to get the Wildcats within one. Northern Michigan, however, generated just four shots on goal in the final frame and Bowling Green picked up the 2-1 victory.

The Falcons had two other goals waved off as both Mark Cooper and Brandon Hawkins scored. Cooper's goal went to review before being disallowed while in the first period, while Hawkins' goal was quickly negated by the officials.

Freshman defenseman Chris Pohlkamp led Bowling Green with five shots on goal while Friedman, Cooper and Matt Pohlkamp tied for team-high honors with two blocked shots each.

With the win, Bowling Green improves to 8-3-3 overall and 5-2-2 in the WCHA, climbing into a three-way tie for second in the conference standings with 12 points. Minnesota State is 6-1-2 atop the conference standings with 14 points, while both Michigan Tech and Ferris State have 12 points, although both have played more league games than the Falcons. Northern Michigan falls to 4-4-5 overall and 3-3-3 in WCHA action. BGSU and NMU will play again at the BGSU Ice Arena Saturday night at 7:07 pm.