|1st||12:56||NMU||1-0||EV||Shane Sooth (4)||Robbie Payne/2, Brock Maschmeyer/5|
|1st||19:59||BGS||1-1||EV||Mark Cooper (6)||Brandon Hawkins/4, Connor McDonald/2|
|2nd||4:33||BGS||2-1||EV||Mark Friedman (2)||John Schilling/5, Tyler Spezia/2|
|2nd||9:19||BGS||3-1||EV||Brett D'Andrea (2)||Chris Pohlkamp/2, Ben Murphy/4|
|2nd||18:54||NMU||2-3||EV||Darren Nowick (4)||Troy Loggins/3|
|3rd||2:22||NMU||3-3||EV||Cohen Adair (3)||Robbie Payne/3, Filip Starzynski/2|
|OT||4:54||BGS||4-3||SH GW||Mitchell McLain (2)||Mark Friedman/7|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Northern Michigan (4-5-5)||0/2||2/4||0|
|Bowling Green (9-3-3)||0/1||3/6||1|
|Northern Michigan Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Atte Tolvanen (L, 3-5-5)||64:48||4||8||11||12||2||33|
|Bowling Green Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Chris Nell (W, 6-2-3)||64:54||3||4||3||7||6||20|
Bowling Green, Ohio - They certainly have a flair for the dramatic. Sophomore Mitch McLain scored a short-handed goal with just 5.3 seconds remaining in overtime to give the No. 15 Bowling Green Falcons a 4-3 college hockey victory over conference rival Northern Michigan at the BGSU Ice Arena. The Falcons won their fifth consecutive game with all five contests being won by just one goal.
BGSU extended its home unbeaten streak to 11 games with the win, tied with No. 3 Quinnipiac for the longest active stretch in the country.
"I think we played some pretty solid hockey all weekend long," BGSU Head Coach Chris Bergeron said. "I thought our guys stuck with it and we had all four lines going and Mitch McLain got rewarded for a pretty good weekend."
Bowling Green made use of every second of Saturday night's game. Two of the team's four goals occurred with less than six seconds remaining on the clock. The Falcons' first goal, scored by Mark Cooper, crossed the line with one second left in the first period. In overtime, BGSU sent home the game winner with just 5.3 seconds to go.
The Falcons gave away a 3-1 lead and then took an interference penalty with just 1:49 left in overtime. Although Bowling Green's streak of four straight games with a power play goal came to an end, the Falcons found a different way to score on special teams.
With just 10 seconds left in the overtime session, McLain won a faceoff in the offensive zone, dropping the puck back to sophomore Mark Friedman. He dumped into the corner and McLain won a race to the puck, carrying it up the side board and to the top of the left circle, where he was able to spin and fire a desperation shot towards goal. The shot caught Northern Michigan freshman goalie Attie Tolvanen by surprise and skimmed between his legs with just over five seconds remaining on the game clock.
"I'd been struggling on draws," McLain said. "I was happy to win one. Friedman threw it back in the corner. I kind of looked at the clock to see how much team we had. I came up the wall and thought that we had minimal time left. It just happened to go in. It was a surreal moment."
The goal was McLain's second career short-handed score as he had one in just his third collegiate game, a 5-0 win at Alabama Huntsville a year ago. Bowling Green held Northern Michigan scoreless on two power play opportunities on the evening and held the Wildcats off the scoreboard with the man advantage for the weekend.
The first period began slowly and ultimately saw no penalties and only 14 total shots on goal. At the 12:12 mark of the frame, it appeared that BGSU had opened the scoring, but the goal was waved off. Just 44 seconds later, NMU's Shane Sooth scored his fourth goal of the season on a 2-on-1 break from the right side of the crease.
BGSU finally answered just before the horn sounded to end the first. Mark Cooper took a pass from Brandon Hawkins in front of the Wildcat goal and fired in the equalizer. It was Cooper's sixth goal of the season. Connor McDonald was also credited with an assist on the play.
The Falcons dominated for most of the second 20 minutes, as they scored twice in the first half of the period to grab a 3-1 lead. Friedman began the flurry at the 4:33 mark with his second goal of the season and of the series with a shot from the top of the circle. Friedman has now earned a point in five consecutive games. John Schilling and Tyler Spezia both received assists on the play.
Less than five minutes later, BGSU scored again. This time, Brett D'Andrea scored his second goal of the season at the 9:19 mark with assists from Chris Pohlkamp and Ben Murphy. Both of D'Andrea's goals have come in the last four games.
Bowling Green held the 3-1 lead until there was 1:06 left in the second period. NMU's Darren Nowick took advantage of a 2-on-1 and scored from the left circle to cut the Falcons' lead to 3-2 after 40 minutes. Despite the goal, BGSU held a 13-4 edge in shots on goal during the period.
The Falcons' one-goal lead lasted just 2:22 into the third period, when Cohen Adair picked up his third goal of the season for the Wildcats. With the game tied 3-3, BGSU was not able to solve Tolvanen with their 12 third-period shots. Chris Nell held on through an NMU flurry at the end of the frame, and the game went to overtime.
In the extra five minutes, Northern Michigan peppered Nell with six more shots, then held a 5-on-4 advantage for the final 1:49 when D'Andrea was called for interference. It appeared that the game would end in a tie, but BGSU had one last chance when McLain came through.
Friedman's two points give him nine for the season, and he now leads BGSU with seven assists. McLain's goal is his first game-winner of the season and third of his career.
BGSU is now 9-3-3 overall and 6-2-2 in WCHA play. With 14 points, the Falcons are currently tied for second with Michigan Tech, who plays late tonight at Alaska. If MTU earns a point tonight, the Falcons would be alone in third place. NMU drops to 4-5-5 overall and 3-4-3 in the WCHA. Bowling Green will complete their six-game home stand next weekend by facing WCHA leader Minnesota State. The games will be Friday and Saturday and will both begin at 7:07pm.