|2nd||9:49||BGS||1-0||EV||Matt Meier (2)||John Schilling/3, Chris Pohlkamp/6|
|2nd||14:10||MTU||1-1||EV||Jake Jackson (4)||Cliff Watson/7|
|3rd||8:31||MTU||2-1||EV GW||Jake Lucchini (7)||Matt Roy/10, Joel L'Esperance/6|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Michigan Tech (12-7-3)||0/1||5/10||0|
|Bowling Green (8-10-2)||0/3||3/6||0|
|Michigan Tech Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Angus Redmond (W, 11-2-1)||60:00||1||8||10||4||22|
|Bowling Green Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Ryan Bednard (L, 2-2-0)||57:54||2||8||12||9||29|
BOWLING GREEN, Oh. - The Bowling Green State University hockey team suffered a hard-luck 2-1 loss to the Michigan Tech Huskies on Saturday night (Dec. 10) at the Slater Family Ice Arena. The Falcons opened the game's scoring for the second night in a row before permitting a third period game-winner. Sophomore Matt Meier put home the lone Falcon score for his second goal of the season.
Like Friday's contest, the first 20 minutes went by with nary a goal from either team. Bowling Green had the only two power plays of the period but could not convert either. At the 5:49 mark, Joel L'Esperance was called for hooking. The Falcons took three shots, but each was blocked.
In the latter stages of the first, MTU's Cliff Watson was called for tripping at the 16:05 mark while Sean Walker and Chris Leibinger were each whistled for roughing. On the ensuing 5-on-4, Bowling Green was able to get two shots at Huskies' goaltender Angus Redmond, but neither found the mark. Michigan Tech then had arguably the best opportunity of the period at the final minute. Alex Gillies took a point-blank shot from Ryan Bednard's left, but Bednard made a tricky save to keep the game scoreless.
The Falcons finally dented the scoreboard midway through the second period. Shortly after blocking a pass across the crease on the defensive end, Matt Meier sent a wrister past Redmond from the back of the left circle. The goal came at the 9:49 mark and was assisted by John Schilling and Chris Pohlkamp. It was Pohlkamp's second assist of the weekend.
The Huskies' Jake Jackson evened the score at 1-1 with a liner from the left circle at the 14:10 mark of the second. However, BGSU was able to hold firm for the remainder of the period. That included killing Michigan Tech's only power play of the evening, which occurred just one minute after MTU's goal.
The game remained tied until Jake Lucchini managed to squeak a rebound past Bednard with 11:29 left in regulation. Once again, the Falcons' defense permitted nothing further, but the offense could only manage four shots on goal in the final period.
BGSU had a significant opportunity to get the equalizer in the final two minutes. Bednard was pulled for an extra man with 2:01 left, and over the next 90 seconds, McLain had a shot denied by Redmond while several other Falcon attempts were blocked. With :30.5 to go, Michael Neville was sent to the box for hooking. The power play gave BGSU a 6-on-4 edge, but they could manage no shots in the remaining time of the 2-1 defeat.
Michigan Tech outshot BGSU 31-23 overall, and neither team could convert on three total power plays. Each team won 37 faceoffs. Bednard saved 29 of those 31 shots from the Huskies.
BGSU's loss drops their record to 8-10-2 overall and 7-6-1 in the WCHA. This marks the first time the Falcons have been swept at home in a weekend series since February 2015 against Northern Michigan. The team returns to action next weekend with a pair of games at Alaska. Both games will start at 11:07 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, Dec. 16 and Saturday, Dec. 17.
Bowling Green returns to northwest Ohio on Friday, Dec. 30 when they host RIT at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio. The next home games at the Slater Family Ice Arena will be Thursday, Jan. 5 and Friday, Jan. 6 against Bemidji State.