|2nd||11:18||NMU||1-0||EV GW||Brock Maschmeyer (4)||Philip Beaulieu/10, Troy Loggins/6|
|3rd||19:59||NMU||2-0||PP EN||Dominik Shine (16)||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Northern Michigan (9-17-4)||1/4||5/10||0|
|Bowling Green (14-17-2)||0/5||4/8||0|
|Northern Michigan Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Atte Tolvanen (W, 8-17-4)||60:00||0||11||16||13||40|
|Bowling Green Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Chris Nell (L, 10-13-2)||58:52||1||5||6||7||18|
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Bowling Green State University hockey team could not solve Atte Tolvanen for the second straight night and lost a 2-0 decision to Northern Michigan in the series finale on Saturday night at the Slater Family Ice Arena. The Falcons took 40 shots, their second-highest total of the season, and held the Wildcats to only 20.
Neither team could dent the scoreboard during the first 20 minutes. The Falcons were aggressive early and maintained control of the puck throughout much of the period. They limited the Wildcats to just five shots on goal and only one over the final ten minutes. However, BGSU's best chances only came on a pair of breakaways during a brief NMU power play near the end of the period, and neither shot could get past Tolvanen.
Northern Michigan suffered an even bigger shot disparity during the second period, but they were the ones to finally break the 0-0 deadlock. Early in the period, Sean Walker took an interference penalty. After the Wildcats put a shot off the crossbar, Lukas Craggs nearly scored a short-handed goal on a breakaway that was turned away by Tolvanen. After the penalty, Walker shot one of his own off the bar.
Several minutes later, Brock Maschmeyer took a re-directed puck and snuck it past Falcon goaltender Chris Nell for a 1-0 lead at the 11:18 mark of the second. That would prove to be all the offense they would need. The Falcons took 16 shots in the second period to only seven for NMU.
The third period continued the extraordinary frustration for BGSU's offense. Time and time again, the team generated chances but could not put the puck in the net. Perhaps the Falcons' best scoring opportunity of the game came after Zach Diamantoni went to the box for tripping with 11:50 left on the clock. Midway through the power play, Brett D'Andrea was in the circle to Tolvanen's left and found him on the opposite side of the net. He took the open shot, but somehow, Tolvanen recovered to make a glove save.
Northern Michigan added an empty-net goal with :00.5 left in the game to earn a 2-0 victory.
Chris Nell was once again solid in goal with 18 saves in 19 opportunities. Unfortunately, that could not match Tolvanen's, who saved all 40 shots in this game and 75 overall during the two-game series.
This is the first time in BGSU hockey program history that the Falcons have been shut out in three consecutive games. Bowling Green has taken 94 shots without a goal since winning 3-2 in overtime on Jan. 27 at Ferris State.
The Falcons drop to 14-17-2 overall and 12-13-1 in the WCHA, while NMU improves to 9-17-4 overall and 7-12-3 in the WCHA. Bowling Green returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 5:00 p.m. against Mercyhurst at the Slater Family Ice Arena. The Falcons will celebrate the Ice Arena's 50th anniversary on that day. BGSU then concludes the regular season with a pair of WCHA games at home against Alabama-Huntsville on Feb. 24 and 25.