|1st||11:19||BGS||1-0||EV GW||Mitchell McLain (12)||Tyler Spezia/12, Sean Walker/7|
|1st||17:51||BGS||2-0||PP||Brett D'Andrea (5)||Kevin Dufour/9, Tyler Spezia/13|
|3rd||10:04||BGS||3-0||EV||Frédéric Létourneau (5)||Stephen Baylis/8, Brett D'Andrea/7|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Bowling Green (10-11-2)||1/4||3/6||0|
|Mike Rotolo (L, 8-10-1)||60:00||3||8||5||8||21|
|Bowling Green Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Chris Nell (W, 7-8-2)||60:00||0||4||7||6||17|
TOLEDO, Ohio - The Bowling Green hockey team (10-11-2, 8-7-1 WCHA) faced RIT (8-10-1, 8-5-0 AHC) Friday evening in the first game of the Winterfest Doubleheader hosted by the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL. In the 3-0 victory against the non-conference rival, junior goaltender Chris Nell set a school record with his eighth career shutout.
The Falcons got off to a quick start in the Huntington Center by building a 10-4 advantage in shots on goal after the first period. It was 11:19 into the game when junior Mitch McLain notched his team-leading 12th goal of the season by coming in down low and taking a quick shot in the slot in 4-on-4 play to give Bowling Green the lead. The Falcons are now 6-0-1 when the Baxter, Minn. native scores a goal, and it is McLain's second consecutive game-winning goal effort.
Before closing out the first period, junior Brett D'Andrea was able to capitalize on the Bowling Green power play by netting his fifth of the year. D'Andrea was able pick up the rebound of a shot taken by senior Kevin Dufour to score the Falcons second of the period.
The non-conference foes were then held scoreless until midway through the final stanza of play, before D'Andrea passed the puck up the boards to sophomore Stephen Baylis. Baylis then fed the puck from behind the net to freshman Frederic Letourneau, who picked up the feed before taking a quick shot and burying the puck in the top right corner of the net for his fifth goal of the season.
With the assist on Letourneau's goal, D'Andrea was able to earn his third multi-point night of the season and fourth in his career.
While between the pipes for Bowling Green, Nell was challenged with 17 shots on goal by the Tigers, and remained steadfast though the 60:00 of action. With his first shutout of the season and eighth in his career, the Green Bay, Wis. native broke a three-way tie for first in the category of total career shutouts. Nell pushed Tyler Masters (1999-03) and current NHL-er Andrew Hammond (2010-13) down to second all-time, who each hold seven career shutouts in their time in the Orange and Brown.
Nell is also the current leader in the career record book with his 2.16 goals against average and .919 save percentage through his 68 games played.
On the night, Bowling Green was able to outshoot RIT by a 24-17 margin and went 1-for-4 with the man-advantage. For the 10th time this year, the Falcons held its opponent scoreless on the power play, en route to the team's second shutout on the year.
The Bowling Green hockey team will return home to the Slater Family Ice Arena on Thursday, Jan. 5 when it hosts Bemidji State in WCHA play. The teams will face off in the series finale at the Ice Arena on Friday, Jan. 6.