2019-20 WCHA Game Recap

Freshman forward Nathan Smith scored at 2:41 of overtime for the Mavericks
Smith Propels Minnesota State To 3-2 Overtime Win At Bowling Green
Freshman forward Nathan Smith scored at 2:41 of overtime for the Mavericks

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The No. 15 Bowling Green State University hockey team fell to the No. 3 Minnesota State Mavericks on Saturday night (Jan. 18) in overtime by a score of 3-2. The Falcons jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to two power play goals, one in each of the first two periods. However, Minnesota State answered with a power play goal of their own in the third period followed by another goal with just over two minutes remaining in regulation. In the overtime period, the Mavericks found the back of the net to claim the win. The loss drops the Falcons record on the season to 13-11-2 while being 8-8-2-2 during WCHA play.

Next Home Game: The Falcons return to Slater Family Ice Arena on Feb. 7 to host Alaska Anchorage for the weekend. Both Friday and Saturday will have 7:07 p.m. puck drops. The Falcons last faced Alaska Anchorage in November, sweeping the weekend with a 3-1 win on Friday and a 3-0 win on Saturday.

Scoring Plays

- The Falcons lit the lamp first on the night with a goal coming on the power play from Connor Ford, his eighth power play goal of the season, to grant BGSU the early lead. Alex Barber and Max Johnson had the assists on the goal.

- The Orange and Brown added another goal, this one coming from Cameron Wright on the power play, to extend their lead. Will Cullen and Tim Theocharidis were credited with assists on the goal.

- In the third period, Minnesota State answered with a goal from Parker Tuomie, being assisted by Ian Scheid and Riese Zmolek.

- With just over two minutes remaining in regulation, the Mavericks tied it up seeing a goal from Josh French and assists from Andrew Carroll and Zmolek.

- In the overtime period Nathan Smith for Minnesota State netted the game-winning goal, being assisted by Jack McNeely and Julian Napravnik.

Other Key Plays

- With just over five minutes off the clock in the first period, Eric Dop made a glove save on a point-blank attempt by the Mavericks to keep the game scoreless.

- The Falcons ended both the first and second periods on the penalty kill, sending the Mavericks to each break with the man advantage.

- In the third period, Dop made two additional key saves that shoveled into a Barber breakaway attempt, but the Falcons were unable to score on the run.

- Bowling Green saw a power play early in the overtime period, but the Mavericks were able to kill it off.

Falcon Stat Facts

- With two power play goals on the night, BGSU reclaimed the top spot in the nation for power play goals with 31. Minnesota State tied the Falcons on the list during Friday night's game.

- With a power play goal to open the scoring column, Ford has now scored eight power play goals this season, moving him into a tie for second in the country.

- Wright lit the lamp for the 15th time this season, further extending his team lead in goals.

Up Next

- The Falcons will travel to face Bemidji State, closing out the month of January there on the 31 and opening February on the 1. Friday's game is set for a 8:07 p.m. EST puck drop while Saturday will be a 7:07 p.m. EST start. The meeting will be the first between the two teams this season.

Game Summary

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Game statistics
24 Shots 23
1 / 4 Power Plays 2 / 5
5 / 10 PIM 4 / 8
22-3-1 Records 13-11-2
Minnesota State Bowling Green
Connor Ford (11)
1st/17:27 PP
Cameron Wright (15)
2nd/8:10 PP
Parker Tuomie (10)
3rd/4:50 PP
Josh French (3)
Nathan Smith (5)
OT/2:41  GW
Minnesota State Bowling Green
Dryden McKay
62:41, 21 Saves, 2 GA
(W, 21-2-1)
Eric Dop
62:41, 21 Saves, 3 GA
(L, 13-10-1)