Mankato, Minn. --- Taking advantage of a pair of shorthanded goals, visiting Bowling Green claimed a 4-3 Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory over 18th-rated Minnesota State Friday in Mankato.
The Mavericks struck first when sophomore forward Teddy Blueger notched his third goal of the season with Minnesota State on the power play at 2:08 of the first period. BGSU responded a short time later on a Brent Tate tally at 4:12 and the opening frame ended knotted at one.
BGSU's Dan Dan DeSalvo scored a shorthanded goal at 2:06 of the second period, but Maverick senior Johnny McInnis jammed the puck past Falcon netminder Tommy Burke at 2:57 to even it up. The Falcons scored twice before the end of the period on a shorthanded goal by Adam Berkle at 6:47 and and even-strength marker at 9:48 with what proved to be the game-winner by Pierre-Luc Mercier at 9:48.
Minnesota State freshman defenseman Sean Flanagan wired a wrist shot past Burke at 14:33 for his first career goal to round out the scoring.
The Mavericks used two netminders in the game with Stephon Williams and Cole Huggins combining to make 21 stops. BGSU's Burke was credited with 30 saves.
With the loss Minnesota State falls to 3-4-0 overall and 1-2-0 WCHA. Bowling Green owns a 5-2-2 overall record and is 3-0-0 in league play.
The two teams close out the two-game series Saturday with a 7:07 p.m. start scheduled.