Junior forward Blake Pietila scores game-winning goal for Huskies

Junior forward Blake Pietila scored the game-winning goal for the Huskies

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Bowling Green State University ice hockey team lost to the visiting Huskies of Michigan Tech on Saturday night (Feb. 1), 5-4, in overtime Western Collegiate Hockey Association battle. Playing in front of 3,104 Falcon faithful at the BGSU Ice Arena, the Falcons had three different skaters score goals, while sophomore goaltender Tommy Burke turned away 27-of-32 shots on the night.

The Orange and Brown received goals from sophomore forward Mark Cooper, freshman forward Kevin Dufour, and a career-best two goals from freshman forward Matt Pohlkamp. It was the first time Pohlkamp has recorded two goals in a single game, and marked his first multi-point game in his Falcon career.

Special teams made the difference in the game, as Michigan Tech went 2-for-7 on the power play, including the game-winning goal in OT. Meanwhile, the Falcons struggled to light the lamp on the power play, ending the night 0-for-6.

In a hard-fought opening 20 minutes of action, the Falcons outshot the Huskies by a 12-9 margin. Bowling Green capitalized on their early offensive chances and lit-the-lamp just 2:11 into the game.

Controlling the puck in Michigan Tech's zone, sophomore Ben Murphy fired a shot on net. Huskies' starting netminder Jamie Phillips made the initial save, but the puck bounced off his chest. Cooper quickly acted on the rebound in front of the crease and netted his team-leading 13th goal.

Bowling Green doubled their lead at the 9:18 mark in the first period, coming off the stick of Dufour at even-strength.

After working the puck through the neutral zone and into the Huskies' zone, Bowling Green's Sean Walker gathered a pass near the high slot. The freshman defenseman sent the puck wide of Phillips behind the net, as Dufour was able to collect dump. The left-handed freshman forward jammed home his own rebound past Phillips to hand the Orange and Brown a 2-0 lead.

The Huskies responded by taking a bite out of the two-goal deficit, netting their first goal of the tilt less than a minute later. Michigan Tech's Malcolm Gould flipped a shot over Burke's shoulder in front of the crease at the 10:07 mark in the first period to cut the deficit to 2-1.

The Falcons' 2-1 lead stood for the remainder of the opening period.

Bowling Green once again applied pressure offensively to begin the second period, outshooting the Huskies for the second consecutive period. The Falcons were able to extend their lead to two goals once more with a goal at the 10:10 mark, coming off the stick of Pohlkamp at even-strength.

Falcons' Adam Berkle sent a shot just wide of Phillips that hit off the boards behind the MTU's net. Pohlkamp acted quickly and sent a wrist shot that beat Phillips, handing the Orange and Brown a 3-1 advantage.

Fighting from behind the entire game, Michigan Tech scored the next two goals in the second and third period to climb back to a 3-3 deadlock with 18 minutes remaining in regulation.

After Huskies' Jacob Johnstone netted the equalizer at the 1:57 mark of the final period, the Falcons once again took the lead just eight seconds after. Bowling Green netted their final goal of the tilt at the 2:07 mark in the third to regain the lead.

After creating a turnover near the neutral zone, Bowling Green worked their way back into their offensive zone. Berkle gathered a pass near the left circle and fired it towards Phillips. The puck bounced off his left leg pad that found Pohlkamp. The freshman made a nice backhanded move in front of the Winnipeg Jets prospect and lit-the-lamp for the second time in the game.

However, the Huskies were able to score the final two goals of the game, including the game-winning goal at the 1:22 mark in overtime to hand them their eighth WCHA victory on the season.

The loss drops Bowling Green's overall record to 13-12-5, and 10-9-3 in the WCHA. The win pushes Michigan Tech's record to 10-14-6 overall, including a record of 8-8-4 in conference play. The game was battle throughout, as the tilt saw two ties and two lead changes.

The Falcons will be right back in action on Feb. 14-15 in Anchorage, Alaska. Bowling Green will take on the Seawolves of Alaska Anchorage in the WCHA conference affair. The two-game road series will be played at the Sullivan Arena. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:07 p.m. (AT).