BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Bowling Green State University ice hockey team lost to Michigan Tech University on Friday night (Jan. 31), by a score of 5-2, in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association affair. Playing in front of 2,169 Falcon faithful at the BGSU Ice Arena, the Falcons saw Brent Tate and Ralfs Freibergs tally goals, while Tomas Sholl and Tommy Burke combined for 23 saves on the night.
The Orange and Brown went 1-for-3 on the power play, while going 2-for-3 on the penalty kill. The power-play goal marked the second consecutive game the Falcons scored while holding an on-ice advantage. The Huskies outshot BGSU by a 28-21 margin, as the Falcons were outshot in two of the three periods.
The Huskies scored the first four goals of the contest, netting a power-play goal and three-straight even-strength goals through the first and second period. Junior David Johnstone scored the first goal at 12:08 of the first period, followed by sophomore Malcolm Gould at 13:57 in the first.
Michigan Tech followed with two more goals at even-strength in the middle period to push their lead to 4-0. The Huskies' Johnstone netted his second goal of the game at the 5:52 mark in the second before junior Tanner Kero pushed Michigan Tech's lead to 4-0 with a goal at the 9:52 mark.
Trailing 4-0, the Orange and Brown finally broke through Huskies netminder Pheonix Copley at 11:51 of the second, coming off the stick of Tate, to cut the deficit to 4-1. Senior captain Cam Wojtala collected the puck in the neutral zone, before tipping a pass to Tate streaking down the left side of the ice. Tate gathered the pass and flipped a backhanded shot over the right shoulder of Copley for his ninth goal of the year.
Michigan scored once more just before the end of the second period, netting an even-strength goal at the 19:54 mark to push their lead to 5-1 entering the final 20 minutes of play.
Bowling Green scored the lone goal in the final period, netting a power-play goal at the 18:13 mark. The Falcons worked the puck around the Huskies' zone before junior forward Ryan Carpenter fired a shot at the point towards Copley. Freibergs cut across the screen and tipped the puck past Copley for the Falcons' second goal of the evening.
Freibergs' goal marked his second of the season, and third in his career. The sophomore defenseman is second overall in scoring for defenseman in the WCHA with 19 points.
The loss dropped Bowling Green's record to 13-11-5 overall and 10-8-3 in the WCHA. The win improved MichiganTech's overall record to 9-14-6 and 7-8-4 in league standings.
The Falcons will be right back in action Saturday night (Feb. 1), facing off against Michigan Tech in the second game of their two-game home series at the BGSU Ice Arena. The puck is set to drop at 7:07 p.m.