|1st||16:06||BGS||1-0||PP||Mitchell McLain (4)||Brandon Hawkins/5, Mark Friedman/3|
|1st||17:52||BGS||2-0||SH||Matt Pohlkamp (4)||Nolan Valleau/7, Dan DeSalvo/6|
|2nd||4:39||BMJ||1-2||EV||Mitch Cain (2)||-|
|3rd||19:03||BGS||3-1||EV EN GW||Sean Walker (2)||-|
|3rd||19:17||BMJ||2-3||EV EA||Brendan Harms (5)||Nate Arentz/4|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Bemidji State (3-9-0)||0/7||8/16||0|
|Bowling Green (10-3-1)||1/4||11/33||1|
|Bemidji State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Andrew Walsh (L, 1-5-0)||58:50||2||9||6||8||23|
|Bowling Green Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Chris Nell (W, 4-0-0)||60:00||2||8||14||13||35|
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Bowling Green State University ice hockey team earned a weekend sweep of Bemidji State by defeating the Beavers, 3-2, on Saturday (Nov. 22) night at the BGSU Ice Arena in front of 2,366 Falcon fans.
"I'm really excited. We just beat a good team twice," head coach Chris Bergeron said. "We took care of our home ice which we wanted to take care of and needed to take care of."
The Orange and Brown received goals from Mitch McLain, Matt Pohlkamp and Sean Walker, while freshman goaltender Chris Nell turned away 33-of-35 shots on the night to move to 4-0-0 on the season.
McLain and Polhkamp recorded first-period goals, and after a Mitch Cain tally for the Beavers cut Bowling Green's lead to 2-1 heading into the third period, Sean Walker scored on an empty net for what stood as the game-winner with 57 seconds remaining in the contest. Brendan Harms countered for Bemidji State just 14 seconds later, but the Falcons held on for the 3-2 victory.
With the win, Bowling Green improves to 10-3-1 (7-1-0 WCHA), while Bemidji State, who fought hard all weekend, falls to 3-9-0 (2-6-0 WCHA).
The Falcons raced out to an early lead, scoring twice in the first period to take command of the hockey game. Bowling Green struck at the 16:06 mark of the first period for its only power play goal of the weekend. Mark Friedman gained control of the puck at the point, shoveled it over to the team shot-leader, Brandon Hawkins, who snapped a wrist shot. The puck was slowly heading towards the back of the cage, but McLain finished it off just to be safe.
Just 1:46 later, after a Bemidji State turnover, Nolan Valleau earned possession of the puck on the half wall. The freshman defenseman knocked it over to Pohlkamp, who made a deke in front of the net before beating goaltender Andrew Walsh - who made 23-of-25 saves - to give the Falcons a two-goal advantage. Bowling Green outshot the visitors, 11-8, during the opening period.
The second period was a different story, however, as Bemidji State registered 15 shots to Bowling Green's six to climb back into the contest. Nell was huge all night for BGSU. And was a big reason, despite giving up the second-period tally that the Falcons - who were outshot, 37-26 - won the game.
"The team did a good job of clearing the puck. We also did a good job of blocking shots," Nell said. "Any type of bad rebound I had, they were there to bail me out."
Nineteen minutes passed in the third period with the Orange and Brown still leading, 2-1, before a frenetic final minute. With chaos ensuing in the Falcon zone, Walker found the puck to the right of Sholl. Walker then fired the puck off the high glass in hopes of clearing the zone, but the puck perfectly bounced off the glass and still had the steam to slide all the way into the net.
After the Walker goal, it appeared that the game was over. But Harms banged home a rebound after Nate Arentz's shot from the point was denied. Bemidji State then worked the puck back into the Bowling Green zone after the face-off, but Nell and the Falcons survived the final seconds to earn the sweep.
Unlike last night, it was Bowling Green who blocked shots all night long, as BGSU registered 17 to Bemidji State's five. The Falcons' penalty kill unit was also huge, killing off all seven of the Beavers' opportunities.
Bowling Green will be back in action Dec. 5-6 when they hit the road for Marquette, Mich. to face Northern Michigan. Friday night's game is scheduled to start at 7:37 p.m., while Saturday night will feature a 7:07 p.m. puck drop.