Bowling Green Shuts Out Bemidji State, 2-0, to Sweep Weekend Series
Sophomore goalie Chris Nell makes 28 saves for Falcons

Junior forward Pierre-Luc Mercier scored a goal for the Falcons
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
2nd 10:01  BGS1-0 EV GW Pierre-Luc Mercier (3)Jakob Reichert/1
2nd 17:32  BGS2-0 EV John Schilling (3)Ben Murphy/5, Sean Walker/7
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Bowling Green  0202
Bemidji State  0000
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Bowling Green  213621
Bemidji State  781328
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Bowling Green (11-3-5)  0/3 4/8 0
Bemidji State (5-9-3)  0/2 5/10 0
Bowling Green Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Chris Nell (W, 8-2-5)60:000 781328
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Michael Bitzer (L, 2-9-2)56:102 211619
Empty Net3:500     

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bowling Green State University goaltender Chris Nell made 28 saves to backstop the No. 14 Falcons to a 2-0 victory over the Bemidji State University men's hockey team Saturday at Sanford Center. The victory allowed BGSU to complete the Western Collegiate Hockey Association series sweep following a 4-1 decision Friday.

After a scoreless first 20 minutes of play, BSU got back-to-back power-play opportunities midway through the second period, but it was the Falcons who drew first blood. Jakob Reichert picked off a pass in the neutral zone and found Pierre-Luc Mercier in the slot for a tally at the 10:01 mark. BGSU built a two-goal lead at the 17:32 mark when Ben Murphy fired a shot form the right faceoff dot and BSU goaltender Michael Bitzer kicked the puck to the stick of John Schilling on the left post, who buried his third goal of the season.

Down 2-0 with 3:50 to play, BSU rolled the dice and pulled Bitzer to clear space for an extra attacker. The Beavers manage to generate some scoring opportunities, but were unable to solve Nell.

The Beavers bounced back form a 15-shot performance Friday to out shoot the Falcons 28-21 in the game, which included a 13-shot third period, but were unable to find the back of the net.

The BSU penalty-kill unit continued to cruise snuffing out all three of BGSU's power-play opportunities, but its power-play unit was 0-for-2, marking the extension of a seven-game, 0-for-22 drought.

Bitzer finished the night with 19 saves, but surrendered both Falcon goals and was tagged with the loss.

Bemidji State, now 5-8-3 overall and 4-7-2 in WCHA play will now break for the holidays. The Beavers will return to action Saturday, Jan. 2 when it travels to the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska for a 10:07 p.m. (CT) match up with University of Alaska. The series will conclude with a 8:07 p.m. (CT) opening faceoff Sunday, Jan. 3.