Lake Superior State Skates to 1-1 Tie at Bowling Green

Sophomore goalie Gordon Defiel made 42 saves for the Lakers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 6:46  BGS1-0 EV Kevin Dufour (6)Pierre-Luc Mercier/5, Matt Pohlkamp/4
2nd 14:04  LSS1-1 EV GT Josh Nenadal (3)Alex Globke/2
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Lake Superior State  01001
Bowling Green  10001
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
Lake Superior State  11109232
Bowling Green  111115643
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Lake Superior State (2-6-1)  0/5 5/10 0
Bowling Green (4-2-2)  0/3 7/14 0
Lake Superior State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Gordon Defiel (T, 1-4-1)65:001 101115642
Bowling Green Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Chris Nell (T, 2-1-2)65:001 1199231

Bowling Green, Ohio - The No. 14 Bowling Green State University hockey team engineered several chances late but ultimately had to settle for a 1-1 tie against the Lake Superior State Lakers in front of a crowd of 2,840 on Friday night at the BGSU Ice Arena.

"Lake Superior played hard," BGSU head coach Chris Bergeron said. "The special teams game was a draw tonight and you can probably say that the goaltending tonight was a tie. Most nights, you look at special teams and goaltending, and you're going to get your results."

The Falcons tallied a season-high 43 shots on goal, 21 of which came in the third period and overtime. Despite being constantly peppered, Laker goaltender Gordon Defiel managed to save several close calls, including shots by Sean Walker and Matt Pohlkamp within the final 30 seconds of overtime.

Defensively, Bowling Green was stout. The team blocked a season-high 17 shots, and 10 different Falcons produced at least one. Dajon Mingo led the defensive charge with four blocks. Falcon netminder Chris Nell kept 31 of LSSU's 32 shots out of the net. Among the nation's best in goals against average and save percentage, Nell improved both, to 1.09 and .959.

"We did a good job tonight of keeping their guys to the outside," Nell said. "It's always nice to get in a rhythm early."

The contest appeared to be chippy from the start, and several whistles in the opening minutes slowed the action. However, the Falcons' offense was able to establish early control of the puck and produced several scoring chances. One of those belonged to freshman Stephen Baylis, who attempted to light the lamp on the second shift of his first game, but was denied by a blocker save.

Finally, at the 6:46 mark of the first period, Kevin Dufour gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead and extended his team lead with his sixth goal of his season. Dufour drilled the shot home off a rebound from a shot by Pierre-Luc Mercier, who was credited with his fifth assist. Matt Pohlkamp also earned his fourth assist on the play.

The teams skated to a draw for the remainder of the first despite both receiving power play opportunities. The Falcons earned two penalty kills within a span of less than five minutes to maintain their lead.

In the second period, tensions mounted, and the teams were called for a combined six penalties. Neither squad could make their power play opportunities count, as the two would ultimately combine to go 0-for-8 for the night with a man advantage.

The Lakers got on the board to even the game at one late in the second period when Josh Nenada scored his third goal of the season at the 14:04 mark. Alex Globke earned his first assist of the season on the goal.

Neither team was able to find the net for the remainder of the game. In the third period and overtime, BGSU was able to outshoot the Lakers 21-11 but was unable to convert several golden opportunities into a game-winner.

The Falcons are now 4-2-2 overall and 1-1-1 in WCHA play. Bowling Green will conclude the weekend series with Lake Superior (2-6-1, 0-2-1 WCHA) Saturday night at the BGSU Ice Arena. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:07 p.m. ET.