|2nd||12:38||BGS||1-0||PP||Pierre-Luc Mercier (1)||Mitchell McLain/1, Sean Walker/3|
|2nd||18:03||LSS||1-1||PP GT||Zach Loesch (1)||Jake Hand/4, James Roll/2|
|Lake Superior State||0||1||0||0||1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Lake Superior State||9||7||5||6||27|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Lake Superior State (2-6-2)||1/4||6/12||0|
|Bowling Green (4-2-3)||1/5||5/10||0|
|Lake Superior State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Gordon Defiel (T, 1-4-2)||65:00||1||9||11||7||1||28|
|Bowling Green Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Chris Nell (T, 2-1-3)||65:00||1||9||6||5||6||26|
The No. 14 Bowling Green State University hockey team concluded its weekend series with a second consecutive 1-1 tie against the Lake Superior State Lakers Saturday night at the BGSU Ice Arena.
A crowd of 3,013 saw another tense duel between goaltenders Chris Nell and Gordon Defiel. Nell, who started both ends of a weekend series for the first time in his career, saved 26 of the Lakers' 27 shots. Six of those occurred in overtime, as Nell kept BGSU's third unbeaten weekend of the season intact. Nell is ranked third nationally in both goals against average and save percentage, improving both figures to 1.07 and .960.
The Lakers' Defiel entered the game on the opposite end of the spectrum, as he had allowed 3.62 goals per game and saved just 89 percent of shots to date. However, he completed an outstanding series by saving 28 of BGSU's 29 shots on goal.
"There was no room in their defensive zone at all for us tonight," BGSU head coach Chris Bergeron said. "I felt we were late to everything, which ultimately meant we were chasing the game around. And that's as much because of them as it is because of us."
Both teams came out of the chute with shot attempts on goal during the first minute of the game, but the action was relatively slow for the initial ten minutes of the first period. Through that point, the Falcons and Lakers had combined for only five shots.
Over the following five minutes, each squad fired a volley of shots. Nell made a great cover save of a shot by James Roll, then deflected two more. The Falcons came right back on offense, but Defiel walled out shots by Pierre-Luc Mercier, Jose Delgadillo and Stephen Baylis within a one-minute span.
BGSU had the only power play of the first, late in the period, but was unable to find the net. The first period ended scoreless despite nine shots each from the two teams.
Offense and intensity ramped up during the second period. Early in the frame, Tyler Spezia rattled a shot off the post that nearly gave BGSU a lead, then the Falcons put two more shots on net during their second power play.
The Falcons earned another chance at a power play and went on a successful penalty kill during the first half of the second period, but the game remained scoreless.
BGSU was awarded a fourth power play opportunity at the 11:16 mark of the second. Just over one minute later, Pierre-Luc Mercier picked up a rebound off a Mitch McLain shot and lit the lamp for his first goal of the 2015-16 season to give BGSU a 1-0 lead. Captain Sean Walker earned the second assist on the score.
Bowling Green completed their 11th consecutive penalty kill with 14:51 gone in the second period, but the Lakers were given another power play just two minutes later. LSSU capitalized to tie the game when Zach Loesch put a shot past Nell for his first goal of the season.
Despite 12 shots from the Falcons during the second frame, the game remained tied at 1-1 into the third period. Both teams were quiet on the offensive end during the final 20 minutes of regulation, as the two combined for only 12 shots. BGSU's final power play opportunity of the night occurred at the 19:28 mark of the third. They could not manage a shot during the 30-second chance, and the game went to overtime even at 1-1.
During the overtime period, the Lakers outshot the Falcons 6-1, but Nell stayed true to keep the game even. Bowling Green's only shot opportunity came with under one minute remaining on a close-range attempt from Kevin Dufour. Defiel made the save to end the game in a draw.
The back-to-back ties are BGSU's first since Jan. 7-8, 2012 against Ohio State at the BGSU Ice Arena. The Falcons' last back-to-back 1-1 ties occurred on Dec. 3-4, 2010 during Chris Bergeron's first year as head coach. The opponent was Lake Superior State, in games played at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
Bowling Green is now 4-2-3 overall and 1-1-2 in WCHA games. The Lakers are now 2-6-2 (0-2-2 WCHA). The Falcons take the ice again next weekend in Houghton, Mich. against Michigan Tech. The games on Nov. 13-14 will both begin at 7:07 pm. BGSU's next home games will be Nov. 20-21 against the Alabama Huntsville Chargers.