Bowling Green Toppled by Miami, 4-1

Senior forward Brent Tate scored a goal for the Falcons
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 11:42  BGS1-0 PP Brent Tate (4)Sean Walker/12, Shane Bednard/8
2nd 12:37  MIA1-1 PP Anthony Louis (7)Josh Melnick/11, Louie Belpedio/11
2nd 15:15  MIA2-1 EV GW Sean Kuraly (6)Scott Dornbrock/5, Grant Hutton/4
3rd 13:51  MIA3-1 EV Kiefer Sherwood (7)Sean Kuraly/13, Jack Roslovic/12
3rd 18:13  MIA4-1 EV EN Matthew Caito (4)Grant Hutton/5, Alex Gacek/9
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Miami  0224
Bowling Green  1001
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Miami  16141949
Bowling Green  87722
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Miami (12-13-3)  1/7 5/10 0
Bowling Green (16-10-6)  1/4 8/16 0
Miami Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Jay Williams (W, 7-4-1)59:531 77721
Empty Net0:070     
Bowling Green Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Chris Nell (L, 12-7-6)59:073 16121745
Empty Net0:531     

Bowling Green, Ohio - Bowling Green goaltender Chris Nell made a career-high 45 saves, but it was not enough as the No. 19 Falcons fell to the Miami RedHawks 4-1 Friday night at the BGSU Ice Arena. "They (Miami) were relentless tonight," BGSU Head Coach Chris Bergeron said. "They were harder than us on pucks and they were hungry. Chris Nell deserved way better than that, but the rest of us got exactly what we deserved."

The Falcons started the game quickly with a breakaway opportunity by Mark Cooper within the first minute. Miami netminder Jay Williams made the save, but BGSU was given a chance with an extra man just two minutes later when Scott Dornbrock was sent to the penalty box for cross-checking with 3:02 elapsed in the first period.

Miami's penalty kill unit, ranked first nationally with a 93.5 percent success rate, was tested three times by the Falcons in the first period.

Bowling Green did not get a shot at Williams during the Dornbrock penalty, but they got a second chance when Miami's Louie Belpedio was called for holding at the 9:48 mark of the first.

After getting a pair of shots at Williams by Brandon Hawkins and Shane Bednard, the Falcons finally lit the lamp with just six seconds left in the power play when Sean Walker sent a shot towards the goal, which Brent Tate tipped into the net with 8:18 to play in the period. Bednard was credited with the other assist on the play.

Nell kept Miami scoreless and maintained the team's 1-0 lead through the end of the first period by saving 16 shots. However, the RedHawks' pressure on offense continued to mount through the final two periods.

In the second period, BGSU penalties helped the RedHawks even the score. Tyler Spezia was called for holding at the 11:49 mark of the period, then just 11 seconds later, John Schilling knocked down Williams as he charged the net on a short-handed scoring opportunity and was sent to the box.

Miami wasted no time in taking advantage of the 5-on-3 situation, as Anthony Louis fired a shot past Nell from the right circle to knot the score at 1-1. It was the 28th shot Nell had faced to that point.

The Falcons were able to kill off the remainder of the penalty, but the RedHawks struck again with 4:45 remaining in the second. Dornbrock sent a laser toward Nell, which Sean Kuraly tipped in for a 2-1 lead. Grant Hutton also earned an assist on the goal.

Despite facing constant pressure, Nell kept the Falcons within one goal for much of the third period. With 7:00 left in the game, he had earned his career-best 40th save, but the Falcons' offense could not answer.

Kiefer Sherwood added a third goal for Miami at the 13:51 mark of the period, and Matthew Caito completed the scoring with an empty-net goal with 1:17 to play.

Nell finished the game with 45 saves in 48 attempts, both of which are the most of his career. It was the most saves for a goalie in a game since Andrew Hammond made 55 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss to Michigan on March 16, 2012 at Joe Louis Arena in the CCHA Tournament semifinals.

Tate's goal was his fourth of the season, while Walker (12) and Bednard (eight) both added to their assist totals.

With the loss, BGSU drops to 16-10-6 overall and 4-5-1 in non-conference games this season. The Falcons will resume their WCHA schedule next weekend with a pair of games at Alaska. Puck drop will be at 11:07 pm for both contests, which will be held Friday and Saturday. Miami's victory improves their overall record to 12-13-3 overall and 6-3-1 in non-conference games.