Minnesota State, Bowling Green Skate to 2-2 Draw

Sophomore forward Zeb Knutson scored the game-tying goal for the Mavericks
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 0:23  MNS1-0 PP Jon Jutzi (3)Michael Huntebrinker/8, Teddy Blueger/10
1st 6:27  BGS1-1 EV Mark Cooper (7)Matt Pohlkamp/8, Connor McDonald/4
2nd 8:53  BGS2-1 EV Mark Cooper (8)Mark Friedman/8, Matt Pohlkamp/9
3rd 7:34  MNS2-2 PP GT Zeb Knutson (4)Teddy Blueger/11, Michael Huntebrinker/9
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Minnesota State  10102
Bowling Green  11002
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
Minnesota State  995124
Bowling Green  41112633
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota State (8-6-4)  2/5 6/12 0
Bowling Green (9-3-5)  0/4 7/14 0
Minnesota State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Jason Pawloski (T, 5-0-4)65:002 31012631
Bowling Green Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Chris Nell (T, 6-2-5)65:002 894122

BOWLING GREEN, Oh. - For the second night in a row Saturday, the No. 14 Bowling Green Falcons skated to a 2-2 tie with WCHA-leading Minnesota State Mavericks. With the two points on the weekend, the Falcons move into a second-place tie atop the league standings, just two points behind the Mavericks for the conference lead.

Bowling Green extends its home unbeaten streak, the longest active streak in the country, to 13 games. They are 5-0-4 at home this season and 15-3-5 over the past 23 games in the BGSU Ice Arena. The Falcons also extended its overall unbeaten streak to seven games and finished a six-game home stand with a 4-0-2 record.

Senior forward Mark Cooper scored both of Bowling Green's goals. It is his first multiple-goal game of the season and fifth of his career. It is also the tenth multi-point game in his four seasons and second in 2015-16. He now has eight goals this season, tops among all Falcon players.

Matt Pohlkamp joined Cooper with a multi-point night, as he provided assists on both of Cooper's goals. The two assists tie a season high for Pohlkamp, and he had a team-best three points this weekend. Pohlkamp has five goals and eight assists in his junior campaign and leads BGSU with 13 points.

"I thought we played well tonight," BGSU head coach Chris Bergeron said. "We did things with more purpose in the offensive zone and we won more battles. I'm really proud of our effort and we showed that when we do things right, we can be a handful."

The game started poorly for the Falcons. Just 20 seconds into the contest, goaltender Chris Nell was called for tripping, and Kevin Dufour went to the box. Just three seconds into the Minnesota State power play, the Mavericks were on the board. Teddy Blueger won the faceoff, and the puck went to Michael Huntebrinker. He fed it to Jon Jutzi just outside the top of the right circle, and Jutzi blasted home a shot for a 1-0 lead.

The Falcons, though, answered just six minutes later. Matt Pohlkamp fought the puck into the zone, and Cooper took a pass and fed a shot past Jason Pawloski from the bottom of the right circle. Connor McDonald also earned an assist on the play. At the 6:27 mark of the first, the game was tied 1-1.

The game remained tied for the rest of the first period, as shots were at a premium. The Falcons managed just four attempts at Pawloski, while MSU had only nine of its own.

BGSU took its first lead of the series 8:53 into the second period. Mark Friedman took a shot that went wide left and hit the boards. It ran to Cooper, who took a backhand shot from Pawloski's left and snuck it past him. After review for a possible hand pass, the Falcons had a 2-1 lead that lasted through the end of the second 20 minutes.

The third period was physical and full of penalties (eight combined), but only MSU could make one count. Mitch McLain went to the box for roughing at the 6:32 mark of the third, and 62 seconds later, Zeb Knutson evened the game with a rocket from deep in the middle, just inside the blue line.

The Falcons had opportunities to win the game, but they could not put home any of their 12 shots in the third period or six in the overtime frame. MSU, by comparison, had just six combined shots in the third and overtime, and only one in the final five minutes. BGSU outshot the Mavericks 33-24 overall.

This is the second time this season that Bowling Green has tied a pair of weekend home games by identical scores. On Nov. 6 and 7, the Falcons tied Lake Superior State 1-1 twice. BGSU has now played seven overtime games this year and are 2-0-5 in those contests.

The Falcons are now 9-3-5 overall and 6-2-4 in WCHA play. Minnesota State is 8-6-4 overall and 7-1-4 in the WCHA. MSU retains first place with 18 points, but BGSU moves into a second-place tie with Michigan Tech at 16 points. MTU lost a pair of home games this weekend to Alaska-Anchorage and has also played two more league games than the Falcons.

Bowling Green's next games are Friday and Saturday at Bemidji State, with game times of 8:07 pm Friday and 8:37 pm Saturday. After that, they are off until Dec. 30, when they host Western Michigan at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio. The next games at the BGSU Ice Arena will be Jan. 2-3 against Clarkson.