Bowling Green takes series-opener in final minutes

December 01, 20171st2nd3rdFinal
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Scoring Summary
210:41BGSUKRUSE, Brandon (McLAIN, Mitch , BAYLIS, Stephen)
306:19BSUSoucier, Mike (Heller, Jordan )
318:48BGSUCOFFMAN, Niko (FORD, Connor , BAYLIS, Stephen)
319:31BGSUMcLAIN, Mitch (SPEZIA, Tyler , MEIER, Matt)
Goaltender SummaryMinGAENSv
BSUBitzer, Michael59:242024
BGSUDOP, Eric60:001024
Statistical ComparisonBSUBGSU
Shots on Goal2527
Power Plays0-50-4
Bowling Green takes series-opener in final minutes
Friday, December 1, 2017
Bowling Green takes series-opener in final minutes

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (Slater Family Ice Rink) – With the game tied 1-1 after and just over a minute to play, Bowling Green State University defender Nikko Coffmann scored the first goal of his collegiate career to tilt the game in the Falcons’ favor. Bowling Green would add an empty-net goal late to bring the score to 3-1 and earn its fourth straight victory over Bemidji State University.

The Beavers got the first break of the game just two minutes into the second period. BGSU’s Lukas Craggs was whistled for a contact to the head major penalty setting BSU up with a five-minute power-play opportunity. The Beavers generated three scoring opportunities during the advantage but were unable to find the back of the net.

After 30 minutes of scoreless play, the Falcons took the first lead of the game at the 10:41 mark of the second. Brandon Kruse received a pass from Mitch McLain and Adam Smith before beating BSU goaltender Michael Bitzer for his fourth goal of the season.

Despite each team getting a power play in the period, the score would remain 1-0 in favor of Bowling Green through the end of the frame, sending BSU into the final 20 minutes of regulation trailing by a goal.

At the 6:19 mark of the third period, Mike Soucier netted his first goal of the season, with help from Jordan Heller, to even the score and put the Beavers in position to push the game to overtime or press, score and gain the road win. But when the Beavers could not clear the zone, Coffmann’s shot made its way though traffic and past Bitzer.

BSU pulled its goaltender for an extra attacker with 1:04 to play, but the Falcons countered with a two-on-one, empty-net goal at the 19:31 mark to put the game out of reach.

Senior goaltender Bitzer finished with 24 saves and two goals allowed, while backstopping a BSU penalty-kill unit that held BGSU without a goal in four opportunities in 59:24 in net. He took the loss and falls to 5-5-2 on the season.

The Beavers, now 5-6-2 overall and 2-4-1-1 in WCHA play, and Bowling Green will be back at it at 6:07 p.m. tomorrow. BSU looks to even the series, earn its first win over BGSU in four games and avoid is first three-game losing skid since Dec. 5-12, 2015.

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).