BOWLING GREEN – The Bowling Green State University ice hockey team lost to Union College Saturday night, falling to the Dutchmen by a score of 4-1. Sophomore Dajon Mingo scored the lone goal for the Falcons, while senior Andrew Hammond stopped 26-of-30 shots in the loss.
Union once again took advantage on the power play, scoring two goals in six opportunities with the man advantage in the contest. The Falcon's goal also came with the man advantage, scoring one time in five power-play opportunities.
It didn't take long for the Dutchmen to light the lamp in the second game of the series, netting an even-strength marker just less than three minutes into the opening period.
Union's Max Novak won a clean draw in the Falcons' zone, sending the puck back to the point. Shayne Gostisbehere collected the puck, and fired it on net through a tangle of bodies. The puck found its way through Hammond's five hole, giving the Dutchmen the 1-0 lead.
With time running out in the first period, the Dutchmen struck again at even strength to pad their lead heading into the first intermission.
Union forward Wayne Sampson collected a clear-out pass from his defensive zone, and carried the puck up the near boards towards the Falcon net. Sampson cut towards the middle, and ripped a wrist shot through the defender that beat Hammond, putting the score at 2-0.
The Dutchmen would add two power-play goals to their lead, the first coming from Gostisbehere at 1:22 in the middle frame, and the second coming from Daniel Carr at 7:37 of the third period.
Trailing 4-0, the Falcons finally solved Union goaltender Troy Grosenick midway through the third period, netting a power-play goal to put the score at 4-1.
Bowling Green worked the puck around the Union zone, before finding sophomore Adam Berkle at the far circle for a shot. Berkle hit the post on the offensive chance, but the puck bounced back towards the slot where Mingo was waiting. With the goaltender down and out, Mingo shot the puck past the sprawling goaltender for his first collegiate goal.
The Falcons were unable to light the lamp again in the contest, giving Union the 4-1 victory.
The loss drops BG's record to 0-2-1 on the season, while the win improves Union's total record to 2-1-0. Neither team has competed in their respective conference yet this season.
Bowling Green is back in action this Friday, heading to Colgate for an out-of-conference road series. The puck is set to drop at 7 p.m. both nights.