HAMILTON, N.Y. – The Bowling Green State University ice hockey team lost to Colgate Saturday night, dropping a 4-2 decision to the Raiders in the second game of the road series. Freshman Mark Cooper and Sophomore Ryan Carpenter scored for the Falcons, while freshman Tommy Burke stopped 23-of-27 shots in his first career start.
Both teams failed to score with the man advantage in the tilt, with the Falcons going 0-for-5, and the Raiders going 0-for-3.
Unlike Friday night's contest, the Raiders took it to the Falcons in the opening frame. Colgate scored two even-strength goals, and added a short-handed tally to take the 3-0 lead.
The Raiders' first goal came at the 11:07 mark of the first period, with Colgate's Tyler Spink hammering home a rebound on a shot from the point.
Colgate kept the goals coming, scoring a short-handed goal with just over five minutes to play in the first frame to take a 2-0 lead.
The Falcons worked the puck around the Colgate zone on the power play, before a loose puck made its way over to sophomore Dan DeSalvo on the right point. DeSalvo stepped up to try and control the puck, but was unable to hold the zone. The Raiders broke the other way on a 2-on-1, allowing Kyle Baun to break free and bury a one timer.
Colgate added their final goal of the opening frame at the 16:52 mark, coming off the stick of Tyson Spink for a 3-0 Raider lead.
Bowling Green finally broke through Colgate goaltender Eric Mihalik at the 11:26 mark of the second period, thanks to Cooper's second goal of the year.
The Raiders handled the puck in their own zone, before DeSalvo collected a loose pass at the right circle. DeSalvo drew the defender, and fed a cross-slot pass to Cooper for a quick wrist shot. Cooper's shot beat Mihalik, putting the score at 3-1 in favor of Colgate.
Colgate answered back with just under 1:30 remaining in the second period. Raider Darcy Murphy collected a pass along the Falcons' goal line, before breaking towards the Falcon net. Murphy's initial shot was saved by Burke, but Murphy's second effort made its way into the net for the 4-1 Colgate lead.
With just under a minute remaining in the middle frame, Carpenter collected a clear up the boards from DeSalvo and carried the puck into the Raider zone. Carpenter skated towards the Colgate net, and fired the puck top shelf to cut the Colgate lead to 4-2.
Despite the Falcons' comeback effort, neither team was able to light the lamp in the final period, giving Colgate the 4-2 victory.
The loss drops Bowling Green's record to 1-3-1 overall, while the win improves Colgate's overall record to 2-3-0.
Sophomores Dajon Mingo and Adam Berkle failed to register a point in the contest, putting an end to their four-game point streaks.
The Falcons allowed their third short-handed goal of the season in the 4-2 loss, matching their total allowed in all of 2011-12.
The Falcons are back in action Oct. 26-27, facing off against Ohio State at the BGSU Ice Arena for the first CCHA contest of the season. The puck is set to drop at 7:05 both nights.