BOWLING GREEN - The Bowling Green State University ice hockey team battled to a 2-2 tie with Western Michigan Saturday night, eventually falling in a CCHA Shootout. Sophomore Ryan Carpenter and junior Andrew Wallace scored for Bowling Green, while freshman Tommy Burke stopped 18-of-20 shots in the contest.
Bowling Green was held scoreless on the power play for the eighth-straight game, going 0-for-3 with the man advantage. The Broncos took advantage of their six opportunities, scoring both of their goals while on the power play.
Western Michigan started the game on fire, scoring the tilt's first goal just 26 seconds into the opening period after securing an early power play. The Broncos worked the puck around the Falcon's zone, eventually finding Kenney Morrison at the top of the circle. Morrison fired a shot past Burke for his second goal of the season, giving the Broncos an early 1-0 lead.
Despite owning an 11-5 advantage in the shot department, the Falcons were unable to solve Western Michigan netminder Frank Slubowski early on, giving the Broncos a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period.
The Falcons didn't t take long to light the lamp in the second period, evening the contest, 1-1, just 44 seconds into the frame. Dajon Mingo cycled the puck at the bottom of the Bronco zone, eventually finding sophomore Connor Kucera at the point. Kucera fired a shot at the Bronco cage, where it deflected off the stick of Carpenter in front. Carpenter's deflection beat Slubowski for his third goal of the season, tying the game 1-1.
Bowling Green would score again in the second period, taking a 2-1 lead at the 13:33 mark of the frame. The Falcons cycled the puck down below the Bronco goal line, before junior Ryan Viselli carried the puck out towards the slot. Viselli fired a shot on goal, before the rest of the Falcons crashed net. The shot squeezed past Slubowski's pad, and sat on the goal line behind the netminder. Wallace flew in, and poked the puck home for his first goal of the season, giving Bowling Green the 2-1 lead.
Western Michigan answered back in the opening seconds of the third period, scoring a power-play goal just 52 seconds into the final frame. Junior Shane Berschbach batted in a rebound to the left of the Falcon cage, tying the contest, 2-2, with the majority of the third period left to play.
Both goalies stood strong for the remainder of the contest, turning away the rest of the shots in the third period. The goalies were perfect in the overtime as well, sending the game to a CCHA Shootout. Western Michigan scored with their first two shooters, and held Bowling Green scoreless for a 2-0 shootout win and an extra conference point.
The tie puts the Falcons' record at 2-6-3 overall, with a record of 1-3-2-1 in CCHA action. The Broncos are now 5-2-1 overall, with a record of 2-1-1-1 in conference play.
Bowling Green returns to the BGSU Ice Arena this Friday, facing off against Ferris State in a two-game home set. The puck is set to drop at 7:05 p.m.