OXFORD – The Bowling Green State University ice hockey team lost to Miami Friday night, falling to the RedHawks by a score of 2-1 at the Goggin Ice Center. Freshman Mark Cooper scored the lone goal for the Falcons, while senior goaltender Andrew Hammond (6-9-3) turned away 24-of-26 shots in the loss. Bowling Green was scoreless on the power play in five opportunities, while Miami was 2-for-3 with the man advantage.
Miami came out flying in the opening frame, opening an early shot advantage on the visiting Falcons. However, Bowling Green was able to weather the initial storm, scoring the game's first goal at the 16:36 mark of the first period.
Sophomore Ryan Carpenter took possession of the puck at the bottom half of the near circle, before sending a pass to senior Ryan Peltoma at the point. Peltoma accepted the puck, sending a low shot towards the Miami cage. Cooper reached out and deflected the shot, beating Miami netminder Jay Williams for his seventh goal of the season.
Miami responded with two power-play goals in the second period, both coming off the stick of Cody Murphy. The RedHawks' first tally came just 51 seconds into the frame, as Murphy banged home a rebound after an initial save by Hammond in front. Murphy scored again at the 8:40 mark, netting another rebound goal to give Miami the 2-1 lead heading into the final period.
The Falcons peppered Williams in the final frame, with the majority of their chances coming on a five minute power play. Despite several quality opportunities, Bowling Green was unable to solve the Miami netminder, giving the RedHawks the 2-1 victory.
The loss drops the Falcons' overall record to 8-12-5, with a record of 5-9-3-1 in conference play. Miami now sits at 14-6-5 overall, including a record of 9-4-4-4 in the CCHA.
The loss gives the Falcons their first back-to-back defeats since the end of November, when Bowling Green dropped games to Ferris State (Nov. 17) and Michigan (Nov. 21).
The Falcons' loss pushes their current winless streak against Miami to 15 games, with Bowling Green's last regulation win against the RedHawks coming back on Jan. 4, 2008, a 4-2 win at the BGSU Ice Arena. The last Falcon victory in Oxford came back on March 10, 2001, a 4-2 win in the first round of the CCHA Playoffs, a 16-game streak.
Carpenter's assist on the lone Falcon goal extended his point streak to a career best nine games. Carpenter's streak marks the first Falcon to record a point in nine-straight games since Jonathon Matsumoto back in 2005-06.