OXFORD – The Bowling Green State University ice hockey team lost to Miami Saturday night, falling to the RedHawks by a score of 3-1 at the Goggin Ice Center. Dajon Mingo scored the lone goal for the Falcons, while senior goaltender Andrew Hammond turned away 31- of-34 shots in the loss. The Falcons were once again held scoreless on the power play, going o-for-2 on the evening. Miami was able to make the most of the man advantage, going 1-for-3 in the contest.
The RedHawks dominated the first half of the opening frame, scoring the first two goals of the contest. Miami's Jimmy Mullin netted the first goal for the RedHawks, sending a wrist shot past Hammond's glove side on a fast break into the Falcon's zone. Mullin's goal marked his third tally of the season, giving Miami the 1-0 lead just 5:20 into the game.
Miami's Bryon Paulazzo followed up with his third goal of the season just over five minutes later, doubling the RedHawks lead to 2-0.
With roughly 1:20 left to play in the opening frame the Falcons responded, netting their first goal of the game to cut the Miami lead in half. Sophomore Ryan Carpenter took possession of the puck behind the Miami net, sending a pass to fellow sophomore Dan DeSalvo at the far circle. DeSalvo accepted the pass, firing a shot towards the Miami net. DeSalvo's shot deflected off a tangle of bodies in front, glancing off the stick of Mingo towards Miami goaltender Ryan McKay. Mingo's tip beat McKay, marking his sixth goal of the season.
The RedHawks answered back with an insurance goal on the power play at the six-minute mark of the middle frame, once again coming off the stick of Mullin. Miami's Steven Spinnell started the play with a shot from the point, handcuffing Hammond in the net. The rebound snuck out to the top of the crease, allowing Mullin to bury the rebound for his second goal of the game.
Neither team was able to light the lamp in the third period, securing the 3-1 victory for the RedHawks.
The loss drops the Falcons' overall record to 8-13-5, with a record of 5-10-3-1 in conference play. Miami now sits at 15-6-5 overall, including a record of 10-4-4-4 in the CCHA.
Carpenter's assist on the lone Falcon goal pushes his current point streak to an impressive 10 games. The last Falcon to record a point in 10-straight games was Alex Foster back in 2005-06, when he registered a point in 11-straight contests (12/3/05 – 1/16/06).
The Falcons' loss pushes their current winless streak against Miami to 16 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 17-game streak.
Bowling Green is back in action on Friday, Feb. 1 with a two-game home set against Lake Superior State. The puck is set to drop at 7:05 p.m. both nights.