EAST LANSING – The Bowling Green State University ice hockey team lost to Michigan State Saturday night, falling to the Spartans by a score of 3-1 at Munn Ice Arena. Junior Bryce Williamson scored the lone goal for the Falcons, while freshman goaltender Tommy Burke (3-4-2) stopped 15-of-18 shots in the loss. The Falcons were held scoreless with the man advantage for the first time in three games, going 0-for-2 on the night. Michigan State converted on one power play chance, going 1-for-5 in the game.
Similar to Friday's contest, the Spartans got on the board first, netting a power-play goal at 11:08 of the first period. Spartan Travis Walsh took possession of the puck at the far boards, before moving in towards the Falcon cage. Walsh slid a pass across the slot, finding Greg Wolfe for a wrist shot at the near circle. Wolfe's shot beat Burke, giving Michigan State the early 1-0 lead.
Michigan State added to its lead with a goal at 6:37 of the second period, coming off the stick of Tanner Sorenson at even strength. Spartan R.J. Boyd fired a shot from the Falcons' blue line, hitting a mass of players at the side of the net. The puck dropped to the side of the cage, where Sorenson was waiting to jam it home. Sorenson's tally marked his ninth goal of the season, and gave Michigan State a 2-0 lead.
Bowling Green answered back with just under six minutes remaining in the second period, scoring an even-strength marker to cut the Spartan lead in half. Junior Cam Wojtala and freshman Ben Murphy started the play, each getting several shots on goal in a scrum in front of the Spartan crease. Williamson swooped in as a trailer, and sent a backhander towards Michigan State goaltender Jake Hildebrand. Williamson's shot snuck through the crowd in front, beating Hildebrand for his ninth goal of the season.
The Falcons had several chances to tie the contest in the final frame, outshooting Michigan State by a 9-6 margin. Despite a strong frame, Bowling Green was unable to solve Hildebrand for the remainder of the contest. The Spartans added an empty-net goal in the final minute, securing the 3-1 win for MSU.
The loss snaps the Falcons' three-game winning streak, putting Bowling Green's overall record at 11-14-5, with a record of 8-11-3-1 in the CCHA. Michigan State now sits at 8-19-3 overall, including a record of 6-15-1 in conference play.
Sophomore Ryan Carpenter was held off the score sheet in the loss, snapping his 13-game point streak. Prior to Saturday, Carpenter's last game without a point came in the Falcons'3-3 tie with Alaska on Dec. 8, 2012. Murphy's assist on the lone Falcon goal gives him a point in back-to-back games, marking the first point streak of his career.
The Falcons are back on the ice Friday, Feb. 15, in a two-game road set with Ferris State. The puck is set to drop on 7:05 p.m. Friday night, while Saturday's tilt is set to start at 5:05 p.m. Saturday's game will air on Fox Sports Detroit.