BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- The Bowling Green State University ice hockey team shut out the University of Alaska Anchorage on Saturday night (Nov. 2), defeating the Seawolves, 1-0, to earn the weekend series sweep. Playing in front of 2,230 Falcon faithful at the BGSU Ice Arena, the Falcons (4-2-2, 2-0-0) lone goal came off the stick of sophomore forward Brent Tate, while freshman goaltender Tomas Sholl turned away a perfect 16-for-16 shots to earn his second shut out victory of the season.
In the first weekend series since 1988 between the two teams, the Seawolves (3-3-0, 0-2-0) could not solve Sholl in the net all night long, helping the Orange and Brown win both of their first two conference games in a season since 1996-97.
Much like last night, Bowling Green came out aggressive in the first period, outshooting the Seawolves by an 8-4 margin. The Falcons made the most of their opportunities, cashing in at even strength with 8:10 remaining in the period.
Dan DeSalvo received a pass from sophomore defenseman Ralfs Freibergs and danced his way behind the net. After a series of dekes, DeSalvo wrapped around the net and passed the puck towards the front of the crease. Tate took the pass, and sent a one-timer past the Seawolf goaltender for the game-winning goal.
Bowling Green outshot Alaska Anchorage thought the rest of the contest, sending 17 shots on goal over the final two periods of play. However, the Seawolves could not find the back of the net enlarge part of the Falcons defensive play throughout the night.
The Orange and Brown allowed a season-low 16 shots on goal, and only three in the second period. Alaska Anchorage also failed to cash in on five power-play opportunities on the night, sending only two shots on the Bowling Green cage with the man advantage.
The Seawolves were unable to solve Sholl for the remainder of the contest, giving Sholl his second consecutive shut out victory on home ice, and 36-straight saves at the BGSU Ice Arena.
Tate's game-winning tally marked his third goal of the season, and seventh of his career. Tate's last goal came against Colgate University on Oct. 19, as he scored twice in the 7-0 shut out victory on the Falcons' home ice.
The Falcons will take the ice again next week in Mankato, Minn. to take on the Minnesota State Mavericks at the Verizon Wireless Center. It will mark the first road conference series of the season for the Orange and Brown. The puck is set to drop at 8:37 CT.