Coffman’s First Career Goal Vaults Falcons to WCHA Lead

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Sophomore Niko Coffman found a perfect time to score his first collegiate goal. His blast from the right side with just 72 seconds left in regulation gave the Bowling Green State University hockey team a 3-1 victory over the Bemidji State Beavers on Friday night (Dec. 1). The victory is the Falcons' first on a Friday night since a win at Michigan Tech on Nov. 3. Bowling Green improves their record to 7-5-4 overall and 6-2-3-2 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) games, and they now own sole possession of first place in the WCHA.

Beavers answered six minutes into the final frame, and the contest remained deadlocked until Coffman lit the lamp. BGSU put a final insurance goal on the board with a Mitch McLain empty-netter in the final minute. Bowling Green netminder Eric Dop provided excellent service in net with 24 saves, which helped keep Bemidji off the board during five power plays, including a five-minute man advantage in the second period.