MARQUETTE, Mich. – It looked as if the Bowling Green State University Falcons might win a game in Marquette. BGSU has not won a game in Marquette since taking the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) play- in game in March 2001. At one point tonight the Falcons held a 3-1 lead in the third period. Northern Michigan University stormed back with two third-period goals to force overtime. After a scoreless overtime period and with the score deadlocked at three-all the Wildcats participated in a shootout at home for the first time this season. Before tonight NMU was 0-3 in shootouts, but tonight that all changed as the ‘Cats won the shootout 2-0 on goals by Mark Olver and Greger Hanson.
NMU picks up the extra point and are now 10-8-6 overall and 6-6-4-1 in the CCHA. BGSU is now 3-18-3 and 2-13-3-2 respectively.
The Falcons took the 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Tomas Petruska at 5:32 and 9:12 (power play). Tyler Gron cut the lead in half with his fifth goal of the season, on the power play, at 14:09 of the first period. Assisting on the goal were Andrew Cherniwchan and Kyle Follmer.
BGSU took the 3-1 lead in the second period with a goal by Jordan Samuels-Tomas at 12:54. Billy Smith with his third goal of the season made the count 2-1 at 6:12 in the final frame. Erik Gustafsson and TJ Miller were given the helpers on the goal. Justin Florek tied the game in regulation at three-all with a power-play goal at 10:13 for his fourth of the season. Greger Hanson and Mark Olver assisted.
Brian Stewart had 28 saves on the night. Nick Eno had 34 for the Falcons. NMU recorded 37 shots for the game while BGSU had 31. The ‘Cats were 2-6 on the power play while the Falcons were 1-7.
NMU hits the road next week to Omaha, Neb. to take on the Mavericks for a weekend set (Jan. 22-23).
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