BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Senior forward Phil Fox had a stellar performance in what ended as a disappointing tie for the Northern Michigan University hockey Wildcats. Fox had a team high six shots on goals and two points on the night as he scored his ninth goal of the season and picked up an assist on Justin Floreks goal, in the Wildcat tie against the Bowling Green Falcons on Friday, Feb. 18. The Falcons won the shootout to pick up the extra point in the game. The ‘Cats are now 13-15-5 overall and 11-11-3-0 in the CCHA while the Falcons are 8-21-4 and 3-18-4-2, respectively. The two teams will finish their two-game series on Saturday, Feb. 19, when they face off at 7 p.m. in Bowling Green, Ohio.
The Wildcats led the game for the first two periods of play. Junior Justin Florek scored his 13th goal of the season at 13:16 of the first period, an even strength goal that was assisted by Phil Fox and Scott Macaulay. In the second period the ‘Cats increased their lead to two goals as Fox scored a power play goal at 5:53 with assists by Florek and Macaulay. In those first two periods the ‘Cats were outshot by the Falcons 15-14.
One minute into the third period Wildcat Kyle Follmer was whistled for checking from behind and received a two-minute penalty. Just over one minute into the Falcon power play Andrew Cherniwchan was called for a five minute major for contact to the head. He received a ten minute misconduct in addition to the major and the Falcons received a five-on-three power play. Fourteen seconds into the five-on-three power play, Falcon Cameron Sinclair scored his third goal of the season to make the score 2-1 in favor of the Wildcats. The Falcons continued on their power play and at 3:25 of the third period Michael Fink put another shot passed Wildcat goaltender Reid Ellingson to tie the score at two goals apiece.
The ‘Cats killed off the rest of the Falcon power play before getting two power play opportunities of their own. The ‘Cats were not able to cash in on either of their power play opportunities and went on to be outshot by the Falcons, 16-2 in the third period. In the overtime period both teams were scoreless and recorded three shots on goal. The Falcons won the shootout.
On the night Wildcat goaltender Reid Ellingson had 32 saves on 34 shots while Falcon goaltender Andrew Hammond had 17 saves on 19 shots. The Wildcats were whistle for six penalties totaling 23 minutes while the Falcons were called for four penalties totaling eight minutes.