For the second consecutive night Wildcat senior forward Phil Fox came out with a remarkable effort against the Bowling Green Falcons, but tonight, the Wildcat captain and his team were too much to handle as the Wildcats defeated the Falcons, 3-2. With the win the Wildcats moved into fifth place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings with a 14-15-5 overall record and 12-11-3-0 record in the CCHA.
Although the Wildcats controlled the majority of play in the first period, it was actually Bowling Green who scored first as Ryan Peltoma scored an unassisted breakaway goal at 1:22 of the first period. The Wildcats continued to keep the pressure on Falcon goaltender Nick Eno, but it wasn’t until 13:02 that the Wildcats were able to put a score on the board for themselves. The goal was scored by Phil Fox, his tenth goal of the season, and was assisted by Justin Florek. Just 1:46 later the Wildcats took the lead as Scott Macaulay made a stunning pass to Greger Hanson who scored his fifth goal of the season. Florek picked up another assist on the goal that came on the power play.
The second period started much like the first with the Falcons scoring a quick goal at 2:07 of the period, tying the game at two goals apiece. The Wildcats responded as Phil Fox scored his 11thgoal of the season at 3:35 with assists going to Florek and Wade Epp. The goal by Fox ended up being the game winner as the two teams were scoreless for the remainder of the game.
Wildcat goaltender Reid Ellingson went the distance for the ‘Cats between the pipes. He had 26 saves on 28 shots while Nick Eno had 16 saves on 19 shots for the Falcons. The game only featured seven penalties as the ‘Cats had three for six minutes while Bowling Green had four for eight minutes. The ‘Cats were one for four on the power play while the Falcons were zero for three.
The ‘Cats will finish the 2010-11 regular season with a home series against the University of Michigan on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26. With just one weekend (Feb. 25-26) to play in the 2010-11 regular season the Wildcats will look to finish in fifth place or higher in order to earn a much needed bye in the CCHA Tournament. Teams finishing sixth through eighth will host the ninth though 11thplace teams March 4-6 in the first round of CCHA Tournament play. The ‘Cats are currently just two points behind fourth place Western Michigan and one point ahead of Ferris State and Alaska who are tied for sixth place. The ‘Cats are two points ahead of eighth place Lake Superior State and three points ahead of number nine Ohio State.