MARQUETTE, Mich. – Two goals and 20 saves proved to be enough for the Bowling Green Falcons as they defeated the Northern Michigan University Wildcats in Central Collegiate Hockey Association first round playoff action on Saturday, March 5. The third game will prove to be a charm for either the Wildcats or the Falcons as the two teams will face-off in the third game of their best-of-three series in the first round of the CCHA Playoffs on Sunday, March 6, at 7:35 p.m. at the Berry Events Center in Marquette, Mich. Game three was forced by Bowling Green as they defeated the Wildcats on Saturday, March 5, after the ‘Cats won the first game of the series on Friday, March 4.
The Wildcats outshot the Falcons in each period and ended the game with 29 shots on goal in comparison to 20 for the Falcons. Scoring for the Falcons were Jord Samuels-Thomas and Ryan Viselli. Samuales-Thomas scored at 7:44 of the second period by knocking home a backdoor pass from Camden Wojtala. Viselli’s goal was an empty-net goal at 18:57 of the third period, assisted by Michael Fink and Jake Sloat. Reid Ellingson went the distance in goal for the Cats, recording 18 saves on 19 shots. Andrew Hammond earned the shut-out for the Falcons with 29 saves.
Both teams had three penalties for six minutes and each team was unsuccessful in their three attempted power plays.
Tickets for the Sunday, March 6, game can be purchased at the NMU ticket offices. The Berry Events Center ticket window will be open from noon until game time on Sunday, Mach 6. Ticket prices are $15 per person and $5 for students and children.