Wildcats Fall to Ranked Falcons in Overtime

Wildcats Fall to Ranked Falcons in Overtime

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey (13-13-0, 12-7-0-0 WCHA) fell to No. 13 Bowling Green State University (18-7-3, 13-6-2-2 WCHA) in overtime Friday evening, 3-2.


Penalties were the story of the opening period with each team recording three. Each team went scoreless in two power play chances, but BGSU did manage to take an early lead on a shorthanded score. The goal came with five minutes remaining in the first period while the 1-0 Falcons lead would last through the first intermission. 


Less than five minutes into the second period, sophomore defenseman Adam Roeder (Ballwin, Missouri) scored his first goal of the season and third of his career to tie the game at one goal each. Junior forward Luke Voltin (Blaine, Minnesota) and senior defenseman Tony Bretzman (Mendota Heights, Minnesota) picked up their third and fifth assists of the season on the play, respectively.

The remaining 15 minutes of the second period went by without a goal sending the teams into the second intermission tied at one goal each. NMU managed to kill off two more Falcon power play chances in the second period to put BGSU at 0-4 for the contest.


After NMU killed off a five-minute major penalty that stretched through the second intermission, the Wildcats found themselves with nearly 20 seconds of power play advantage early in the third period. Senior forward Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) found the back of the net for the 12th time this season with one second remaining in the power play. The assist came from junior defenseman Philip Beaulieu (Duluth, Minnesota) for his 18th of the season. With the 65th of his career, Beaulieu moved into sole possession of ninth all-time at NMU among defenseman. 


Neither team managed to score the rest of the third period, sending the contest into overtime. It marked the first overtime contest for the Wildcats in the Berry Events Center since these two teams met in game three of the WCHA semifinals a season ago. The Wildcats went on to win the game and advance to the WCHA Championship Game.

It took just 17 seconds for BGSU to find the back of the net and secure an overtime win. It was the lone shot of the extra period and game the Falcons a 24-23 edge in shots on-goal for the contest.


Senior goaltender Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) played in all but three seconds of the contest en route to 21 saves. Still sitting at fifth all-time in the NMU record book, Tolvanen has 3,164 for his career and is 49 shy of fourth-place. 


NMU will try for a series split in front of the home crowd Saturday evening in the Berry Events Center. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.