Tech bounces back, tops Bowling Green 4-0

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio  – Michigan Tech shutout No. 14 Bowling Green State 4-0 Saturday in front of a sellout crowd at the Slater Family Ice Arena. Robbie Beydoun had 26 saves for his second career shutout, while Jake Lucchini scored a pair of goals and added an assist.

“That was a hockey game tonight,” Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. “Everyone in our lineup played well, and there wasn’t a weak link in the armor. I think that win was our biggest so far this season. Even bigger than the Ice Breaker.

“Robbie Beydoun was excellent. He made the saves when he needed and deserved the shutout. We did a good job protecting him, and it was just a gutsy effort by our team.”

Gavin Gould scored the game-winning goal 12:49 into the first period for his 10th of the season. 

In the second period, Gould fed the puck across the blue line to Lucchini, and a shot from the side of the cage deflected under Ryan Bednard for a 2-0 lead.

Mark Auk added to the lead with a long shot from the point on the power play. He passed back and forth with Mitch Meek before burying his fifth goal of the season, and third on the power play, at the 14:35 mark.

Lucchini scored his third of the weekend 14:30 into the third frame for the four-goal lead. He went in on a 3-on-1 with Rockwell and Joel L’Esperance and fired a shot under Bednard for his 10th of the season and 28th of his career. L’Esperance was credited with the lone assist.

Beydoun made his eighth career start and improved to 4-2-1. He stopped 10 shots in the first, three in the second, and 13 in the third. His first shutout was Dec. 15with a 3-0 victory over Lake Superior State at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

Tech held a 27-26 shots on goal advantage. Bednard had 23 saves and was the beneficiary of a pair of shots off the post by Dylan Steman.

Tech (14-12-5 overall, 10-9-5-2 WCHA) returns home for five of its final six regular-season games, starting Friday and Saturday against Bemidji State in the annual Winter Carnival series.