Instant recap: Michigan Tech settles for tie with Bowling Green, loses shootout
HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech (4-5-2, 2-4-2 WCHA) was desperate for a win after losing four in a row. The Huskies didn’t get it against Bowling Green State (4-3-2, 3-1-2 WCHA), Saturday at the MacInnes Student Ice Area, but they got the next best thing: A tie.
In a game that went to a shootout, Tech and Bowling Green ended the first overtime with locked at 2. That means the game goes down as a tie, but the Falcons picked up an extra WCHA point on a Stephen Baylis shootout goal.
To start the game Keegan Ford lined up a long-distance shot moments after the start of play. He didn’t connect, but it proved to be a good omen for the Sophomore defender.
At 13:43 when Tech was in the midst of a power play, Ford got the same look. This time, he hit his target, scoring his first goal as a Husky and giving Tech a 1-0 lead.
Tech appeared to be making improvements defending the power play, killing to first two Bowling Green chances. But at 19:03, Tech’s Devin Kero came out to make a save and was whistled for grabbing the puck too far from the net. Cameron Wright got credit for the goal with 17 seconds left in the period as a shot from Baylis bounced off his leg and past Kero.
Bowling Green got another quality opportunity to start the second period, as Tech was cited with two penalties, giving the Falcons a 5-on-3 advantage. They kept the puck in front of the net for most of the play, but Kero and the Huskies defense stayed solid.
But a few minutes later Mitch McLain gave the Falcons a 2-1 lead after Gavin Gould was cited for a five minute elbowing penalty.
Tech had plenty of chances to tie the game in the third with seven quality looks. The Huskies finally connected when Mitch Reinke took a shot from just inside the blue line at 14:56. The puck ricocheted off Gould’s stick and gave Tech it’s first even strength goal of the game.
Next up Tech will play rival Northern Michigan, Friday at 7:07 p.m. in the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.
Bowling Green 1 1 0 0 0 – 2
Michigan Tech 1 0 1 0 0 – 1
Tech- Keegan Ford (Dane Birks), 13:43, 1-0.
BGSU -Cameron Wright (Stephen Baylis, Frede Letourneau), 19:43, 1-1.
BGSU – Mitch McLain (Alec Rauhauser, Wright), 12:13, 2-1.
Tech – Gavin Gould (Mitch Reinke, Mark Auk), 14:56, 2-1).
BGSU – Brandon Kruse- missed.
Tech – Jake Lucchini- missed.
BGSU – Rauhauser- missed.
Tech – Reinke- missed.
BGSU – Wright- missed.
Tech – Jake Jackson- missed.
BGSU – McLain- missed.
Tech – Beretta- missed.
BGSU – Max Johnson- missed.
Tech – Mark Auk- missed.
BGSU – Baylis- made.
Tech – Justin Misiak- missed.
BGSU, Ryan Bednard 7 5 13 2 3 – 30
Tech, Devin Kero 8 7 7 2 2 – 26
BGSU: 6/12; Tech: 6/15
BGSU: 2/7; Tech 1/5.