|BG hockey loses in OT (11-12-13)|
|Written by Sentinel Sports Staff|
|Tuesday, 12 November 2013 09:20|
MANKATO, Minn. - Johnny McInnis' goal 71 seconds into overtime Saturday gave Minnesota State a 1-0 win over Bowling Green and a split of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association series.
The loss was the first of the season in league play for the Falcons, 5-3-2 overall and 3-1 in the WCHA.
They were bidding for their first 4-0 start in league play since the 1994-95 season.
MSU, the coaches pick to win the WCHA and ranked 18th nationally, is 4-4, 2-2.
The Falcons held a 33-22 edge in shots, but couldn't solve MSU's Cole Huggins.
The freshman made12 saves in the first period and 12 stops in the third period.
BG's Tomas Stoll made 22 saves, including a breakaway stop with 45 seconds left in regulation.
McInnis, a senior forward and the team's captain, leads MSU with three goals and six points.
MSU earned a split after BG posted a 4-3 win Friday.
"Our process was good tonight," BG coach Chris Bergeron. "I'm not at all unhappy with the way we played.
"The more games our process is like it was tonight, the more games we're going to win."
Huggins was starting in place of sophomore standout Stephon Williams, who stopped only 12-of-16 shots in 29:48 Friday.
BG's line of Adam Berkle, Cam Wojtala and Matt Pohlkamp combined for 14 shots.
"They were very, very strong," Bergeron said. "It didn't matter who (MSU) put against them, they hemmed them in all night long. Normally, a line like that gets rewarded, but this was one of those nights where they didn't."
BG had a chance to take the lead in the first period, but failed to score on a five-minute penalty. The Falcon power play finished 0-of-3 in the game and 0-8 in the series.
"We weren't very good on the power play," Bergeron said. "Our effort was better on the power play tonight, but our execution wasn't."
The BG penalty-killing was 3-for-3 as it killed off 8-of-9 chances in the series.
The Falcons have another difficult series next weekend when they travel to No. 14 Ferris State (7-2, 4-0).
BG received 27 points this week's U.S. College Hockey Online Top 20 poll. The Falcons had 11 points last week. The poll is on page xx.
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