Feb. 8, 2013
East Lansing, Mich. - It was another rough outing for the Spartans on Friday night at Bowling Green, as MSU's scoring woes continued in a 2-1 loss to the Falcons on the road. Greg Wolfe had the lone score for the Spartans in the early minutes of the game, and junior goalie Will Yanakeff had a strong outing with 24 saves. However, a pair of power-play goals propelled the Falcons to a win, and freshman goalie Tommy Burke made 17 saves in place of usual starter Andrew Hammond.
MSU (7-19-3, 5-15-1-0 CCHA) fell to 1-9-0 in one-goal games this season, two of which have come against Bowling Green in three games. BG improved to 11-13-5, 8-10-3-1 in conference play.
" I thought that we had a really good compete level tonight, and we need to take that and find a way to translate that into wins," said head coach Tom Anastos after the game. "I thought we were aggressive and played well physically, and we weathered an early storm with some penalties, being on the road, and a great crowd. Obviously, everything came on special teams tonight, but I felt good that we were able to rotate some of our penalty killers, and I thought that Nickolas Gatt had maybe his best game for us, which gave us some more depth on defense. We just need to find a way to put it all together."
The teams traded special-teams tallies - both on the same minor infraction - before the game was five minutes old. Jake Chelios was sent off on an interference call at 2:48, and less than a minute into the kill, Greg Wolfe stole the puck in the defensive zone, streaked the length of the ice on a breakaway, and scored five-hole on freshman goalie Tommy Burke.
Their power-play still alive, the Falcons netted the equalizer at 4:21. Ben Murphy's sharp angle shot from the left wall found its way past the blocker hand of Yanakeff was the third marker of the season for the freshman.
The eventual game-winner for the Falcons came at 12:25 of the middle frame. Less than 20 seconds after Justin Hoomaian was sent off on a boarding call, Ryan Carpenter broke into the offensive zone with Mark Cooper on a 2-on-1 , and his one-timer of Cooper's pass found its mark for his 12th goal of the season.
The Spartans pressed for an equalizer in the final frame, and even carried play for stretches in the final 20 minutes. Perhaps MSU's best chance was with just under five minutes remaining in regulation, when Lee Reimer went in alone on the goalie, but his shot went wide left from close range.
BG now leads the season series 2-1, with the final game between the teams scheduled for Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Munn Ice Arena.