Falcon seniors win final home game

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — On the final shot he would
take in the BGSU Ice Arena, senior Tomas Petruska made it count beating
Michigan State goalie Drew Palmisano to win the shootout.

Tied 2-2 after overtime, Petruska scored in the third
round after Bowling Green goalie Andrew Hammond stopped all three Michigan
State shooters giving the Falcons a senior night win.

“It’s a big confidence booster, they’re No. 2 in
our league,” Petruska said. “End of the season is all about going
forward and getting ready for the playoffs.”

For Petruska it was the second straight week he won a
shootout, after he clinched a win against Notre Dame a week earlier with the
same move he used against Palmisano. Petruska also helped his team win three of their final
four regular season games, against opponents that they’ve struggled against
over the past three seasons.

“They play well in this building and they worked
hard,” Michigan State coach Rick Comley said of the Falcons.

While it was a night celebrate seniors, the freshman
goaltender Hammond was the difference stopping 34 shots, including several big
saves in the third period and overtime.

“Most of the guys let me see all the pucks and
they did a good job of keeping guys to the outside,” Hammond said.

Michigan State struck first with a power play goal at
8:23 as captain Nick Sucharski’s wrist shot from the point was deflected in by
Andrew Rowe. The goal which came with Bowling Green’s Kai Kantola
in the box, was the result of Sucharski making a great effort to keep an
attempted clearance in the offensive zone. 

Kantola had a chance to tie the game with 3:11
remaining in the first period, as he almost beat his defender with
forehand-to-backhand move, but his final attempt was poke checked away by
Palmisano.

With 1:53 remaining in the first period Bowling Green
captain Kyle Page wrung a wrist shot off the right post, but the power play
chance still didn’t find it’s way past Palmisano.

While Michigan State lead after one period, Bowling
Green continued to pressure and testing Palmisano throughout the second period.

Bowling Green continued their pressure in the second
period as Tomas Petruska was denied by a great glove save from Palmisano.
Thirty seconds later, the Falcons finally beat the Spartan goalie, but the shot
by Nathan Pageau ricocheted off of the right post.

David Solway finally put the tying goal home on an
ensuing power play, as his shot from the right circle snuck between the arm and
body of Palmisano.

Michigan State’s leading scorer Corey Tropp almost
regained his team’s lead, but a sprawling left pad save by goalie Andrew
Hammond kept the score even with about nine minutes remaining in the second.

Bowling Green had a power play chance of their own
with 28 seconds remaining in the period as Solway got a wide open shot from the
slot, but it was gloved down by Palmisano.

In the third period both teams exchanged goals,
setting up an overtime situation.

The Falcons finally took the lead 3:46 into the third
period when Jordan Sameuls-Thomas made backhand-to-forehand move along the goal
line, sneaking the puck between Palmisano and the post. Tommy Dee and David Solway picked up assists on the
power play goal. 

With 13:30 remaining Dean Chelios almost (son of former Red Wings and Blackhawks defenseman Chris Chelios) tied the
score for the Spartans as he wripped a wrist shot from the top of the left
circle past Hammond’s glove and off of the far post.

Multiple penalties slowed the pace of the game after
Chelios’ near miss, as both teams killed off a combined seven penalties and
Michigan State was without the services of Tropp for ten minutes due to a
misconduct.

A penalty allowed Michigan State to tie the score at
two as Chris Forfar was able to find a loose puck and put it past a scrambling
Hammond who had made the initial save.

“It was a point shot that hit off my pad, and I
couldn’t really freeze it,” Hammond said. “They just kind of slammed
it home.”

It appeared Michigan State would have power play for
the remainder of regulation as Sameuls-Thomas was sent to the box for tripping
with 1:47 remaining, but just moments into the advantage Derek Grant was called
for interference setting up a four-on-four scenario.

Hammond played well in the overtime session, stopping
three shots and making a brilliant left pad save to deny a Spartan rush with
2:10 remaining. Then with just under a minute remaining he stacked the pads and
to keep the score in a deadlock. Palmisano stopped 32 of 34 shots in the loss for the
Spartans.

Both teams will move onto the CCHA playoffs next
weekend, with their opponent still to be determined at the time of the game’s
conclusion.

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