BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — The last time Brian Mahoney-Wilson
played at Bowling Green he left the ice on a stretcher after a goalmouth
collision with a Falcon player. One year, later the Lake Superior goalie stopped 20 of 21
shots as he helped his team beat Bowling Green 2-1 on Friday night.
“It was a little bit eerie going into practice on Thursday
and being on that one end in the second and just remembering getting hit that
way,” Mahoney-Wilson said. “It was rewarding coming in here, making a good
amount of saves.”
Of his 20 saves, the biggest came in the third period as the
Lakers clung to a one-goal lead. With Bowling Green on the power play to start
the third period Mahoney-Wilson made two big saves down low and then with 9:20
remaining he made a breakaway save to stop Tomas Petruska with the right pad.
“Brian Mahoney-Wilson won us the game,” Lake Superior coach
Jim Roque said.
Two Laker defenseman gave their goalie all the support he
would need as Matt Cowie and Simon Gysbers each scored in the first period.
First Cowie gave Lake Superior an early lead as his shot
from the point found it’s way through a slew of players in front of the net and
over Bowling Green goalie Nick Eno’s left shoulder. It was Cowie’s first goal of the season while Rick Schofield
and Ben Power each picked up assists on the goal.
Another point blast, this time on the power play, helped
Lake Superior double their lead with 1:56 remaining in the opening period as
another defenseman, Gysbers beat Eno five hole through traffic.
“They were no more then open then normal, the first one was
up an over I don’t know how it went in the net,” Roque said. “We never beat the
guy [Eno] on a clean shot.”
Bowling Green cut Lake Superior’s
lead in half with 1:43 to go in the second period as Petruska scored on a
4-on-3 mad advantage.
Petruska took the pass from David
Solway and fired a slap shot from the top of the left circle that beat
Mahoney-Wilson just inside the right post.
“That was huge, that was a great
power play goal. The movement was perfect and from our angle I don’t think
Mahoney-Wilson had a chance on it,” Bowling Green coach Dennis Williams said.
The Falcons momentum from
Petruska’s late second period tally continued over to the third period, as BG
had two great scoring chances in the first two minutes.
About 40 seconds into the period
Jordan Samuels-Thomas skated down the left wing faked out Mahoney-Wilson and
almost found a wide-open teammate by the far post. Moments later Bowling Green was put
on a power play thanks to a Gysbers hooking penalty, which almost resulted in
the tying goal.
Despite their many third period chances, including
Petruska’s late breakaway, the Falcons couldn’t beat Mahoney-Wilson who made
sure Lake Superior improved to .500 on the season (7-7-3). With the loss Bowling Green dropped to 2-10-2, however both
ties resulted in shootout wins.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow at the BGSU Ice
Arena; face off is scheduled for 5:05 pm.