What does a Bronco, a freshman, and a Titanic have in common? It’s this week’s edition of Falcon Hockey History.
Can we hope for some déjà vu?
3/7/97 – 3/8/97 — Forced to go on the road again to start the CCHA playoffs, the Falcons respond with the program’s biggest postseason series victory since besting Michigan eight years earlier by registering yet another sweep of Lake State (5-3, 8-4). Brett Punchard, Curtis Fry, and Mike Johnson each score three times in the two games. The series conquest marks the third time in the last five years (and fourth time in five series since 1989) BG has advanced to Joe Louis by capturing a first-round series away from home.
Buck(ed) the Broncos
3/8/96 – 3/9/96 — For the second time in four years, the Falcons win an opening-round CCHA playoff series at Western Michigan. BG sweeps the best two-of-three series against the Broncos by the scores of 8-1 and 3-1. Ten different Falcons garner goals in the series.
3/9/08 — Freshman forward Jacob Cepis’ goal at 1:34 of overtime sent BG to the second round of the CCHA playoffs for the first time since 2001, as they defeated Lake Superior State, 4-3, in the decisive game three of their opening round series at the BGSU Ice Arena. BG last made the second round when they swept Miami in the opening round in 2001, before going on to beat Northern Michigan in the Play-In game, which is now the second round best-of-three format.
The Ship Keeps Sailing
3/9/79 -3/10/79 — Sparked by Paul Titanic’s dramatic penalty-shot goal in game No. 1 of the CCHA playoff championship series at the Ice Arena, the Falcons top Ohio State, 11-7, in the total-goals series and earn their third straight NCAA bid. In the process, BG notches its 37th win of the year, tying a then-NCAA record for most victories in a season.