Being tournament time in college hockey, this week’s list is heavy on the best time of the year: playoff hockey.
Holzinger’s Home Cooking
3/11-3/12/94 — Hosting its first CCHA playoff series since 1990, BG comes up with a sweep of Ferris State in first round action to advance to JLA for the second straight year. Brian Holzinger’s overtime goal on Saturday gives the Falcons a 3-2 win following a 3-0 shutout by Bob Petrie the night before. The two victories guarantee BG its first season over the .500 mark in four years.
The Comeback Falls Short
3/12/83 — In what went down as one of the most exciting CCHA championship games ever, the Falcons come out on the short end of a 4-3 overtime verdict to Michigan State. BG rallies from a 3-0 first-period deficit to tie the contest and force the extra stanza. In overtime, the Falcons’ All-American Brian Hills is awarded a penalty shot but is stopped by MSU’s All-American goalie Ron Scott. BG netminder Mike David is named the tournament “MVP.”
Streak No More
3/11-3/13/77 — Mike Liut’s goaltending at top-seeded St. Louis during the CCHA playoff championship series sparks the Brown and Orange to its first of three consecutive league postseason crowns. Liut recordsa 4-0 shutout in the first game of the series and then, in a relief role, turns aside 17 of 18 Billiken shots on goal over the last 36:43 of regulation in the finale. BG hangs on to win the total-goals series, 5-4, and ends SLU’s three-year title reign thanks to Mark Wells’ marker early in the third period.
Back to the Joe
3/12-3/13/93 — BG earns a berth to Joe Louis Arena for the first time since 1990 after a 5-4, 6-3 sweep of Western Michigan on the road in first round CCHA playoff action. Jason Clark leads BG with three goals in the series, including the game winner in the deciding contest.
First Title in Hockeytown
3/12/88 — The Falcons earn their first CCHA playoff title since the tournament was moved to Joe Louis Arena (1982) in Detroit as they top eventual NCAA champion Lake Superior, 5-3. BG goalie Paul Connell earns tournament “MVP” honors.
Five is Fine
3/13/01 — The Falcons won their fifth-straight game, all by one goal and three in overtime, by defeating Northern Michigan on the road in the CCHA Play-In game, 2-1. The victory sent Bowling Green to the CCHA Semifinals at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit to play the No. 1-ranked team in the country, Michigan State. BGSU lost 2-1.
3/14/83 — The BG program and the college hockey world are stunned when the NCAA bypasses the Falcons for a tournament bid. Despite posting a 28-8-4 record, a No. 2 national ranking (WMPL), and a CCHA regular-season crown, BG is denied a chance for the national title.