This week we continue on the playoff theme as we look at some of the Falcon’s history in the NCAA Tournament
3/17/84 — Needing to win by four goals to advance to the NCAA semifinals, the BG icers stage another remarkable comeback, this time at Boston University. In overtime, defenseman Mike Pikul scores from along the right boards for a 5-1 win and an 8-7 triumph in the total goals series.
3/18/78 — After posting a decisive win over arch-rival St. Louis in the CCHA playoff championship series at the Ice Arena, BG clips Colorado College in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and advances to the “Final Four” in Providence, R.I., after manufacturing a 5-3 win before the exuberant Falcon faithful. The victory extends the Brown and Orange’s home-ice winning streak to a school-record 23 games.
Pooch, Park, And Quinn
3/18-19/88 — BG hosts its first NCAA Tourney games in a decade and comes up with a pair of 5-1 victories over Vermont. Scott Paluch, Joe Quinn, and Greg Parks each score two goals in the series.
History Was Made
3/20/77 — The Falcons, making their first appearance in the NCAA playoffs, drop a 7-5 decision to Michigan in Ann Arbor. BG becomes the first non-WCHA or ECAC club to make a visit to the national tournament. The game also marks the first-ever NCAA regional contest.
Prelude to “The Game”
3/23/84 — John Samanski tips in Mike Pikul’s shot from the point at 7:13 of the third period, giving the Falcons a 2-1 NCAA Tournament semifinal win over MSU. BG goaltender Gary Kruzich holds off a determined Spartan rally in the final minutes to preserve the win.