Skill, speed, and California dreaming as the Falcons welcome this year’s freshmen.
When Chris Bergeron took over the Falcon hockey program in 2010 he knew the Falcon’s were a team in need of a rebuild. As the Falcons enter their fourth season under Bergeron the Falcons are welcoming the best of Bergeron’s three recruiting classes. Bowling Green will need to replace one of their all-time shutout leaders in goal and their best defenseman as Andrew Hammond and Bobby Shea currently find themselves in NHL and AHL camps respectively. With seven senior skaters this year’s freshman class may be in the best position to learn from a veteran team.
Let’s meet the class of 2017:
Images courtesy of BGSU Athletic Department
#2 – Pierre-Luc Mercier (Forward)
6’1″, 180 lbs.
Mercier brings a great scoring touch to the Falcons. In his 2012-2013 season with the André-Laurendeau Boomerang of the QCHL he held a 19-23-42 scoring line in twenty six games. The French-Canadian was even stronger in the playoffs as he went 8-7-15 in only seven games. Mercier has the potential of a top line center but will probably see most of his time on the second or fourth line.
#10 – Kevin Dufour (Forward)
6′, 190 lbs.
Quebec City, Quebec
Another Quebec product, Dufour provides another offensive spark for the Falcons. In 57 games for the Carleton Place Canadians of the CCHL Dufour produced a 26-32-58 scoring line. The 21 year old is slotted to be a left winger for the Falcons on a team that is thin on lefties. Don’t be surprised to see Kevin get plenty of power play time.
#20 – Matt Pohlkamp (Forward)
6′, 200 lbs.
A Minnesota product that fits the title of “power forward” to a “T.” Pohlkamp split time between the Bismarck Bobcats of the NAHL and Fargo Force of the USHL. Between the two teams he racked up a 12-12-24 stat line in 48 games. Pohlkamp may not make a splash when he first steps onto the ice but should develop into one of the best two-way threats in the WCHA before he graduates.
#28 – Sean Walker (Defenseman)
5’9″, 185 lbs.
The lone defenseman recruit, Walker is undersized for a defenseman but is deceptively strong and has great footwork. Probably not a stretch to compare him to graduated senior Bobby Shea: smaller in stature but can produce offensively and deliver devastating checks. Don’t be surprised to see Walker play in at least half of the Falcon’s games this season on the blueline.
#32 – Tomas Sholl (Goaltender)
6′, 175 lbs.
Hermosa Beach, California
Probably the most “famous” recruit thanks to an online video of Sholl shutting down Sidney Crosby and Scott Parse, Sholl will compete for the starting job for the Falcons. Sholl has quick reflexes and is very athletic in net. There may be growing pains as Sholl adjusts to the speed of the game but could become a formidable two-headed monster with sophomore Tommy Burke.