There were no slow legs for the Falcons playing their fourth game in eight days. From the opening draw Bowling Green spent shift after shift in the Colgate zone. But, after 65 minutes of play the Falcons and Raiders found themselves with a 1-1 tie.
Eric Mihalik was brilliant in net for the Raiders, stopping 38 of 39 shots. The Falcons were around the Colgate crease for most of the night but were unable to score a marker from the prime real estate.
Bryce Williamson opened the scoring in the first period and continued his hot start to the season picking up his third goal of the season. Williamson’s line cycled along the half boards before Mark Cooper found Williamson. The senior forward buried a wristshot high to Colgate goaltender Eric Mihalik’s stick side at 13:35.
Despite a first period power play opportunity Colgate only managed to challenge sophomore Tommy Burke with four shots in the first period while the Falcons had 13. Burke would finish the game with 19 stops.
Colgate responded to the Williamson goal at 2:36 of the second. John Lidgett and Mike McCann skated up ice on a 2-on-1. Lidgett fired a wrist shot that Burke saved initially but gave up a rebound that McCann scored off his backhand.
Tommy Burke kept the game tied at 10:08 of the third as he made a couple of saves before sprawling out to cover the puck. It was Burke’s twelfth save of the game. Burke again made a highlight save as he followed a pass cross-crease and gloved a shot from Mike McCann. “Burke made some big saves. He made a bunch of really good saves. He’s not different than anyone else. Every play matters,” Bergeron said after the game.
A scoreless third period meant that the Falcons and Raiders would go to overtime. Both goalies continued their brilliance in the five minute overtime with Tommy Burke making a trio of big stops to seal the stalemate.
Bergeron was happy with his team’s play, “We’re a team that talks about every play. Every play matters. More times than not when our process is like that we’ll win the game.” Perhaps the most glaring stat of the game came courtesy of the shot differential as the Falcons outshot the Raiders 39-20.
Sophomore goaltender Tommy Burke was pleased with what he saw in front of him throughout the game: “We’ll take games where we outshoot the other team 40-20 every time. We could have had six or seven goals. Their goalie made some big saves for them”
Goal scorer Bryce Williamson, on his own hot start: “Being a senior there’s a lot more expectations for us. I’m happy with how I’ve started and just want to keep it going.” But, the forward knows Saturday will need to see more finish to the Falcon game. “We had some chances we could have put away. We need to bear down on them tomorrow night.”
The Falcons (1-1-2) and the Raiders (2-1-1) will conclude their weekend series Saturday at 7:07pm.
Post Game Pressers
Head Coach Chris Bergeron
Sophomore Goaltender Tommy Burke
Senior Forward Bryce Williamson
Other Media Coverage
Sentinel-Tribune: Falcon hockey, Colgate play 1-1 tie
BGSU Athletic Department: Falcons Skate to 1-1 Tie Against Raiders
CU Athletic Department: Raiders Battle to 1-1 Tie at Bowling Green