After a tough 5-0 loss the night before, Bowling Green needed something to jumpstart the second half of their season. Robert Morris made things interesting late but the Falcons held onto a 3-2 win over the Three Rivers Classic host.
“Tonight we had some good offensize zone play. I thought, for the most part, we defended better…we had more purpose to what we were doing defensively” Coach Bergeron said during the post game press conference.
Bowling Green started Tomas Sholl in net, who earned his third win of the season with a 20 save effort. Robert Morris slotted Terry Shafer in net after facing 59 shots the night before. Shafer turned aside 33 Falcon attempts.
Bowling Green struck first at 15:29 of the first period. Brent Tate backhanded a no-look pass from behind the net. The puck deflected off a Colonial and found Brett Mohler who wristed a shot past Terry Shafer’s glove side. The goal was Mohler’s first of the season. “I feel like I was playing good hockey before the injury,” Mohler said after the game. “It felt really good to get that goal.”
Sholl was only tested three times in the first period and turned away every shot. Shafer faced 12 shots, stopping 11.
The Falcons tacked on a power play goal at 2:58 of the second. Dan DeSalvo fed the puck to Ben Murphy. Murphy sent a shot on net that was saved by Shafer. But, the puck fell into the crease where Williamson cleaned up.
Bowling Green fired 12 shots onto Shafer in the second while Robert Morris tallied 13 attempts.
BG picked up their third goal of the night at 4:01 of the third. Kevin Dufour skated the puck from below the goal line to the glove side faceoff circle. He wristed a shot that beat the screened Colonial goalie. Robert Morris pushed the score to 3-1 on a five-on-three powerplay. David Friedmann fired a wrist shot from the point that beat Sholl. Assisting on the goal were Andrew Blazek and Jeff Jones.
The Colonials made the smattering of brown and orange inside the Consol Energy Center nervous as Zac Lynch scored with just :23.4 left on the clock. But, the Falcons held on for the win and took third place in the 2nd annual holiday tournament.
The Falcon bench boss summarized the Falcon’s win: “As the first period went along we played better. I thought we were pretty consistent. Obviously some of the decisions we made in the third period in terms of our discipline, especially under 10 minutes to go in a 3-0 game..are concerning and those are things that have been costing us. It didn’t cost us tonight but it made it a lot more uncomfortable than we think it should have been.”
Bryce Williamson was named to the Three Rivers Classic All-Tournament Team following the championship game (Boston College 8, Penn State 2).
The Falcons (9-9-4, 6-6-2) and BGSUHockey.com will be traveling to Huntsville next weekend to begin the second half of WCHA action.
Post Game Press Conference Audio
Head Coach Chris Bergeron, Dan DeSalvo, and Brett Mohler