The Falcons came in to Dan Bylsma’s house looking for an upset bid in the first semifinal of the Three Rivers Classic. But a stout Boston College squad impressively downed the Brown and Orange 5-0.
Tommy Burke started in net for the Falcons and struggled throughout, stopping 33 of 38 shots. Boston College’s Brian Billett shutout the Falcons, stopping all 27 shots he faced.
From the get-go Bowling Green didn’t seem ready to play. “Boston College took it to us from the beginning” Coach Bergeron said after the game. “Once we got down there, we struggled.” Boston College opened scoring at 1:19 of the first period as Kevin Hayes fed Hobey Baker hopeful Johnny Gaudreau. The junior winger skated in and back handed a shot over Burke’s glove side for the even strength marker.
Just over two minutes later the Eagles would double their lead. Travis Jeke pinched up off the point and scored on an almost identical shot, backhanded over Burke’s shoulder.
Boston College tacked on their third at 6:45 of the first as Teddy Doherty dangled across the crease and slid the puck just past Burke. The Falcons trailed in shots 12-7 as Billett shut the Falcons out in the first stanza.
The Eagles would add to their lead at 12:50 of the second period. Scott Savage snapped a shot from the blueline that beat Burke high. BC’s Billett ended the second with eight saves while Burke turned away 8.
Michael Matheson scored a late goal at 19:44 as he toe dragged across the crease and beat Burke to seal the 5-0 win. Coach Bergeron gave his players a strong message in the locker room: “That better not be where our program is after four years… It’s up to our older people to make it right.”
Boston College (11-4-2) will play the winner of Penn State/Robert Morris semifinal while the Falcons (8-9-4) will settle for the consolation game against the loser of that game.
Post Game Press Conference Audio
BGSU Head Coach Chris Bergeron, Adam Berkle, and Bryce Williamson
BC Head Coach Jerry York, Johnny Gaudreau, Brian Billett, and Travis Jeke