Despite holding a lead for a majority of the game the Falcons were unable to hold off a surging Michigan Tech squad and were swept on the weekend series, 5-4.
Tommy Burke made his 17th start of the season stopping 26 of 31 attempts for the Falcons. Jamie Phillips started in net for the Huskies and turned aside 27 of 31 attempts after sitting the night before.
While it was a difficult loss for the Falcons to swallow late in the season, it was a complete turnaround from the performance turned in Friday night by the team. “I liked our effort,” Coach Bergeron said after the game. “It was much better tonight than it was last night.
Bowling Green struck first at 2:21 of the first period on a rebound goal. Ben Murphy fired an initial shot onto Phillips who made a save on the shot. But the puck fell right to Mark Cooper’s stick who flipped in the shot for his 13th marker of the season. BG stretched their lead at 9:18 with Kevin Dufour taking a Sean Walker pass and forcing his own rebound past Phillips.
Michigan Tech responded less than a minute later at 10:07 though, as Malcolm Gould made a nice move around the Falcon defense before pulling the puck back and roofing a goal over Burke’s right shoulder.
Evan Pivnick spoke to Mark Cooper after the first period. Here’s his interview:
Matt Pohlkamp gave the Falcons a two goal lead at 10:10 of the second period. Adam Berkle sent a shot on net that hit off the boards behind Phillips. Pohlkamkp wristed a quick attempt to beat Phillips.
Michigan Tech drew back within one goal at 14:32. With Marcus Perrier and Ralfs Freibergs called with game misconduct penalties the Huskies were given a five on three power play of three minutes. They would convert one chance at 14:32 as David Johnstone deflected a shot from Alex Petan. The Falcons had to play the rest of the game with just four natural defenseman and led to fatigue late in the contest. “The four that played were tired. I think it was Marcus was trying to do the right thing to protect his goaltender and went about it the wrong way.”
Coach Bergeron was reminded of the details of the game when talking about that goal: “You talk about detail. You talk about every play matters, and you can review every goal. That’s what it comes down to: just out of the shot lane that much and a harmless wrist shot scores a five on three (goal). That’s what happens when the detail isn’t quite right.”
Evan caught up with Sean Walker during the second intermission:
Jacob Johnstone tied the game up for the first time at 1:57 of the third period as Jacob Johnstone scored an unassisted Marker. But, the Falcons again took a lead thanks to Matt Pohlkamp. He made a nice backhand move in front of Phillips, beating the Jets draft pick.
Jacob Johnstone again tied the game up at 16:18 for the Huskies as he managed to slide the puck low along the ice to beat Burke under the pad.
The third period ended in a tie and the game went to, what turned out to be, a decisive overtime.
Just eight seconds into the overtime period Sean Walker was called for tripping and headed to the penalty box. Michigan Tech responded by scoring a power play goal at 1:22 of the OT period. Blake Pietila got the puck across the crease on a nice pass by Reid Sturos to give the Huskies the weekend series sweep.
The Falcons (13-12-5, 10-9-3) are off next weekend before traveling to Anchorage to face the Seawolves 2/14 & 2/15. The Huskies (10-14-6, 7-9-4) head home to welcome the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers.
Post Game Audio
Head Coach Chris Bergeron
Freshman Forward Matt Pohlkamp (2-0-2, +2)