Tommy Burke started in net for the Falcons while Michigan Tech went with Pheonix Copley.
Bowling Green struck first at 5:55 of the first period. While on the power play Dan DeSalvo passed to Bryce Williamson. The senior forward patiently skated in before roofing a goal over Copley’s right shoulder.
The Huskies responded five minutes later at 10:12 as David Johnstone took a Shane Hanna pass and eat Burke on a perfect blast high. The goal was a power play marker. Ryan Carpenter gave the Falcons the lead back at 11:52 as he scored a rebound marker. Matt Pohlkamp fired on from the face-off dot and the puck came right to Carpenter’s stick.
Tommy Burke turned aside 11 of the 12 shots he faced while Copley saved five out of seven attempts.
Evan Pivnick spoke with co-captain Ryan Carpenter during the first intermission. Here’s audio from that interview:
Both teams were stout defensively in the second period as neither squad managed a goal in the frame. Pheonix Copley stopped all nine shots he faced while Burke saved six.
Evan spoke to Bryce Williamson in the second intermission. Here’s audio from their interview:
In the same story as the second period neither team was able to score and the Falcons took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series.
The teams will play again tomorrow night at 7:07pm.
Coach Bergeron was satisfied with his team’s performance on the ice tonight. “I was pleased with the effort for sure. I knew we had to play at a certain level because I know how good they (Michigan Tech) are.” Bergeron said. He was pleased with his goaltender’s performance as well: “Tommy Burke was good, he played strong, and the only goal against him was from a big time player who seems to love to play against us.”
Coach Bergeron Post Game Presser:
Ryan Carpenter was glad they Bowling Green was able to take game one. “It was huge. They’re (Michigan Tech) a great team. So anytime you can get a lead on them is good.” said Carpenter, who tallied the second goal for the Falcons. “We can’t take our foot off of the gas, we just need to stick to our game plan.”
Ryan Carpenter Post Game Interview:
Tommy Burke had a solid night in net and had the guys in front of them to thank. “The forwards and d-men had a great game and I think some individuals had their best game of the year.” Burke thought he had an “Ok” night between the pipes: “I was okay, I just had some problems with my rebounds. (Michigan Tech) is a team that likes to get chances by putting pucks on net, other than that, I didn’t have to do that much.”
Tommy Burke Post Game Interview: