With all respect to the late Harold Ramis (Rest in peace Dr. Egon), Falcon fans are finding themselves in their own twisted version of “Groundhog Day.” Bowling Green has been a streaky team the past four seasons now. No one can really blame a program that had become expectant of losing to go through growing pains. Recent results have fans reaching for the nearest analgesic though.
Bowling Green’s results have been bleak recently. Their last win came over a month ago on 1/25 vs. Laker Superior. Since then the Falcons have gone 0-4-1 plus an exhibition loss to the United States National Development Team. They’ve been outscored at a nearly double pace, scoring 11 to their opponent’s 21 since their last “W.”
So you’re probably thinking either a sarcastic “really” or when I stopped taking my Zoloft. What I’d like to remind everyone is we’ve been here before. Our Bowling Green Falcons are 7-18-3 during the month of February during the Coach Bergeron era. There isn’t really a simple explanation for why these slides happen. The excuses most noted are usually conditioning or losing focus over the long season. Those reasons don’t really mesh with a bunch of players who played 60+ games in junior hockey. The travel and conditioning load is actually easier as the players have to focus on college classes as well.
Whatever the reason is for a late season struggle it’s not something that has defined the Falcon’s seasons under Chris Bergeron. In fact, the late season troubles haven’t hurt Bowling Green in the postseason. In fact, the Falcons have won a playoff series in every season he’s been behind the bench. Ironically enough the first two came against the Northern Michigan Wildcats that the Falcons fell to last night while last year’s series win game against Lake Superior.
If that’s not enough to invite you back to the bandwagon consider the action in the WCHA last night. First, the Minnesota State Mavericks traveled to Sault Ste. Marie and handled the Lakers 5-0. Then, the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers picked up their second win of the season as they knocked off rival Bemidji State 2-1. By the grace of good fortune the Falcons didn’t move down a single spot in the WCHA standings and still have an outside chance to host a home playoff series. But, that road to Grand Rapids has to start strong tonight as the Falcons hope to start March strong with a win over Northern Michigan.
The Falcons are much better off than Bill Murray’s “Phil.” They woke up today in March with a rough month behind them. Finish strong and the Bleacher Creatures might get to witness their first home playoff series in five years. But, if the Falcons can’t right the ship in the final three contests it might make for a very long offseason.