MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Tomas Sholl stopped 34 shots Sunday to help 13th-ranked Bowling Green to a 4-1 victory over No. 19 Robert Morris in a nonleague college hockey game at 84 Lumber Arena. BOX SCORE
The Falcons scored the game’s final four goals to erase a 1-0 deficit after RMU’s Scott Jacklin opened the scoring on a deflection just 98 seconds into the contest.
Mark Friedman had one goal and one assist for the Falcons, and Kevin Dufour, Brandon Hawkins and Brent Tate scored the other goals.
BG finished with a 43-35 edge in shots as it bounced back from a disappointing 2-2 tie against RMU Saturday in an outdoor game at Toledo’s Fifth Third Field.
The Falcons are 12-3-3 overall, including a 5-0-2 record in their last seven games and an 8-1-2 mark in their last 11. RMU is 12-4-4.
Sholl, a sophomore, was making his first start Oct. 31 when he allowed five goals in 29 shots during a 5-2 loss to No. 3 Minnesota State in the Ice Arena.
In his first three games, Sholl posted a 2-1 record, but had a 2.67 goals-against average and an .897 save percentage. Sunday’s performance improved his goals-against to 2.26 and save percentage to .920.
RMU is fourth nationally in scoring (3.70 goals per game) and converting at 20 percent on the power play.
“It had been a long time since (Sholl) had played and he definitely deserved it,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said. “He’s wanted to play and the other two (Chris Nell, Tommy Burke) have played well. He earned his opportunity and tonight he played well.”
“He made some huge saves at 1-1 and at 2-1. They had some big-time chances and Sholl was there. There was a couple really good opportunities that we gave up and Tomas was there to stop them when we did give them up.”
After RMU took the lead, the Falcons tied the game at 7:24 on Dufour’s team-leading 10th goal of the season. Dufour finished off a good three-way play with Nolan Valleau and Friedman to score his first goal since Nov. 1.
The Falcons went 2-1 when Hawkins scored on a one-timer at 7:06, thanks to a pass from Ben Murphy.
BG clinched the win on third-period goals from Tate at 9:07 and Friedman 68 seconds later. Tate scored on a rebound, and Friedman increased the lead on a point shot through traffic.
The Falcons squandered a 2-0 lead in the last 12 minutes during Saturday’s tie.
“I don’t think we took our foot off the gas offensively, and we did a nice job playing in the offensive zone,” Bergeron said. “That was the focus going into tonight’s game. Tonight, we just played our game for longer, and we were able to win the third period. We were more consistent with our game plan.”
DeSalvo and Valleau both finished with two assists.
DeSalvo had three assists in the series. The senior forward has a point in five of the last seven games, totaling six assists in that span.
The Falcon penalty-killing was 3 of 3 in the game and 10 of 10 in the series.
BG improved its penalty-killing to 93 percent (66 of 71) on the season and is 35 of 36 over the nine games. The Falcons are second nationally to Vermont (93.2 percent).
The BG power play was 0 of 4 in the game, but Tate’s goal came just three seconds after an RMU penalty ended.
The Falcons had just three penalties Sunday, three fewer than Saturday.
“I still felt like one wasn’t great, but ultimately we adjusted,” Bergeron said. “Our guys did a good job. We have a team that needs to play hard, but has to play disciplined within playing hard. That was something we did a much better job of today.”
The Falcons return to action Friday and Saturday when they host Alaska (Fairbanks) in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at the Ice Arena. Faceoff is 7:07 both nights. BG is 8-1-1 in the WCHA. The Falcons are third in the league, but have games in hand on first-place Minnesota State and second-place Michigan Tech.