Late Rush Propels Wildcats past Falcons 3-2

By February 20, 2015Game Recaps

Tommy Burke started in net for the Falcons while Michael Doan countered for Northern Michigan.

Neither team was able to find the net during the first period, though Bowling Green racked up 11 shots and carried play for most of the opening frame. Northern Michigan managed to challenge Tommy Burke seven times.

“We’ve tried to really emphasize getting back to that relentless style of play that we have when we’re at our best, we just don’t think we’ve had it as of late,” Coach Bergeron said. “That relentlessness was there for sure and so I was happy about that.”

That relentlessness finally paid off early in the second period, when Brandon Hawkins scored at 3:06. Mark Cooper found the en fuego freshman who beat Doan high on his stick side for his 11th goal of the season.

Tommy Burke stopped all six shots he faced in the second. Doan was markedly busier stopping 13 of 14.

Northern Michigan finally struck at 8:30 of the third period as Gerard Hanson scored a power play goal for the Wildcats.

The Falcons re-took the lead at 17:37 when Mitch McLain worked along the boards before finding Pierre-Luc Mercier for his seventh goal of the season.

“McLain did a really good play down low. We worked hard all game long and that paid off. Head up, great pass,” Mercier said.

But, the pesky Wildcats tied the game back up 27 seconds later on a uneven Northern Michigan rush when Robbie Payne beat Burke, unassisted.

“The way we handled the rush on their second goal was so laughable it was just like we’ve never been in that situation before,” Bergeron said.  Burke stopped six of eight chances in the third while Doan saved eight of nine.

The Wildcats sealed the win at 3:36 of overtime as Ryan Kesti  scored the game winning marker

“Our mistakes tonight were just colossal mistakes and they ended up in our net. A team like Northern makes you pay for it. If you give them things they’ll end up putting it in your net and that’s what they did,” Bergeron said.

Tomorrow night the Falcons look to avoid the weekend sweep as they face off against the Wildcats at 7:07 pm at the BGSU Ice Arena.

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