Bowling Green, OH – For the second year in a row the Falcons will play in the Final Five for a chance at the Broadmoor Trophy. The Falcons swept the Northern Michigan Wildcats 4-1 Saturday night.
Both goalies from Friday began Saturday’s tilt as well. Tommy Burke made his 22nd appearance of the season for the Falcon’s. Burke was solid net net, stopping 19 of 20 chances. Michael Doan made his 19th appearance of the season for the Wildcats and stopped 38 of 42 Falcon shots.
Similar to the previous night’s tilt, neither team was able to score in the first period. The Falcons had eight shots on net in the first while the Wildcats tallied seven chances.
The Wildcats struck first at8:55 of the second period. Zach Diamontoni took a pass from Darren Nowick and skated in on breakaway. After a series of moves the freshman tucked the puck in between Burke’s pads and the post.
The Falcons responded just over a minute later at 9:59 to tie the game. Dan DeSalvo fed the puck to Tyler Spezia who skated onto Doan’s stick side and roofed a goal for his sixth tally of the season, and second goal in as many nights.
Bowling Green extended their lead to 2-1 at 14:17 of the second period. Brandon Hawkins picked up a loose puck that had been wrangled from Mark Cooper. The freshman forward skated across the deep slot before wristing a snipe past Doan. The goal was Hawkins’ 15th goal of the season.
The Falcons controlled play for the second half of the period, racking up 17 shots on Doan (who saved 15). Tommy Burke was considerably less busy stopping five of six Wildcat chances.
Brandon Hawkins found the net again at 13:24 of the third period. Mark Cooper won an offensive zone face-off, passing the puck back to Sean Walker at the point. Walker took aim and wristed a shot that Brandon Hawkins caught perfectly, tipping the puck down and through Doan’s five hole for the 3-1 lead.
The Falcons nailed the coffin shut at 18:52 as Brent Tate re-directed a doorstop pass from Adam Berkle for the 4-1 lead.
Tommy Burke was perfect in the third period stopping all seven shots he faced. Doan was pelted with 17 shots in the final frame, stopping 15 of them.
– With the loss Northern Michigan’s season is over. They finish the year 14-18-6, 11-13-4. The Falcons record improves to 23-10-5, 17-8-3.
– The Falcons are a perfect 5-0 in first round playoff matchups under Chris Bergeron.
– Of the seven Falcon goals scored on the weekend, five were off the sticks of freshman (McLain, Spezia 2, Hawkins 2).
– The Falcons kept Northern Michigan scoreless on the power play for the series (0/5).
– As of 10:30pm on Saturday night Bowling Green sits at #13 in the Pairwise rankings.