Buffalo, NY – The Falcons needed a bounce back effort after a disappointing 4-1 loss to Western Michigan. They got just that as they doubled up the Canisius College Griffins 4-2 Friday night.
The Falcons started Tommy Burke in net who made 20 saves on 22 shots. The Griffins countered with Reilly Turner who made 30 saves on 32 shots faced.
Neither team was able to find the net in the first period. The Falcons challenged Turner with nine shots in the first frame while Canisius fired six shots onto Burke.
Ralph Cuddemi scored the Griffins first goal at just :52 of the second period. He took a stretch pass from Ryan Schemelzer before skating in on a breakaway and going high over Burke.
The Falcons tied the game up at 4:28 of the second period. Pierre-Luc Mercier wristed a shot on Turner that was saved, but rebounded. Kevin Dufour finished the loose puck for his third goal of the season.
Bowling Green picked up their second goal at 9:34 of the second period. Tyler Spezia picked up a loose puck that had been cleared by Brandon Hawkins to center ice. He collected the puck, out skated two defenders, and finished with a forehand on Turner’s blocker side. Connor McDonald also assisted on the play earning his first career point.
The Falcons challenged Canisius with 15 shots in the second period, scoring on two of those chances. Canisius had eight attempts in the second frame, scoring on one chance.
The Griffins tied the game at 8:26 of the third period. Shane Conacher wristed a rocket high over burke on a 2-on-1.
The Falcons re-gained the lead at 12:46 of the third period. Kevin Dufour found Ben Murphy in the slot. The senior forward wristed a rocket that hit all three posts before settling in the crease. Mark Cooper found the loose puck and knocked it home for his third goal of the season.
The Griffins pulled Turner with just over a minute to play for the extra attacker. But, John Schilling scored with :02.2 left the ice the game for the Falcons.
The Falcons had ten shots in the third period with Turner stopping eight of those shots. The Griffins had eight shots in the third as Burke stopped seven attempts.
The #10 Falcons move to 3-1-0 on the season and will head east to face RIT tomorrow.
- Mark Cooper (BGSU) – GWG, +1
- Ralph Cuddemi (CC) – 1 G, 1 A
- Kevin Dufour (BGSU) – 1 G, 1 A
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