Bowling Green, OH – The Falcons entered Sunday’s game with a 14-game unbeaten streak at the BGSU Ice Arena. A 3-2 Clarkson win at the Ice Arena will reset that stat for the Falcons.
Tommy Burke started in net for the Falcons, stopping 16 of 19 shots faced. Greg Lewis received the start for Clarkson and stopped 25 of 25 shots faced. He was replaced in third period after sustaining an injury, and was relieved by Steve Perry who stopped five of six shots faced.
The Falcons and Golden Knights played a much tighter first period than their Saturday contest as the the first shot wasn’t seen till nearly five minutes into the period.
The Falcons struck first at 12:48 of the first period. After collecting a loose puck from a scrum in the deep slot, Tyler Spezia buried a wrist shot for his sixth goal of the season. Stephen Baylis and Adam Smith were given assists on the play. The assist was Smith’s first collegiate point.
Clarkson’s Nic Pierog was whistled for a five-minute major and game misconduct for hitting from behind at 19:23. But, Clarkson would be the team that took advantage as they picked up their first goal at 19:54 of the first period. A miscommunication between Pierre-Luc Mercier and Tommy Burke behind the Falcon net led to Troy Josephs wrapping the puck around the net to give Clarkson a shorthanded goal.
The Falcons finished the first period with nine shots on net, scoring on one. Clarkson had two shots on net, scoring on one of those chances.
Clarkson killed off their five-minute major penalty, then took the lead at 10:35 of the second period. Jeff DiNallo wristed a shot that beat Burke underneath his right arm from the glove-side face-off circle. Brett Gervais and Ben Dalpe assisted on the goal, which was a power play marker.
The Falcons ended the second period with 14 shots on period while the Golden Knights had 11 shots with one goal scored.
The Golden Knights pushed their lead to 3-1 at 2:16 of the third period. Christian Powers passed across the crease to Sam Vigneault who had a wide-open net on the backdoor.
Clarkson goaltender Greg Lewis would exit the game at 11:50 of the third period after getting shaken up on a play. He was replaced by Steve Perry who had started the game for Clarkson Saturday.
The Falcons got a late power play chance and converted with a goal at 19:10 of the third period. With Tommy Burke pulled Pierre-Luc Mercier fed the puck to Ben Murphy, who then found Brandon Hawkins. The sophomore forward went low and beat Perry for his fourth goal of the season.
Bowling Green was unable to find the equalizing goal and fell 3-2. With the loss the Falcons drop to 12-5-5 while Clarkson improves to 8-9-2.
The Falcons will head to Sault Ste. Marie, MI next weekend to resume WCHA play against Lake Superior.
- Sam Vigneault (CU) – GWG
- Greg Lewis (CU) – 26 saves
- Tyler Spezia (BGSU) – 1 G
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