Bowling Green can clinch home ice for the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs Saturday night with a win or tie against Ferris State in the Ice Arena.
The Falcons moved closer to home ice Friday with a 4-3 win over Ferris in their series opener. GAME RECAP
BG and Michigan Tech, a 6-5 winner at home against Alaska (Fairbanks), are tied for second place in the league with 33 points, two behind Minnesota State and five ahead of fourth-place Ferris and Northern Michigan. NMU was a 3-1 loser at Lake Superior.
The Falcons and Michigan Tech briefly moved into a tie with Minnesota State for the top spot in the WCHA with their wins, but the Mavericks regained sole possession of the league lead with their 3-0 victory at Alaska-Anchorage late Friday night.
BG also can clinch home ice Saturday if NMU loses or ties against Lake Superior.
NMU visits Lake Superior again Saturday, while Minnesota State finishes its series at Alaska-Anchorage.
The top eight teams in the league advance to the playoffs, with the top four teams hosting best of 3 series March 11-12-13.
The Falcons are 18-11-6 overall and 14-6-5 in the WCHA. Ferris is 14-12-6, 12-9-4.
BG clinched its third straight winning season overall and is just two wins shy of back-to-back 20-win seasons. The Falcons were 23-11-5 overall last season,