Video reviews go Falcons’ way in series clincher against Bemidji

By March 14, 2016Features
Bowling Green's Mark Cooper (right) competes against Bemidji State's Dan Billett during Sunday's game in the Ice Arena (Photo by Todd Pavlack/

Video reviews haven’t been kind to Bowling Green this season.

But the Falcons had two reviews go their way Sunday night in a 3-1 victory over Bemidji State in the third and deciding game of their Western Collegiate Hockey Association quarterfinal series in the Ice Arena.

The Falcons’ Mark Cooper scored a power-play goal to open the scoring at 12:36 of the second period and the goal was allowed to stand after video review. Bemidji thought it had scored first just under five minutes earlier, but the Beavers’ goal was disallowed after video review.

“Obviously, it was meant to be because both of those calls went our way,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said.

The Falcons had three goals in a six-game span wiped out by video review earlier this season.

“Not much. When you’re not very smart like I am, you have that blank look,” Bergeron said when asked what he was thinking while the reviews were in progress. “We’ve had a bunch of reviews go against us. I didn’t know what to think.”

Cooper was on the left side of the crease to jam in a loose puck past Beaver goalie Michael Bitzer, who was sprawled in the crease.

The review lasted just under five minutes as the officials tried to determine if BG had interfered with Bitzer on the play. There was heavy traffic around the net when the goal was scored as each team had several players involved.

“I tried to pass it and it went off someone,” Cooper said. “I just kind of went to the net and I think I whacked it six times,. It made me nervous for how long they were reviewing it for.”

“The video we had on Mark Cooper’s goal, it was really hard to tell what was going on, other than it was right there,” Bergeron said. “(Cooper) reacted like he saw it go in. It didn’t look like there was any type of goalie interference on our side.”

Bemidji scored on a scramble after Nell made the initial save on a shot f in front. The Beavers controlled the rebound. Another shot was blocked and the puck went into the air, but Bemidji scored as a Beaver player collided with Nell. The collision sent Nell to the ice and knocked off his helmet.

The referees then disallowed the goal after reviewing video of the play.

“I was a little surprised it was even being reviewed,” Nell said. “Their guy ran into me, and my helmet was on its way off. I assumed that was going to be a no goal right away. Once they go to the review, it’s always a gut feeling they might call it a goal. You can’t really worry about it if they called it a goal. You just have to move on, keep playing the game. When they’re in there (the penalty box) for a review, I was a little nervous.”

“It was hard to see the play with (Nell),” Bergeron said. The Falcon bench was the opposite end of the ice from the end at which Bemidji scored. “When we saw it on video, it looked like (Nell) got interfered with.”


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