Oxford, OH – The Falcons exorcised some demons Saturday as they scored four straight goals on their way to a 4-1 win over Miami in Oxford.
Chris Nell started in net for the Falcons and made 17 saves on 18 shots. Ryan Larkin received the start for Miami, stopping 37 of 41 chances.
The RedHawks opened scoring at 7:01 of the first period. Anthony Louis finished a rebound from Carson Meyer.
The Falcons tied the game up at 15:15 of the first period. With penalty time against the RedHawks expiring, the Falcons’ forced a strong forecheck turnover in the Miami zone. Joe McKeowen found Chris Pohlkamp, who fired a hard shot that rebounded off Larkin’s pad. Pierre-Luc Mercier was waiting for the rebound, beating Larkin high for his second goal of the season.
Bowling Green tacked on their second goal just 45 seconds later. Mitch McLain found himself right on the doorstop with Matt Pohlkamp on his hip. McLain slid the puck across the crease, and Pohlkamp found net for his third goal of the season.
The Falcons finished the first period with 13 shots on Larkin. Miami had six opportunities shot on Nell.
The Falcons extended their lead to 3-1 at 14:13 of the second period. Tyler Spezia wristed the puck towards the RedHawk net, John Schilling tipped the puck, beating Larkin. The goal was Schilling’s first of the season.
Bowling Green finished the second period with ten shots on Larkin. Miami had six shots on Nell in the middle frame.
The Falcons pushed their lead to 4-1 at 14:13 of the third period. Mitch McLain dug the puck out of the corner and fed it up the boards to Pierre-Luc Mercier. The senior forward found Mark Friedman in the slot, who wristed a shot past Larkin for his second goal of the weekend.
The Falcons’ fourth goal ended up being the final of the game, winning 4-1 over their in-state rival Miami.
With the win the Falcons improve to 1-6-1 on the season. The RedHawks fall to 3-2-2. Bowling Green will head back home next weekend to welcome Ferris State in the Ice Arena.
- Pierre-Luc Mercier (BGSU) – GWG, 1 A
- Mitch McLain (BGSU) – 2 A
- Chris Nell (BGSU) – 17 saves
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