Bowling Green, OH – An offensive explosion and a perfect game by Chris Nell gave the Falcons a 7-0 win over Alabama-Huntsville Friday night.
Chris Nell Started in net for Bowling Green, turning aside all 33 shots faced. Carmine Guerriero had 35 saves on 42 attempts.
Bowling Green opened the game’s scoring at 9:37 of the first period. Kevin Dufour broke out, split a pair of Charger defenders, and beat Guerriero low to pick up his 11th goal of the season. Pierre-Luc Mercier had the lone assist on the play.
Dufour kept his scoring touch at 14:28 to extend the Falcons’ lead to 2-0. After taking a pass from Frederic Letourneau made a series of moves, alluding a pair of defenders. He then took the puck on his backhand and beat Guerriero moving across the crease. The goal was Dufour’s 12th of the season.
The Chargers led shots after the first period, racking up 12 chances. The Falcons had 11 shots on net in the first frame.
Mitch McLain extended the the Falcons’ lead to 3-0 at 4:06 of the second period. With the Falcons on a power Pierre-Luc Mercier passed to Mark Friedman at the point. Friedman fired a shot from the blue line that was deflected by McLain. The goal was McLain’s 17th of the season.
The Falcons’ penalty killing units were challenged midway through the period as the Falcons had to kill off a five-minute penalty (Craggs, contact to the head), which then became a five-on-three disadvantage after Mark Friedman was whistled for cross-checking. But, key saves by Nell and stout defense kept the Chargers off the scoreboard.
Bowling Green had 14 shots in the middle frame while Alabama-Huntsville had 11 opportunities.
Bowling Green extended their lead to 4-0 at 5:14 of the third period on the power play. Tyler Spezia fed the puck to the point, finding Mark Friedman. The junior defenseman passed across the blue line to Adam Smith, who wristed a seeing-eye shot past Guerriero for his first goal of the season.
The Falcons picked up their fifth goal just 1:40 later, again on the power play. Pierre-Luc Mercier found Sean Walker at the point. Walker fired a shot that deflected off the stick of Kevin Dufour. The puck found the net, giving Dufour the hat trick.
Frederic Letourneau added the Falcons’ sixth goal at 18:52 of the third period with a re-direction on a Chris Pohlkamp pass. Frederic Letourneau buried a wrist shot of his own to seal Bowling Green’s 7-0 victory.
Bowling Green finished the period with 10 shots on net while Alabama-Huntsville had 16 attempts.
With the win the Falcons improve to 16-17-2, 13-13-1-1. The Chargers fall to 9-21-3, 9-15-3-0. The teams will conclude their weekend series Saturday at 7:07.
- Kevin Dufour (BGSU) – 3 G, 1 A
- Chris Nell (BGSU) – 33 saves, SO
- Pierre-Luc Mercier (BGSU) – 4 A
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