Falcons post nonleague shutout of Mercyhurst

By February 11, 2017Game Recaps
Bowling Green's Pierre-Luc Mercier (right) controls the puck as Mercyhurst's Kyle Dutra closes in during Saturday's game (Photo by Todd Pavlack/BGSUHockey.com).

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Bowling Green snapped its three-game losing streak and its school-record three-game scoring drought Saturday night with a 3-0 victory over Mercyhurst in a nonleague game at the Slater Family Ice Arena.

The Falcons finished the game with a 32-22 margin in shots on goal. Chris Nell made 22 saves for BG, while Mercyhurst’s Colin DeAugustine stopped 29 shots.

The game was part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary weekend of the BGSU Ice Arena, which was renamed the SFIA in December. An announced crowd of 3,584 watched the game.

First Period

Neither team scored in the period. Mercyhurst held an 8-7 edge in shots.

Second Period

The Falcons dominated the period, scoring twice for a 2-0 lead.

Pierre-Luc Mercier opened the scoring at 9:07 on a backhander from in front of the net after Chris Pohlkamp’s pass from the left point.

Friedman doubled the lead 7:49 later with a one-timer from the center point. The shot finished a good three-way passing play with Brett D’Andrea and Frederic Letourneau.

The Falcons had 17 shots in the period, compared to Mercyhurst’s seven.

Third Period

Spezia gave BG a 3-0 lead, scoring from the deep slot at 10:38. Matt Pohlkamp assisted on the goal.

BG had eight shots in the period, while Mercyhurst had seven.

Nell’s shutout was the ninth of his career, extending his school record. He shared the record of seven with Tyler Masters and Andrew Hammond entering the season.

The Falcons were 1 of 8 on the power play, and killed off all four of Mercyhurst’s chances with the extra man.


BG improved to 15-17-2 overall, while Mercyhurst fell to 11-15-4.

The Falcons are off next weekend before finishing the regular season Feb. 24-25 against Alabama-Huntsville in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series in the SFIA.


Goals by Period
Shots by Period
0/4, 7
PPs, Shots
1/8, 9
FaceOff Wins

Full Box Score

Three Stars

  1. Chris Nell (BGSU) – 22 saves
  2. Mark Friedman (BGSU) – 1G
  3. Pierre-Luc Mercier (BGSU) – , 1G

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