The Falcon’s 2013-2014 season came to a close as they were knocked off by the Minnesota State Mavericks in the WCHA Semifinal.
It was a metaphor for the Falcon’s season as they played solidly through the first 40 minutes before letting the third period snowball.
Tommy Burke made the start for the Falcons, turning aside 32 of 35 shots while Cole Huggins was in the crease for Minnesota State, shutting out the Falcon’s 36 shots.
Neither team found twine in the first period as Burke stopped 14 shots. Huggins turned aside 13 Falcon attempts.
Minnesota State struck first at 3:52 of the second period. Bryce Gervais passed to Matt Leitner who found Chase Grant. The junior forward re-directed the puck past Burke on a precise passing play.
At 12:47 the Mavericks scored a shorthanded marker as Tommy Burke went behind the net to play a clear attempt. He left the puck for a Falcon skater but Bryce Gervais collected the puck and scored on a wraparound on a wide open net for the 2-0 lead.
“Anytime they go up two-‘oh’ like that it’s a momentum killer,” Ryan Carpenter said after the game. “But we tried to stay as positive as we can, tried bouncing back as quickly as we can, but didn’t.”
The Falcons test Huggins ten times in the second period while Burke turned aside nine of eleven shots.
Minnesota State scored their third marker at 10:47 of the third period. Teddy Blueger found Johnny McInnis on a 3 on 1 advantage who beat a sprawling Burke.
Tommy Burke was pulled for the extra attacker with just over two minutes left in the third period but the Falcons gave up an empty net goal at 18:27 to Matt Leitner for the final marker.
For Bowling Green it was a deflating win as the team was riding a five game winning streak. Team captain Ryan Carpenter summarized the season: “As a team we were too inconsistent this year. We had a lot of ups and downs, and it felt like we were starting to peak at the right time: at the end.”
Coach Bergeron, when asked about what the take home message is from the season: “The big picture is we put ourselves in a situation where we were competing for a championship.”
Minnesota State will face the winner of the Ferris State/Alaska-Anchorage contest in the WCHA Final on Saturday at 7:07pm.
The Falcon’s record for the ’13-’14 season was 18-15-6, 13-12-4. It was the Falcon’s first winning season since the 1996-1997 season.
Post Game Audio
BGSU Postgame Presser
Chris Bergeron Postgame Interview