Coming into this weekend the Falcons had an outside chance to host a home playoff series. A series sweep over Bemidji and help from Minnesota State clinched home ice for the Falcons.
Senior forward Bryce Williamson scored the game’s first goal at 12:25 of the first period. He took a pass from Ben Murphy and fired a top shelf laser that beat Jesse Wilkins for a power play marker. Radoslav Illo tied the game up at 19:37 as he skated in down the wing before roofing a puck over Burke.
“We showed that resiliency again (after the tying goal)” Coach Bergeron said after the game. “I thought our guys stayed fairly level. We believed we were going to get our opportunities.”
Ben Murphy spoke to our Evan Pivnick during the first intermission. Here’s that interview.
The Beavers took their first lead of the weekend at 2:42 of the second period. Graeme McCormack dumped the puck in on a near-icing. Tommy Burke made a late decision to attempt to play the puck but changed his mind and got caught out of position. Sam Rendle passed across the ice and found Markus Gerbrandt who tallied his 15th goal of the season.
The Falcons would pull back into a 2-2 tie at 5:47 as Kevin Dufour took a Sean Walker feed and bested a wrist shot best Wilkins. Ben Murphy tallied the Falcon’s third goal at 16:51 as he wristed a goal from deep in the slot. Mark Cooper assisted on the goal.
Kevin Dufour picked up his second goal of the game at 8:45 of the third period on the power play. Ryan Carpenter worked behind the net before finding Dufour. The freshman managed to slip the puck under Wilkins pads for his ninth goal of the season.
Dan DeSalvo added an insurance goal for a 5-2 lead at 10:37 as he scored a rebound goal with an assist by Adam Berkle.
Tommy Burke ended up with 19 saves of 21 attempts while Jesse Wilkins turned aside 26 of 31 tries. The Falcon power play accounted for three goals on five attempts and shutout the Beavers on the penalty kill 0-for-6. The team’s special teams are peaking at the right time as they head to the playoffs next week. “Special teams are going to be huge. Right now they’re playing great hockey.”
C0-captain Cam Wojtala was pleased with the team’s weekend overall: “I think we had a pretty good weekend. There’s some things we have to clean up but overall pretty positive for us.”
Being that tonight was also a celebration of the senior class, Bergeron was asked about his class of 2014 and their impact on the program: “We’ve tried to all make a commitment to leave Bowling Green hockey better than when we found it. Those guys have done that.”
The Falcons will host Michigan Tech in the first round of the playoffs beginning 3/14 at 7:07pm. The teams will play a best-of-three series with the winner going to Grand Rapids for the Final Five tournament.
Post Game Audio
Head Coach Chris Bergeron
Senior Forward Cam Wojtala
We have published a gallery showing pictures of the class of 2014 from throughout their time at Bowling Green. You can find that story here.