The Falcons are heading back a conference semi-final for the second time in three years as they knocked off the Michigan Tech Huskies 5-2. Bowling Green won the best-of-three series 2-0.
Tommy Burke again started in net for the Falcons saving 28 of 30 shots. Pheonix Copley played in net for Michigan Tech and stopped 29 of the 33 shots he faced.
Matt Pohlkamp gave the Falcon’s their first goal at 14:35. Ryan Carpenter skated down the far boards before finding Pohlkakmp cross-ice. The freshman forward found the back of the net on a one-timer high over the diving Copley.
Adam Berkle doubled the Falcon lead at 19:01 while on a five-on-three power play. Mike Sullivan passed to Ryan Carpenter who wristed an initial shot on Copley. Though he made the save the puck came to Berkle who scored jut outside the crease.
Coach Bergeron talked about what a first period lead meant for the game: “That first period that was 50/50 at best, if not a little bit titled a little in their favor, (it) was huge.”
Evan Pivnick spoke to Mike Sullivan after the first period. Here is that interview:
Marcus Perrier scored a third marker for the Falcons at 13:30 of the second period. After taking a pass from Dan DeSalvo he fired a slap shot on to Copley who couldn’t quite get the end of his skate in front of the puck.
Evan spoke to Marcus Perrier after the second period. Here’s audio from their conversation:
Michigan Tech scored their first marker of the night from the blue line at just :29 of the third period on the power play. Alex Petan passed to Reid Sturos at the point who beat a screened Burke. But, Ryan Carpenter pushed the Falcon lead back to three goals at 2:11 as he scored on a Ben Murphy rebound.
The resilient Huskies pulled back to 4-2 as Mike Sullivan attempted to shoot the puck around the boards but found the Falcon net instead. Malcolm Gould was given credit for the goal. Given the Falcons propensity to let leads slip at the end of games, Bergeron talked about the mood of the bench after the Huskies second marker: “We’ve built up some resiliency the past three years. It showed itself in different ways this year. I think this game was a little of what we’ve been through. We didn’t go up and down in terms of our emotions…I thought we stayed with it.”
Copley was pulled with 2:09 left in the period for the man advantage. But, an Adam Berkle empty net goal at 18:17 clinched the Falcons trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan with a 5-2 victory.
Updated 2:11amWith Saturday night’s games all final and all series now complete, here is how the Final Five will layout: #6 Alaska-Anchorage will play #1 Ferris State at 7pm EST. #3 Bowling Green will face #2 Minnesota State at 2pm EST. The two winners will play Saturday at 7pm EST. There is no consolation game for the Final Five.
Ticket information about the Final Five will be available at BGSUFalcons.com.
Post Game Audio
Head Coach Chris Bergeron
Junior Forward Adam Berkle
Junior Defenseman Marcus Perrier