Falcons even best-of-three series with 7-2 win

March 12, 20161st2nd3rdFinal
Bemidji State1102
Bowling Green3047
Scoring Summary
111:08BGSUWalker, Sean (Tate, Brent , Dufour, Kevin)
111:33BGSUHawkins, Brandon (Baylis, Stephen , Friedman, Mark)
113:34BSUFitzgerald, Gerry (Beauvais, Brett , McCormack, Graeme)
117:03BGSUDufour, Kevin (Tate, Brent , Mercier, Pierre-Luc)
206:04BSUBauman, Kyle
300:27BGSUFriedman, Mark (Baylis, Stephen , Cooper, Mark)
314:23BGSUCooper, Mark (Baylis, Stephen , Pohlkamp, Chris)
317:15BGSUFriedman, Mark
317:24BGSUReichert, Jakob (Bednard, Shane )
Goaltender SummaryMinGAENSv
BSUBitzer, Michael57:506018
BGSUNell, Chris59:562037
Statistical ComparisonBSUBGSU
Shots on Goal3925
Power Plays1-74-6
Falcons even best-of-three series with 7-2 win
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Falcons even best-of-three series with 7-2 win

BOWLING GREEN, OHIO (BGSU Ice Arena) – The Bowling Green State University men’s ice hockey team scored four power-play goals en rout to tying its Western Collegiate Hockey Association Playoff best-of-three series, 1-1, with a 7-2 victory over Bemidji State University, Saturday at the BGSU Ice Arena.

In a game that Bemidji State dominated play five-on-five, special teams play that doomed the Beavers. A penalty-kill unit that had allowed just 16 power-play goals in the team's first 37 games of the season, surrendered four power-play goals on six man advantage opportunities.

In all, a total of five power-play goals were scored in addition to Bemidji State’s first penalty shot goal since 2007.

Despite being outplayed for the opening eight minutes of play, Bowling Green took a 3-1 lead into the first intermission, thanks to three special teams goals.

BSU piled up seven shots before the Falcons got a single shot on net, but at the 9:57 mark of the first, Jordan Heller was hauled to the penalty box setting BGSU up with its first power-play opportunityof the night. At the 11:08 mark Sean Walker got the Falcons on the board, netting his fifth goal of the season on the power-play with an extra attacker due to a delayed penalty. BGSU got its second power-play goal in as many chances at the 11:33 mark when Brandon Hawkins scored.

The Beavers cut BGSU’s lead in half at the 13:34 mark when Gerry Fitzgerald netted his team-leading 14th goal of the season on the power-play. Brett Beauvais and Graeme McCormack were credited with assists on the play.

Before the period would come to an end, the Falcons found the back of the net on the power play (17:03) yet again, when Kevin Dufour beat the BSU goaltender.

Kyle Bauman accounted for all of the scoring in the second period netting BSU’s first penalty shot goal since 2007 at the 6:04 mark of the period.

BGSU would open the third period clinging to a 3-2 lead but would needed just 27 second to post their fourth power–play goal of the game and extend their lead to 4-2. The Falcons added even-strength goal with 5:37 left in the game.

With 4:55 left in the game and trailing by three goals, BSU went on a power play and elected to add an attacker by pulling Michael Bitzer out of the net. The strategy would not benefit the Beavers. BGSU scored an empty-net goal at the 17:15 mark and followed that with an even-strength goal nine seconds later to make it 7-2 in favor of the Falcons.

BSU completed the game with a 35-28 edge in shots on goal.

The Beavers, now 17-15-6 overall, will battle Bowling Green (21-13-6) in the deciding game of this best-of-three WCHA Playoff series for a berth into the 2016 WCHA Final Five, tomorrow when the teams hit the ice for a 6:07 p.m. opening face off at the BGSU Ice Arena.

Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.