PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Bowling Green State University ice hockey team lost to 7th-ranked Boston College in a semifinal matchup at the second annual Three Rivers Classic on Friday night (Dec. 27), losing to the Eagles by a score of 5-0. Playing at the CONSOL Energy Center, the Falcons failed to score a goal throughout the night, while Tommy Burke turned away 33-of-38 shots.
The Orange and Brown faced off against one of the most memorable hockey coaches in program history in Friday night's game. Jerry York, who is in his 20th season at the helm of Boston College, led the Falcons to their only National Championship in BGSU program history in the 1983-84 season, and compiled a program's best 342-248-31 record in 15 seasons.
Boston College got on the board quickly and often in the first game of the Three Rivers Classic tournament. The Eagles lit-the-lamp three times in the first 6:45 of the tilt to take an early 3-0 lead.
Johnny Gaudreau, who was a Hobey Baker finalist last season, received a pass from senior forward Kevin Hayes on the far side of the boards and sent a backhanded shot over the shoulder of Burke 1:19 into the game, handing the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
Boston College doubled their lead shortly after, as Gaudreau found a skating Travis Jeke on the far side of the boards. Jeke sent a backhanded shot past Burke 3:33 into the first period for a 2-0 advantage. The Eagles added one more goal in the first frame at the 6:45 mark, as the Falcons found themselves trailing 3-0 entering the second period.
Gaudreau tallied a point in each of the Eagles' goals in the opening period, giving him 31 total points on the year.
Bowling Green outshot Boston College 13-11 in the middle frame, but could not solve Eagles' netminder Brian Billett the entire night, failing to score a goal for just the second time all season.
Boston College scored two more times throughout the tilt, handing them their 11th win of the season.
With the loss, Bowling Green dropped to 8-9-4overall on the season and will play in the consolation game at 4:35 p.m. tomorrow night. With the win, #7 Boston College improved to 11-4-2 overall on the season, and advanced to the Three Rivers Classic championship game on Saturday night.
The Falcons will be right back in action Saturday night (Dec. 28), facing off against the loser of the second semifinal clash between Robert Morris University and Penn State University. The consolation matchup will mark the first time the Falcons will take on the either team in program history. The puck is set to drop at 4:35 p.m.
- Dan Bylsma is the head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who play at the CONSOL Energy Center.
- Bylsma played for Bowling Green from 1988-92, tallying 37 goals and 50 assists in 157 games played over his Falcon career.
- Coach Bylsma was named the head coach of the men's USA Hockey team for the 2014 Sochi Games.
- Penguins' assistant coach Todd Reirden also played his college hockey on the Bowling Green State University campus, playing from 1990-94, and was teammates with Bylsma for two seasons.
- Reirden compiled 24 goals and 52 assists for 76 points in 140 games.