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Sophomore goaltender Tommy Burke makes 19 saves for Falcons

Sophomore goaltender Tommy Burke made 19 saves for the Falcons

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio. - The Bowling Green State University ice hockey team played their first weekend home game of the season on Friday night (Oct.18), skating to a 1-1 tie against the Colgate University Raiders. Playing in front of 2,273 Falcon faithful at the BGSU Ice Arena, the Falcons' (1-1-2) senior forward Bryce Williamson scored the lone goal, while sophomore Tommy Burke turned away 19-of-20 shots throughout the night.

The Orange and Brown dominated the offensive end, however, Colgate's netminder was brilliant, stopping 38-of-39 Falcon shots. The Falcons had numerous chances in front of the net for the majority of the night with 12-of-39 shots coming right in front of the goaltender, but could not capatalize. Bowling Green went 0-for-4 on the power play while going a perfect 3-for-3 on the penalty kill, including a key kill with just under 10 minutes remaining in regulation.

Williamson broke the scoreless tie in the first period with 6:25 remaining, lighting the lamp to give the Falcons a 1-0 advantage. Sophomore forward Mark Cooper collected the puck off the boards and fired it to a waiting Williamson, and made a nice deke move to fool the Raiders goaltender to find the back of the net. The marker was Williamson's third of the year, and 29th of his career.

In spite of an early power play chance, the Raiders (2-1-1) only managed to get four shots on Burke while the Falcons had 13. Bowling Green outshot the Raiders in each regulation period with 37 total shots over that time.

Colgate came out in the second period and responded with a goal just 2:36 into the frame. The Raiders got a 2-on-1 chance with John Lidgett and Mike McCann skating towards their attack zone. Burke was able to make the initial save, but could not hold onto the puck. McCann corralled the rebound in front of the crease and sent the backhanded shot past Burke.

The two teams skated to a scoreless final frame as Burke made some saves to keep the game knotted at 1-all. Burke made a nice glove save halfway through the period as Colgate threatened to break the tie. Burke played all 65 minutes as the two teams went into overtime.

The two teams will turn around and play each other for the second of the two-game series tomorrow night (Oct. 19). The puck is set to drop at 7:07 p.m. at the BGSU Ice Arena.