|1st||4:43||CLK||1-0||EV||Nic Pierog (2)||Todd Christian/2, Troy Josephs/2|
|2nd||2:29||BGS||1-1||EV||Kevin Dufour (7)||Dajon Mingo/1, Matt Pohlkamp/4|
|2nd||4:35||CLK||2-1||EV||Joe Zarbo (2)||Todd Christian/3, Jeff Di Nallo/2|
|2nd||11:31||BGS||2-2||EV GT||Mitchell McLain (2)||Mark Cooper/2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Bowling Green (3-1-1)||0/1||2/4||0|
|Bowling Green Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Tommy Burke (T, 0-1-1)||65:00||2||4||9||8||4||25|
|Ville Runola (T, 0-0-1)||65:00||2||11||8||6||2||27|
POTSDAM, N.Y. - The Bowling Green State University ice hockey team tied Clarkson University on Friday (Oct. 24) night, scoring a pair of goals in the second period to earn a 2-2 draw with the Golden Knights in the first game of their two-game set. Playing in front of 2,592 at Cheel Arena, Kevin Dufour and Mitch McLain scored goals for the Falcons, while Tommy Burke (0-1-1) turned away 25-of-27 shots on the night.
The Falcons (3-1-1) failed to score on the power play for the first time all season, going 0-for-1 in their limited chances in the game. Meanwhile, the Orange and Brown went a perfect 2-for-2 on the penalty kill, moving to 16-for-17 (94%) on the season. Bowling Green also outshot the Golden Knights (2-2-1) by a 29-27 margin, moving to 3-0-1 when outshooting its opponents this season.
"You better be on your toes entering a game like this with how physical of a team Clarkson is," head coach Chris Bergeron said. "Every night is a battle and tonight was another example of that."
In a hard-fought, penalty-free first period, which also set the tone for the entire tilt, both teams had excellent scoring opportunities throughout the opening act. Despite outshooting Clarkson by an 11-5 margin, the Golden Knights scored the game's first goal at the 4:43 mark in the opening period. Freshman forward Nic Pierog gathered a pass from linemate Todd Christian and flipped the puck over Burke's glove just under the crossbar, giving Clarkson an early 1-0 lead.
Both teams shared a number of scoring chances for the remainder of the opening act, but Clarkson would score the only goal in the stanza.
"Clarkson is a good team," junior assistant captain Brent Tate said. "We know if we play our game we can beat anyone."
Trailing 1-0 entering the second period, the Falcons score the equalizer just 2:29 into the frame, coming off the stick of Dufour. The Quebec City native, who entered the game with a NCAA-leading six goals, took a pass from defenseman Dajon Mingo and dangled the puck in front of the crease. Dufour's first initial shot rebounded off the pad of Clarkson's starting netminder Ville Runola and then the nation's leading scorer quickly jammed the puck past the right post.
The goal marked the seventh time Dufour lit the lamp this season, and currently leads the NCAA in scoring by a margin of two goals. The sophomore left-handed winger has scored at least one goal in each of the Falcons' five games in 2014-15.
In what became a back-and-forth battle throughout the period, the Golden Knights responded with a goal at the 4:35 mark. Clarkson's goal gave them a 2-1 lead, and its second lead of the game.
Trailing once more, Bowling Green scored its second goal of the period with 8:24 remaining in the period, erasing a one-goal deficit for the second time in the game. McLain fired his own rebound past Runola on the right side of the net to tally his second goal of his career.
"We tip our hat to Clarkson tonight," Tate said. "We are looking forward to tomorrow in what we expect to be another battle."
The two teams went toe-to-toe for the remainder of regulation, as Clarkson outshot BGSU 8-6 in the period, but Burke shutdown the Golden Knights to force extra minutes.
"Tommy Burke made a couple of huge saves in overtime," Bergeron said. "That was key tonight for us to walk away with a tie."
The Falcons played in its first overtime game of the 2014-15 season, skating to a 2-2 tie with Clarkson. Bowling Green now moves to 2-1-1 on the road, with its only road loss coming to No. 10 Miami University on Oct. 12.
"Ultimately we walked away with a tie and we learned a lesson tonight," Bergeron said.
Bowling Green will be right back in action Saturday (Oct. 25) night, taking on the Golden Knights in game two of the weekend series. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:30 p.m. at Cheel Arena.