Bowling Green Edged By Miami, 3-2

Sophomore forward Matt Pohlkamp had an assist for the Falcons
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 3:38  MIA1-0 EV Louie Belpedio (1)Austin Czarnik/1, Blake Coleman/2
1st 12:19  BGS1-1 PP Kevin Dufour (3)Matt Pohlkamp/1, Nolan Valleau/3
2nd 1:29  MIA2-1 PP Sean Kuraly (1)Matthew Caito/1, Riley Barber/1
2nd 14:47  MIA3-1 EV GW Sean Kuraly (2)Matthew Caito/2, Anthony Louis/2
3rd 3:05  BGS2-3 EV Mark Friedman (1)Nolan Valleau/4, Jakob Reichert/1
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Bowling Green  1012
Miami  1203
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Bowling Green  135927
Miami  1215229
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Bowling Green (1-1-0)  1/5 6/12 0
Miami (1-1-0)  1/4 7/14 0
Bowling Green Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Tommy Burke (L, 0-1-0)59:113 1113226
Empty Net0:490     
Miami Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Ryan McKay6:150 2002
Jay Williams (W, 1-0-0)53:452 105823

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Bowling Green State University ice hockey team lost to No. 10/11 Miami University, 3-2, Sunday night (Oct. 12) in the second game of the home-and-home opening weekend series. Playing in front of 1,860 fans at the Steve Cady Arena at the Goggin Ice Center, sophomore Kevin Dufour tallied one goal - marking his third goal on the season in just two games - while junior goaltender Tommy Burke turned away 23-of-26 shots.

Freshman blue liner Mark Friedman also chipped in with a goal for BGSU - marking his first collegiate goal of his career-, and defenseman Nolan Valleau registered two assists for the second time in as many games - giving him an assist on four of the Falcons' five goals on the season.

"We brought those guys in here with expectations, so we're not surprised to see them play hard," head coach Chris Bergeron said. "It is encouraging to know they can compete at this level and their starting point is pretty good."

The Redhawks took leads of 1-0 and 3-1 through the first two frames, but Bowling Green's resilient offensive fire power never backed down and fought tough with the nationally-ranked Redhawks.

Miami flipped the script from two nights ago, as No. 10/11 Miami raced out to a quick start. The Redhawks applied pressure offensively early and often, netting the first goal of the game just 3:38 into the opening period at full strength. The goal gave the Redhawks their first lead of the series, as the 2011 New Jersey Devils' draft pick Blake Coleman beat Burke to give Miami a 1-0 lead.

In what became a period dominated by a combined seven penalties, the Orange and Brown bounced back and capitalized while holding the on-ice man advantage at the 12:39 mark in the opening act. The Falcons entered their offensive zone and control the puck around the blue line until sophomore forward Matt Pohlkamp fired a pass through the legs of Miami's netminder Jay Williams. The puck sailed across the crease and Dufour quickly sent the puck to the back of the net, tying the tilt at 1-1.

"We weathered the storm a bit in the first," Bergeron said. "When you're playing a tough opponent in a tough building, you have to come out and get off to a good start."

The Redhawks controlled the pace in the second frame, outshooting the Falcons by a 15-5 advantage. The offensive surge propelled Miami to a two-goal period, giving Miami a 3-1 lead heading into the third and final frame.

"We weathered the storm a bit in the first. The second period was not acceptable," Bergeron said. "When you're playing a tough opponent in a tough building, you can't have periods like that. That hurt us."

"We dug ourselves a hole, down two goals going into the third period, that's too hard to win on the road when you do that," Burke said.

However, the resiliency of the Falcons showed in the third and final frame, outshooting the Redhawks 9-2 in the period. The Orange and Brown spent most of the period down in their offensive zone, firing pucks towards Williams seemingly every chance they had.

Just 3:05 into the final act, Friedman found himself point-blank in the slot and fired the puck past Williams, lighting the lamp and cutting the Redhawk lead to within 3-2. The Falcons continued to apply pressure in the final period, but the Redhawk defense held off the Falcon attack and took the second game and earned a series sweep.

"I was happy with the way we played in the third period, but you can't leave it to chance like that," Bergeron said. "A great team like Miami takes advantage of it."

Bowling Green will begin league play next week, taking on Alabama-Huntsville at the Von Braun Center (Oct. 17-18). The Orange and Brown will take on the Chargers in the first of two regular-season matchups, and will mark the first Western Collegiate Hockey Association game for both squads.