|1st||1:38||RMU||1-0||EV||Scott Jacklin (8)||Cody Wydo/15, Elias Ghantous/1|
|1st||7:24||BGS||1-1||EV||Kevin Dufour (10)||Nolan Valleau/8, Mark Friedman/6|
|2nd||7:06||BGS||2-1||EV GW||Brandon Hawkins (7)||Ben Murphy/6, Mark Cooper/7|
|3rd||9:07||BGS||3-1||EV||Brent Tate (4)||Nolan Valleau/9, Dan DeSalvo/8|
|3rd||10:15||BGS||4-1||EV||Mark Friedman (2)||Dan DeSalvo/9|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Bowling Green (12-3-3)||0/4||3/6||0|
|Robert Morris (12-4-4)||0/3||4/8||0|
|Bowling Green Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Tomas Sholl (W, 3-1-0)||59:23||1||8||14||12||34|
|Robert Morris Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Dalton Izyk (L, 6-3-0)||60:00||4||11||14||14||39|
Moon Township, Pa. - The Bowling Green State University ice hockey team defeated Robert Morris University on Sunday (Jan. 4) evening, scoring two goals over the final 20 minutes to propel the Falcons past the Colonials, 4-1. Playing at the 84 Lumber Arena at the Island Sports Center, the Falcons received goals from Kevin Dufour (10), Brandon Hawkins (7), Brent Tate (4) and Mark Friedman (2) in the winning effort. Bowling Green's Tomas Sholl (3-1-0) earned the start in the cage, turning away 34-of-35 shots in the victory.
In a clash between two top-20 teams, the 13th-ranked Falcons (12-3-3) improved to 4-2-2 in non-conference action by taking the second game of the home-and-home series against 19th-ranked Robert Morris (12-4-4) -wrapping up non-conference play for the 2014-15 season. The Falcons also improved to 11-2-3 since losing to Miami University on October 12, and 9-1-2 when leading after two periods.
In a matchup that featured a pair of teams that entered the night ranked in the top 12 in scoring offense nationally, the two teams came out aggressive on the offensive end. Both teams combined for 21 shots on net and no penalties in a clean opening 20 minutes of action.
"I don't think we took our foot off the gas offensively, and I thought we did a nice job playing in the offensive zone," head coach Chris Bergeron said. "That was the focus going into tonight's game. Tonight we just played our game for longer, and obviously we were able to win the third period. I thought we were more consistent with our game plan."
Robert Morris scored the game's first goal just 1:38 into the opening frame, coming off the stick of Scott Jacklin. The senior beat Sholl off a redirection in front of the net, giving the senior his eight goal of the season for the Colonials.
However, much like the rest of the season, Bowling Green's resiliency showed, tying the tilt at the 7:24 mark in the first period. The play started with Friedman -who was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the third round of the 2014 NHL Draft - taking a Colonial turnover at the far point and sent a pass across the ice to freshman blue liner Nolan Valleau. The Novi, Michigan native took the puck and split several defenders, skating into the high slot before finding a waiting Dufour. Dufour - who opened the season with nine goals in the Falcons' first eight games - went five-hole and found the back of the cage to tie the tilt at 1-1.
The score remained true for the rest of the frame, as neither team could solve the other netminder over the remaining 12:36 of the first period. Sholl, who hails from Hermosa Beach, California, turned away 8-of-9 RMU shots. Meanwhile, Colonials' netminder Dalton Izyk stopped 11-of-12 Falcon shots fired his way in the period.
"It had been a long time since he had played and he definitely deserved it," Bergeron said. "Obviously he's wanted to play and the other two have played well. He earned his opportunity and tonight he played well."
The Falcons continued its strong offensive surge in the second period, attempting 45 shots and finding 15 on net over 20 minutes to put pressure on the Colonial defenders. BGSU placed 74 shot attempts towards Izyk throughout the first 40 minutes of action, the most for the Falcons through the first two periods all season long.
With the game deadlocked at 1-1, the Orange and Brown took the lead with a goal at the 7:06 mark coming at even-strength. The play started with junior forward Ben Murphy forcing a turnover at the halfboards. The junior from Duxbury, Massachusetts split a pass through several RMU defenders and Hawkins' one-timer found the back of the twine from the top of the circle, giving Bowling Green a 2-1 lead- proving to be the game-winning goal; marking his second GWG of the season.9
Sholl, who played in his first game since October 31 against Minnesota State, turned away all 14 Colonial shots in the period to keep 19th-ranked RMU off the scoreboard.
"He made some huge saves at 1-1 and at 2-1," Bergeron said. "They had some big-time chances and I thought Sholl was there. There was a couple really good opportunities that we gave up and Tomas was there to stop them when we did give them up."
Tate scored at the 9:07 mark into the third period to give the Falcons a two-goal lead, before Friedman's second goal of his collegiate goal put the game out of reach just 1:08 after the Orange and Brown took a 3-1 lead. Tate's fourth goal (Evan Pivnick's goal call) of the season came off a rebound fired from Valleau -marking his second assist on the night- near the high slot, and Friedman's slap shot (Evan Pivnick's goal call) went through traffic in front to put the game out of reach.
Senior captain Dan DeSalvo tallied two assists on the night, giving him nine assists on the season and 91 career points. The Rolling Meadows, Illinois native has totaled one point in five over the last seven games. Meanwhile, Sholl shutout the Colonials since allowing an early goal at the 1:38 mark into the game, earning his third victory of the season.
Bowling Green outshot the Colonials on the night, 43-35 - including out-shooting RMU in each period of the game -, and killed off 3-of-3 Robert Morris power play opportunities. The Falcons, who entered the game second in the nation on the penalty kill, is now 14-for-14 on the PK over its last three games. The Falcons moved to 8-1-2 when out-shooting its opponents, and 8-1-2 on the road.
The Falcons will return back to the BGSU Ice Arena for the first time since playing host to the Beavers of Bemidji State on Nov. 21-22, where the Falcons swept BSU by scores of 3-1 and 3-2. The Orange and Brown will welcome Alaska to Bowling Green, taking on the Nanooks for the second time this season. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. for both games in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.