|1st||1:33||BGS||1-0||EV||Jakob Reichert (2)||John Schilling/6, Connor McDonald/6|
|1st||9:43||BGS||2-0||PP||Ben Murphy (3)||Matt Pohlkamp/10, Brandon Hawkins/5|
|1st||14:10||BGS||3-0||PP||Sean Walker (1)||Kevin Dufour/3, Pierre-Luc Mercier/7|
|1st||19:23||CLK||1-3||EV||Marly Quince (2)||-|
|2nd||2:20||CLK||2-3||PP||Nic Pierog (3)||A.J. Fossen/6|
|2nd||13:20||BGS||4-2||EV GW||Pierre-Luc Mercier (4)||Mitchell McLain/2, Connor McDonald/7|
|2nd||13:55||BGS||5-2||EV||Tyler Spezia (5)||Kevin Dufour/4|
|3rd||5:49||BGS||6-2||EV||Ben Murphy (4)||Brandon Hawkins/6, Mark Cooper/4|
|3rd||9:10||CLK||3-6||EV||Troy Josephs (3)||Kelly Summers/7, Pat Megannety/4|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Bowling Green (12-4-5)||2/5||5/10||0|
|Greg Lewis (L, 1-3-1)||45:50||3||2||11||9||22|
|Bowling Green Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Tommy Burke (W, 4-2-0)||60:00||3||9||13||10||32|
BOWLING GREEN, Oh. - The No. 12 Bowling Green State University hockey team extended its unbeaten streak at the BGSU Ice Arena to 14 games and improved to 4-0 this season following a loss with a high-octane 6-3 victory over the Clarkson Golden Knights on Saturday.
The Falcons responded to Wednesday night's shutout loss by scoring just 93 seconds into Saturday's contest. They continued to feast on opportunities and scored three goals in the first period, the most in one frame since a three-goal third on Nov. 21 against Alabama-Huntsville.
By the end of the game, BGSU equaled its highest goal total of the season, a six-goal effort in the season opener against Ohio State. In total, twelve different Falcons scored at least one point, which also tied a season high set in the OSU victory.
"We got off to a really good start," BGSU Head Coach Chris Bergeron said. "I thought there were times when we were really good. I thought we started well tonight which is what we are looking for."
Bowling Green opened the scoring with a goal on a 2-on-1 breakaway. Connor McDonald fed a laser of a pass from the Falcons' defensive side to John Schilling, who fed Jakob Reichert on the right side of the crease. Reichert found an empty net and sent the puck home for a 1-0 lead just 1:33 into the game.
The goal was Reichert's second of the season and first since the opener versus Ohio State, but it marked his second straight game in which he played with a point.
Just 3:24 into the game, Clarkson's Brett Gervais was called for slashing, and with 14 seconds left in the power play, it appeared that Mark Cooper scored to give the Falcons a 2-0 lead. However, that goal was nullified as the officials ruled that another BGSU player was in the crease.
BGSU received another power play chance at the 8:10 mark of the first when Troy Josephs was called for hooking. This time, Bowling Green made the opportunity count, as Ben Murphy scored his third goal of the year with 10:17 left in the first. Matt Pohlkamp fought for the puck on the left boards and fed Murphy between the circles for the score. Brandon Hawkins also earned an assist on the play.
Sean Walker closed out BGSU's first period scoring by notching his first goal since last March 6 against Alabama-Huntsville. Walker fired his shot from deep in the BGSU offensive zone, in the middle near the blue line, after assists from Kevin Dufour and Pierre-Luc Mercier. The goal occurred at 14:10 of the first period, on another BGSU power play due to an elbowing penalty by Janick Asselin.
Clarkson replaced starting goaltender Steve Perry with Greg Lewis following BGSU's third goal, and Lewis held the Falcons in check for the remainder of the first 20 minutes. The Golden Knights scored their initial goal of the game with 37 seconds left in the opening period, then cut the BGSU lead to 3-2 just 2:20 into the second.
The Falcons held their slim one-goal edge until Mercier finally penetrated Lewis' wall with 6:40 left in the second period. Mercier took a rebound on the left side of the crease and pushed it past Lewis, who was down. Assists on the score were credited to Mitch McLain and McDonald.
Bowling Green scored again just 35 seconds later when Tyler Spezia buried a shot in the net from the right side of the crease, just outside of the circle. His opportunity came after a pass from Dufour, who earned his second assist of the night and fourth of the season.
Murphy completed BGSU's scoring 5:49 into the third period with his second goal of the night and fourth of the season. He beat Lewis on the left side of the net following assists from Hawkins and Cooper. This is the first two-goal game for Murphy since Jan. 10, 2015 against Alaska.
Clarkson scored one final goal midway through the third, but the Falcon defense held over the final 10:50 of the game to maintain a 6-3 victory.
Led by Murphy's two goals, five different Falcons scored the six goals. Murphy also headed a group of five BGSU players that earned two points, including McDonald, Dufour and Hawkins, who posted two assists each. Mercier had a goal and an assist.
Bowling Green scored their six goals on 35 shots, while Tommy Burke stopped 32 of 35 shots in his fifth start of the season and first since November 14 at Michigan Tech. He improved to 4-2-0 on the year.
BGSU is now 12-4-5 overall and has now won its last seven games following losses. The Falcons will face Clarkson (7-9-2) in the finale of the two-game series Sunday at 5:07 pm.