Bowling Green Held Off By Clarkson, 3-2
Sophomore forwards Tyler Spezia and Brandon Hawkins score goals for Falcons

Sophomore forward Tyler Spezia scored a goal for the Falcons
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 12:48  BGS1-0 EV Tyler Spezia (6)Stephen Baylis/3, Kevin Dufour/5
1st 19:54  CLK1-1 SH Troy Josephs (4) -
2nd 10:35  CLK2-1 PP Jeff Di Nallo (2)Brett Gervais/7, Terrance Amorosa/5
3rd 2:16  CLK3-1 EV GW Sam Vigneault (6)Christian Powers/5
3rd 19:10  BGS2-3 PP EA Brandon Hawkins (4)Ben Murphy/6, Pierre-Luc Mercier/8
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Clarkson  1113
Bowling Green  1012
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Clarkson  211619
Bowling Green  914932
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Clarkson (8-9-2)  1/1 6/23 1
Bowling Green (12-5-5)  1/5 1/2 0
Clarkson Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Greg Lewis (W, 2-3-1)48:501 814426
Steve Perry11:101 0044
Bowling Green Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Tommy Burke (L, 4-3-0)58:163 110516
Empty Net1:440     

Bowling Green, Ohio - Nothing lasts forever, and Sunday evening, Bowling Green hockey's 14-game unbeaten streak at the BGSU Ice Arena came to a sudden halt with a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Clarkson Golden Knights in the finale of a two-game series.

The contest turned late in the first period after the Falcons took a 1-0 lead on a Tyler Spezia goal. Clarkson's Nic Pierog was called for checking from behind, which landed him a five minute major penalty and a game misconduct with 37 seconds left in the first period.

To that point, Clarkson had managed just one shot on goal and the Falcons seemed to have momentum. But the Golden Knights' Troy Josephs took advantage of an exchange behind the net and flipped the puck past Tommy Burke's right side for a shorthanded score with only six seconds remaining in the first to knot the game up.

The Falcons still had 4:24 remaining in the Clarkson major to begin the second period, and they attacked netminder Greg Lewis throughout. They managed seven shots on goal and had another hit the pipe, but none of those found the net, giving Clarkson the spark it needed.

Midway through the period, the Golden Knights took their first lead of the series. Jeff DiNallo fired home a shot from the middle of the right circle for a 2-1 lead with 9:25 left in the second. Brett Gervais and Terrance Amorosa were credited with assists.

Clarkson's lead grew to 3-1 just 2:16 into the third period when Sam Vigneault scored his sixth goal of the season following an assist from Christian Powers.

The Falcons appeared to get a goal from Jordan Ernst midway through the third, but upon review, it was disallowed. The two-goal deficit prevailed from there until the final two minutes of the game. With 1:52 left, DiNallo was called for slashing, and BGSU went with a 6-on-4 advantage and an empty net.

Sixty-two seconds later, Brandon Hawkins scored his fourth goal of the season and a power play goal for BGSU to halve the deficit. Ben Murphy and Pierre-Luc Mercier received assists; both completed three-point weekends.

The Falcons had 50 seconds left to tie the game, but Clarkson was able to control the puck in their offensive end until the final ten seconds. BGSU made a run at the Clarkson goal, but Pat Megannety took a tripping penalty with 3.9 seconds left. Despite another 6-on-4 advantage, the Golden Knights controlled the faceoff, and the game ended in a 3-2 defeat. Burke stopped 16 Clarkson shots, while Lewis and Steve Perry combined to hold off 30 of BGSU's 32 shots. Six different Falcons earned points, each with one. Bowling Green scored the first goal of the game when Spezia controlled a loose puck between the circles with 12:48 elapsed in the first period and fired a shot into the top right corner of the net, above the stick of goaltender Greg Lewis.

The goal was Spezia's sixth of the season and second of the weekend. He received assists from Stephen Baylis and Adam Smith. Smith's point is the first of his BGSU career in his third collegiate game.

"I don't think it was a very good performance at all," BGSU Head Coach Chris Bergeron said. "We weren't ready to play tonight and that's disappointing."

The loss is the Falcons' first this season when scoring first (9-1-2) and when being tied after the first period (5-1-2). It is BGSU's first home loss since Feb. 21, 2015 versus Northern Michigan and the team's first non-conference home loss since Nov. 14, 2014 against Ohio State.

BGSU is now 12-5-5 and will seek to win their eighth consecutive game following a loss Friday at 7:37 pm when they face the Lake Superior State Lakers in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.