|1st||5:47||RIT||1-0||EV||Todd Skirving (1)||Myles Powell/1, Dan Schuler/1|
|1st||6:12||RIT||2-0||EV||Todd Skirving (2)||Mark Golberg/1, Andrew Miller/1|
|1st||7:13||BGS||1-2||EV||Mark Cooper (4)||-|
|3rd||16:56||BGS||2-2||EV GT||Kevin Dufour (4)||Pierre-Luc Mercier/4, Matt Pohlkamp/3|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Bowling Green (3-1-1)||0/2||2/4||0|
|Bowling Green Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Chris Nell (T, 1-1-1)||65:00||2||9||6||16||2||33|
|Mike Rotolo (T, 0-2-1)||65:00||2||8||8||7||4||27|
Rochester, N.Y. - Junior Kevin Dufour scored with 3:04 to play in regulation to help erase a two-goal deficit and earn the Bowling Green hockey team a 2-2 tie in front of 10,556 fans at Blue Cross Arena for RIT's Homecoming game.
"Why wouldn't you want to play in an environment like that?" BGSU head coach Chris Bergeron said after the game. "I think it's a fun atmosphere."
RIT scored a pair of goals just 25 seconds apart in the first period to jump out to a 2-0 lead, but Mark Cooper silented a raucous crowd 61 seconds after that and Chris Nell made 33 saves to give the Falcons a chance to battle back from behind.
Bowling Green allowed the first goal on back-to-back nights over the weekend but was still able to get a win and a tie. The Falcons, ranked No. 10 in the country, went 3-1-1 on a five-game-in-eight-day stretch to open the 2015-16 season. All five contests were played in different arenas and the Falcons will now be off until traveling to Alaska for a two-game set with Anchorage Oct. 31-Nov. 1.
The Tigers' Todd Skirving scored both of his team's first period tallies with the first coming at the 5:47 mark after Nell pushed aside an initial shot. RIT tracked down the deflection in the corner and Skirving was open on the doorstep to give the Tigers the lead.
Just 25 seconds later, Skirving scored on a two-on-none breakaway, burying the shot off a pass from Mark Golberg.
With momentum going RIT's way and the sold out crowd getting loud, Cooper settled things down. Just 61 seconds after the Tigers' second goal, he made a set of moves near the crease to beat the goalie and cut the deficit to one.
"The place was going crazy," Bergeron said. "But that's what you expect out of your seniors. It was a huge goal to give us a fighting chance. It was important that our team found a way to get that momentum back on the road after giving up two goals."
The score remained 2-1 through an uneventful second period in which the Falcons outshot RIT 8-6. The Tigers tried to put the contest away in the third, registering 16 shots but Nell came up with a handful of big saves to keep RIT off the board. With time running down, Dufour took a pass from Pierre-Luc Mercier and beat the RIT goalie for the game-tying score. It was Dufour's fourth goal of the season and third consecutive game lighting the lamp. Sophomore Mark Friedman earned the second assist.
Neither team was able to break the tie in regulation, sending the contest to a five-minute sudden victory overtime session. The Falcons outshot RIT 4-2 in the period but were unable to pick up the win.
For the game, RIT outshot Bowling Green 35-29. Both teams were 0-for-2 on the power play and the Tigers won 33-of-60 face-offs. Sophomore Brandon Hawkins had a team-high five shots and both Mitch McLain and Chris Pohlkamp blocked three shots. Nell made 33 saves in the contest, just five shy of his career high, to move to 1-1-1 on the season.
"This was a tough schedule, but our guys got through it," Bergeron said. "This group has a resiliency that I'm proud of."
RIT moves to 0-2-1 with the tie and the Falcons completed a 1-1-1 week to move to 3-1-1 on the season. BGSU will have two weeks to recover from the grueling stretch to start the year before the weekend in Anchorage.