Updated 11:10 p.m., Falcon hockey edges Michigan Tech (12-13-13) PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 December 2013 22:38
BG’s Pierre-Luc Mercier attempts to control the puck against Michigan Tech’s Brent Baltus. (David Archambeau/The (Houghton, Mich.) Mining Gazette)
HOUGHTON, Mich. — Tommy Burke made 39 saves and Kevin Dufour scored twice to help Bowling Green to a 3-2 win over Michigan Tech in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game Friday.
Burke was outstanding on a night the Falcons were out-shot by a 41-18 margin.
Dufour scored twice to give the Falcons a 3-1 lead.  BOX SCORE
The freshman snapped a 1-1 tie with 4:20 remaining in the second period and increased the lead to 3-1 just 1:42 into the third period.
Tech cut BG’s lead to one goal when Alex Petan scored with 2:43 remaining, but the Falcons held on to improve to 8-8-3 overall and 6-6-1 in the WCHA. Tech is 6-9-4, 4-4-3.
The win was just BG’s third in the last nine games. The Falcons are 3-5-1 in that span, even though they held a lead late in the second period or the third period in those five losses and the one tie.
“We’ll take it. It’s huge to get a win,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said. “We’ve been struggling with finding ways to win and finding confidence, and some guys really stepped up in tough times during the third period. That going to help us.
“A win is a win, and we haven’t been able to find a way to win games consistently the last little bit here. We need to do it more. We found a way to win and that’s a good thing for our group right now.”
Burke improved his record to 6-1-3 overall, to go along with a 2.24 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage.
The sophomore didn’t allow a goal in the second period when the Falcons were out-shot by a 19-2 margin, but still managed to end the period with a 2-1 lead.
Dufour’s goal was BG’s first shot in the second period.
“Tommy was great,” Bergeron said. “We haven’t put him in this position very often, if at all, but he was able to steal a game for us. We knew he was capable of that and he stepped up. I’m happy for him because he played well.”
After building the 3-1 lead, BG killed off a 5-on-3 power play for 1:19 with 11:41 to go, and two other man-advantages in the final seven minutes.
Tech pulled its goalie with about a minute to play for a 5-on-3 advantage after a BG penalty.
The Falcons killed off Tech’s last five power-play attempts after allowing the Huskies to score on their first try with the man advantage.
“The third period got a little crazy with penalties and poor decisions on our part, but for the most part, we were in control of the kills,” Bergeron said. “We had some purpose to what we were doing. Some guys stepped up made some big blocks, made some big plays and that’s what you need.”
The first period ended in a 1-1 tie.
BG freshman Matt Pohlkamp opened the scoring at 11:45, but Tech’s Ryan Furne tied the game in the second period with a power-play goal at 5:36.
“They out-played us tonight, especially the second period,” Bergeron said. “The first period, we can say was kind of even. They out-played us in the second period. They really took it to us. They took their game up to a whole new level, and we couldn’t match it, but (Burke) played well.”
The Falcon power play was 0-of-3.
BG forward Chad Sumsion and defenseman Marcus Perrier were healthy scratches.
Falcon forward Brett Mohler is sick and didn’t make the trip.
The teams play again tonight at 7:07.
Last Updated on Saturday, 14 December 2013 09:39

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