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Updated 11:25 p.m., Falcons rally late to earn tie at Michigan Tech (12-14-13) PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 14 December 2013 22:52
BG’s Jose Delgadillo (8) ties up Michigan Tech’s Brent Baltus as the Falcons’ Tommy Burke makes a save. (Photo: David Archambeau/The (Houghton) Mining Gazette)
HOUGHTON, Mich. — Bowling Green rallied from a two-goal deficit with less than three minutes remaining Saturday to earn a 4-4 overtime tie against Michigan Tech in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game.
The Falcons trailed 3-1 and 4-2 in the third period, but tied the game on extra-attacker goals from Ben Murphy with 2:28 remaining and Bryce Williamson with 1:02 left. BOX SCORE
Williamson and Dajon Mingo both had one goal and one assist, and Mark Cooper scored BG’s other goal.
Tommy Burke had 43 saves for BG, including two point-blank saves as the game ended.
The Huskies held a 47-39 edge in shots for the game.
The Falcons, who were 3-2 winners Friday, are 8-8-4 overall and 6-6-2 in the WCHA. Tech is 6-9-5, 4-4-4.
“We’re very happy with the way we came back,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said. “At times, I don’t think we were great tonight, especially the first period and three quarters of the way through the second. But we hung with it.
“We haven’t had to show our resiliency a whole lot this first half because we’ve had leads and we haven’t been able to hang onto those leads. But to fight back from a two-goal deficit with 2 1/2 minutes left on the road, we’ll take it.”
The Huskies built a 3-1 lead on goals from Mike Neville at 8:20 and Blake Hietala at 10:10 before Mingo brought BG within in a goal at 12:14.
But Tech restored its two-goal lead just 48 seconds later on Tanner Kero’s goal.
Although the Huskies made good plays to score their three goals in the third period, they were helped by BG mistakes.
“The disappointing thing about that is people are getting opportunities and they’re just not taking advantage of their opportunities,” Bergeron said. “We had the momentum when it was 3-2 and we gave them a goal.
“We made some good plays with the goalie pulled, and we’re pretty proud of that. We took the game to them in the overtime. The way the last part of the second period ended, the third period and the overtime, we were pretty happy with the way we played.”
BG’s comeback capped a wild third period that saw each time score three times. Each team scored its other goal in the first period.
Both teams had excellent scoring chances in overtime. Tech’s Pheonix Copley made seven saves in the extra period, while Burke made two-point stops as the game ended.
BG is off until Dec. 27-28.
The Falcons were coming over a 4-3 home loss to Alabama-Huntsville last Saturday, the victory being UAH’s first of the season.
Tech was 4-2-2 at home entering Saturday.
“Right now, we feel good about the weekend,” Bergeron said. “Michigan Tech is a good team. They came at us hard. They win puck battles. They’re hard on pucks. They block shots. They defend. For us to get (a win and a tie) here is a great weekend, coming off the disappointment of last weekend.”
Burke started both games of a series for the first time this season. The sophomore and freshman Tomas Sholl split the first nine weekends.
Burke had stopped 57-of-59 shots in his last two games in wins over UAH and Tech. Sholl wasn’t been sharp in his last two starts, stopping only 50-of-58 shots in losses to Lake Superior and UAH.
“We felt (Burke) deserved it and he played well,” Bergeron said.
Mingo skated at forward after playing the third period there Friday. He started the season at forward, but went back to defense for the UAH series and Friday’s game at Tech.
“We didn’t have a whole lot of jump up front (Friday),” Bergeron said of why Mingo went back to forward. “We thought he had some jump in his game, even (on defense) and we moved him back up. He was fine. He skated well.”
Bergeron said no decision had been made on which position Mingo will play when the team returns to action.
BG defenseman Marcus Perrier returned to the lineup Saturday being a healthy scratch Friday.
Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 14:41

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