Late Rally Sends Bowling Green Past Ferris State, 5-3, To Sweep Playoff Series
Senior forward Pierre-Luc Mercier posts goal and two assists for Falcons

Senior forward Pierre-Luc Mercier had a goal and two assists for the Falcons
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 3:39  BGS1-0 EV Joe McKeown (1)Matt Pohlkamp/8, Adam Smith/3
2nd 1:23  BGS2-0 PP Pierre-Luc Mercier (6)Kevin Dufour/12, Chris Pohlkamp/10
2nd 11:48  FSU1-2 EV Mitch Maloney (12)Gerald Mayhew/18, Andrew Dorantes/11
3rd 11:20  FSU2-2 PP Jason Tackett (4)Andrew Dorantes/12, Joe Rutkowski/18
3rd 12:24  FSU3-2 EV Trevor Recktenwald (4)Jacob Hetz/5
3rd 17:12  BGS3-3 PP Kevin Dufour (14)Mitchell McLain/15, Pierre-Luc Mercier/12
3rd 17:48  BGS4-3 PP GW Alec Rauhauser (5)Pierre-Luc Mercier/13, Sean Walker/14
3rd 19:26.8 BGS5-3 PP EN Tyler Spezia (8)Matt Pohlkamp/9, Mark Friedman/17
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Ferris State  0123
Bowling Green  1135
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Ferris State  10101030
Bowling Green  1181029
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Ferris State (13-19-5)  1/3 12/35 0
Bowling Green (19-17-2)  4/8 8/16 0
Ferris State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Darren Smith (L, 3-15-2)58:594 107724
Empty Net1:011     
Bowling Green Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Chris Nell (W, 15-13-2)60:003 109827

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Bowling Green State University hockey team made a stirring comeback with three goals in the final three minutes to earn a 5-3 victory over the Ferris State Bulldogs on Saturday night (Mar. 4) at the Slater Family Ice Arena. The win gives BGSU a series sweep of FSU and sends them to the best-of-three WCHA semifinal round next weekend.

The Falcons quickly put themselves on the board in the first period. With just three minutes gone in the game, Matt Pohlkamp did some slick skating to get around his defender and to the net. His shot attempt did not get home, but Joe McKeown was there to stick in the rebound for a 1-0 lead at the 3:39 mark of the first. Pohlkamp's assist gave him a fifth point for the weekend.

Neither team could score for the remainder of the period, but both had very close calls. During BGSU's second power play of the opening frame, Mitch McLain tapped a re-direction from Kevin Dufour that appeared to be headed through the five-hole and into the net. Somehow, FSU goaltender Darren Smith closed the hole for the save. Shortly after the Bulldogs killed that penalty, they attacked Nell and thought they got the puck through. The goal was denied upon review, and the period ended 1-0 in favor of BGSU.

Play on both sides got a little rough as the first period ended, resulting in seven penalties during the final minute. The last of those gave the Falcons a power play and ultimately led to BGSU's second goal.

Bowling Green began the second period with a man advantage for the first 1:27. Pierre-Luc Mercier scored to give BGSU a 2-0 lead with only four seconds to go in the power play. He lit the lamp on his own rebound, following a great pass from Kevin Dufour. Chris Pohlkamp was given the second assist.

Ferris State answered back in the middle of the period to cut BGSU's lead back to one. The Bulldog defense created a turnover that resulted in a Mitch Maloney liner from between the circles. Assists were given to Gerald Mayhew and Andrew Dorantes for the goal that came at the 11:48 mark of the second.

The score remained 2-1 in BGSU's favor until the final ten minutes of the game due to two penalty kills and the continued good work of Chris Nell. However, the last ten minutes would become an all-timer.

BGSU's Alec Rauhauser took a holding penalty with 9:19 left to give the Bulldogs their third power play of the third period. They finally scored the equalizer 39 seconds into the penalty on a shot from Jason Tackett. FSU's momentum had been building for some time, and they took the lead for the first time in the series just 1:04 after tying the game. This time, Tyler Recktenwald sent a hard shot from the right circle past Nell.

The entire context of the final minutes changed at the 13:20 mark of the third when Gerald Mayhew was called for checking from behind. Mayhew was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct for the foul.

After several saves from Smith, Dufour sent home a backhander to give BGSU its own equalizer with 2:48 remaining in the game. The Falcons additionally had 1:08 left in the power play. Before the Falcon faithful could stop cheering the first goal, Bowling Green scored again. This time, Rauhauser sent a wrister past Smith for the eventual game-winner with 2:12 remaining. The Bulldogs immediately compounded their problems by taking a cross-checking penalty by Recktenwald, so the Falcons remained on the power play when Mayhew's major was completed.

Eventually, FSU pulled Smith from net to even the skaters at five apiece, but Tyler Spezia iced the game with an empty-net goal with 0:33.2 left on the clock. Spezia's score provided the final charge in an electrifying 5-3 victory.

Matt Pohlkamp finished the night with two assists and ended the sweep with six points (two goals, four assists). Pierre-Luc Mercier scored one and assisted twice to finish the weekend with four points, and Sean Walker's assist on the game-winner also gave him four points in the two playoff wins.

Chris Nell completed the weekend with a second consecutive 27-save night and earned 54 saves in 58 attempts during the two-game sweep.

Bowling Green's victory gives the team a 2-0 sweep in their best-of-three first round series in the 2017 WCHA playoffs. They have now won at least one playoff series in each of Chris Bergeron's seven seasons as head coach.

BGSU now advances to the WCHA semifinals, which are also best-of-three series. The fourth-seeded Falcons' opponent has yet to be determined. The second (Michigan Tech) and third seeds (Minnesota State) have also advanced; however, the top-seeded Bemidji State will be forced to play a decisive third game on Sunday. If BSU wins, the Falcons will go to Bemidji next weekend. If BSU loses, the Falcons will play in Mankato, Minn. against Minnesota State.

The Falcons are now 19-17-2 and one win away from their third consecutive 20-win season. Ferris State concludes their 2016-17 season with a 13-19-5 record.