|2nd||9:07||BGS||1-0||EV GW||Pierre-Luc Mercier (5)||Chris Pohlkamp/7|
|2nd||16:56||BGS||2-0||PP||Mark Friedman (8)||Brett D'Andrea/11, Frédéric Létourneau/7|
|3rd||10:38||BGS||3-0||EV||Tyler Spezia (6)||Matt Pohlkamp/5|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Bowling Green (15-17-2)||1/8||4/8||0|
|Colin DeAugustine (L, 5-6-2)||58:52||3||7||15||7||29|
|Bowling Green Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Chris Nell (W, 11-13-2)||60:00||0||8||7||7||22|
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Bowling Green State University hockey team celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Slater Family Ice Arena in style with an emphatic 3-0 win over Mercyhurst on Saturday afternoon. BGSU captured its 15th victory of the season, while Chris Nell recorded his ninth career shutout.
The Falcons began the game in the midst of the team's longest-ever scoring drought. The drought continued through a first period that did not present many scoring opportunities for either team.
Just 3:54 into the game, BGSU went on the penalty kill but allowed only one shot during the penalty and did not face another for the remainder of the period. The Falcons had two power plays of their own during the opening 20 minutes, but neither were successful. Mercyhurst led 8-7 in shots on goal heading into the first intermission.
Bowling Green's offense put an enormous amount of pressure on Lakers' goaltender Colin DeAugustine during the second period. The team took 17 shots on goal, and the effort finally paid off in crooked numbers on the scoreboard.
Both teams had fruitless power plays during the first nine minutes of the period. However, the Falcons were able to get two shots on goal while Joshua Lammon was in the box for tripping. As Lammon came back on the ice, Chris Pohlkamp sent the puck across DeAugustine from the left circle, and Pierre-Luc Mercier sent home a backhander to give BGSU a 1-0 lead at the 9:07 mark of the second.
Later in the frame, Lammon was again called for a penalty. This time, it was for slashing, and the Falcons did not wait for the power play to expire. This time, Mark Friedman lit the lamp from the center point. The deep laser was his eighth goal of the season and followed assists from Brett D'Andrea and Frederic Letourneau.
BGSU added to their advantage midway through the third period with a hard shot from just outside the right circle. Matt Pohlkamp earned the assist, as seven different Falcons earned a point during the contest.
Chris Nell saved 22 shots, including a key pair during a Mercyhurst power play during the second period. It is the second shutout of the season for Nell and the ninth of his illustrious career. The Falcons out-shot the Lakers 32-22. They have now outshot their opponents in 23 of the team's 34 games.
Bowling Green improves to 15-17-2 (12-13-1 WCHA) following the victory. The Falcons will take next weekend off, then will conclude the regular season with a pair of home games against Alabama-Huntsville on Feb. 24 and 25. Both of those games will begin at 7:07 p.m. and will be held at the Slater Family Ice Arena.