|1st||12:46||WIN||1-0||SH||Chadd Bauman||Dylan Seguin, Julian Luciani|
|2nd||5:01||BGS||1-1||PP||Brett D'Andrea||Frédéric Létourneau, Alec Rauhauser|
|2nd||10:26||BGS||2-1||EV EA DP||Brett D'Andrea||-|
|2nd||17:46||BGS||3-1||PP GW||Kevin Dufour||Mark Friedman, Matt Pohlkamp|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Blake Richard (L)||60:00||3||11||11||6||28|
|Bowling Green Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Tomas Sholl (W)||59:55||2||7||5||9||21|
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - After a penalty-ridden 60 minutes of play, the Bowling Green hockey team came through with a 3-2 victory over Windsor in exhibition action Saturday afternoon.
"We had a lot of young guys out playing with a bunch of fire and it's our first game of the year with referees," Bowling Green hockey head coach Chris Bergeron said. "I'm happy that we looked to have a game plan and have a system in play. There was a bounce here, bounce there both ways, and that happens, but overall I'm happy with the way we played."
In the first game of the 2016-17 season, junior Brett D'Andrea notched two goals back-to-back to give the Falcons the win. First on a power play opportunity just five minutes into the second period, D'Andrea tucked the puck into the top right corner of the net with assists by freshmen Frederic Letourneau and Alec Rauhauser. D'Andrea then scored his second of the day just five minutes later unassisted.
All three Bowling Green goals were tallied in the second period, as senior Kevin Dufour took advantage of a 5-on-3 opportunity with just under three minutes to play in the second. Dufour crashed the net and scored the game winner from the edge of the crease, while junior Mark Friedman and senior Matt Pohlkamp were there for the assists.
"There's lots of fire there, they played hard and it was a hard fought game," Coach Bergeron said. "I like the way we competed, and I thought we stuck together pretty well. Specifically, I liked our penalty kill. It looked like we were on the same page with that. Big picture was that I liked the way we stuck together and we competed hard and the power play did some good things."
Windsor got on the board early as they broke away for a 2-on-1 opportunity 12 minutes into the game and went up 1-0 with the shorthanded goal. The Lancers struck early again in the third, this time just 35 seconds into play, with a goal that trickled past the goal line. Despite putting on the pressure for the remainder of the third, the Falcons held off the Lancers and pulled through with the 3-2 final.
Senior goaltender Tomas Sholl suited up for Bowling Green and tallied 21 saves on the day. The native of Hermosa Beach, Calif. faced a total of 29 attempted shots, leading to a .913 save percentage.
Offensively, both of D'Andrea's shots came through for goals for the Falcons, while Dufour's game winning shot was one of four the Quebec City, Que. native took on the day. Sophomore Shane Bednard and senior Sean Walker each contributed five shots each towards the Falcons 31 in the season-opener.
"We're going to have to learn to settle down with our stick play and our faceoff interference," Coach Bergeron said of the team's penalties. "There are a few penalties that we would like to have back, but we're going to have to get used to this new normal."
Bowling Green ultimately held the advantage in shots by a 31-23 mark, and had two of its three goals come from power play opportunities. The Falcons tallied 17 penalties for 51 minutes, while the Lancers marked 20 through the 60 minutes of play for a total of 52 minutes in the box. With ten power play chances, Bowling Green scored two goals and took 17 shots at the net.
"Now we have a good starting point, and we'll go back to work," Coach Bergeron added. "We have plenty of video of special teams to review for next week's preparation. We'll use it and we'll use today for what it is, and it was a good dress rehearsal."
The Bowling Green hockey program will officially open the 2016-17 campaign on Friday, Oct. 7 as it travels to Bemidji, Minn. for Western Collegiate Hockey Association play. The Falcons will face Bemidji State Oct. 7 and 8 in 8:07 p.m. ET puck drops.