BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Bowling Green State University hockey team came up short for their first loss of the season in a 2-1 final against Mercyhurst at the Slater Family Ice Arena on Saturday (Dec. 5). The loss moves Bowling Green to 3-1 on the young season after beginning the year with three straight wins. The lone goal of the game for the Orange and Brown came off the stick of Evan Dougherty, his first goal of the season and fifth of his carer. The Falcons will head east tomorrow to Erie, Pa. for the second game of the home-and-home against Mercyhurst, set for a 3:00 p.m. puck drop.
Next Home Game: The Falcons will back at the Slater Family Ice Arena next Friday (Dec. 11) to host Ferris State in a non-conference home-and-home series. The contest is set for a 7:07 p.m. puck drop.
- Mercyhurst scored the lone goal of the first period, seeing Justin Cmunt net his first score of the season with assists from Steen Ipri and Austin Heidemann on the power play.
- The Lakers added to their lead in the third period with another power play goal, this one from Cade Townend with assists from Josh McDougall and Gueorgui Feduolov.
- After pulling the goalie for an extra man late in the third, Evan Dougherty was able to rocket the puck into the net for a score. Gavin Gould and T.J. Lloyd logged the assists on the play.
Other Key Plays
- With a roughing after the whistle call late in the first period, the Falcons carried a penalty into the second period with 54 seconds remaining.
- Both teams also carried over penalties from the second to third period as well.
Falcon Stat Facts
- With his third period goal, Evan Dougherty logged his first goal of the season and fifth of his career. Having an assist earlier the year, the point was Dougherty's second for the 2020-21 campaign.
- Assisting on Dougherty's score, both Gavin Gould and T.J. Lloyd registered their third assists of the season.
"Obviously there's disappointment in the result, but you have to give credit to Mercyhurst. They were excited to play their first game of the year. The things that they wanted to have happen, happened. They scored early and their goaltender played well. With the power play goal we were forced to start chasing and the further the game goes the more frustrated you get because you need to score. To the kids credit, they kept working. We're not disappointed in our team's effort, we're disappointed in the result. We'll get a chance to look at the video, see what we need to do differently tomorrow and get a chance to go there and see what happens."
Bowling Green and Mercyhurst will conclude their home-and-home series on Sunday (Dec. 6) in Erie, Pa. The game is set for a 3:00 p.m. puck drop and a live stream will be available on FloHockey.