HAMILTON, N.Y. – The Bowling Green State University ice hockey team defeated Colgate University Friday night, dropping the Raiders by a score of 3-1. Sophomores Dajon Mingo, Cam Wojtala and senior Bobby Shea all scored for the Falcons, marking their largest goal output of the season.
Senior Andrew Hammond started the contest, but gave way to freshman Tommy Burke after suffering an injury at the start of the first period. Burke stopped 24-of-25 shots in his first collegiate game, giving him his first career win for the Orange and Brown.
The Falcons scored the first goal of the contest, coming off the stick of Mingo at the 2:43 mark of the opening period.
A Colgate turnover resulted in a Falcon possession, with junior Andrew Wallace chipping the puck behind the Colgate net. Berkle flew into the Raider end, and beat the defense to take control of the puck, and send it to the Colgate slot. The pass found Mingo, who fired it home for his second goal of the young season.
The Falcons outshot the Raiders 9-6 in the remainder of the opening frame, but Mingo's tally stood as the only goal of the period for either team.
After the first intermission, Bowling Green came out strong again in the middle frame, scoring another goal just over one minute into the action
Back-and-forth play in the neutral zone led to a Bowling Green possession near the red line, with Mingo taking control of the puck. Mingo fed Wojtala near the Raider blue line, giving Wojtala a clear lane to the Colgate cage. Wojtala carried the puck in, and fired a wrist shot past Raider goaltender Spencer Finney for his second goal of the season.
Burke stood strong for the remainder of the second period, stopping all nine of Colgate's shots in the frame. Wojtala's goal marked the Orange and Brown's only goal on six shots in the frame, giving the Falcons a 2-0 lead heading into the final period.
Strong play from Burke continued into the third period, with the freshman turning away nine shots in the period, including four with Colgate on the power play.
The Raiders finally solved Burke with just over three minutes left in the contest, when Colgate's Jeremy Price netted a wrist shot from the slot to put the score at 2-1.
Colgate continued to pressure following the goal, keeping the puck in the Falcon's zone for the majority of the closing minutes.
With just over two minutes remaining, Colgate attempted a shot from the Falcons' blue line, but sent the puck right into Shea covering at the point. Shea stole the puck, and carried it down the length of the ice on the breakaway. All alone on the Colgate net, Shea deked out Finney, and slid the puck past the sprawling goalie for his second goal of the season.
Shea's insurance goal secured the win for Bowling Green, giving the Falcons a 3-1 victory, their first of the season.
Burke's win marks the first freshman goaltender to earn a win for Bowling Green since Nick Eno, in a 5-3 victory against RIT on Oct. 19, 2007.
Mingo's two-point night extended his point streak to four games, and marked his first multi-point game as a Falcon. Berkle's assist also extended his four-game point streak, marking a new career high.
Junior Andrew Wallace's assist on the first Falcon goal marked his first point of the season, and first since March 26 against Michigan in the playoffs last year.
The win improves Bowling Green's record to 1-2-1 overall, while the loss drops Colgate's record to 1-3-0 on the season. Neither team has played a game in conference yet this year.