BUFFALO - The Bowling Green State University ice hockey team defeated Canisius Sunday afternoon, dropping the Golden Griffins by a score of 3-2. Dajon Mingo, freshman Brent Tate and senior Marc Rodriguez scored for the Falcons, while freshman goaltender Tommy Burke (2-3-2) turned away a career high 32-of-34 shots in the win.
Bowling Green and Canisius were both held off the board on the power play, each going 0-for-1 in the contest.
Sunday's game started with strong defensive play from both teams, as neither squad was able to score in the first period. Burke turned away all 11 shots in the first period, while Canisius goaltender Tony Capobianco turned away eight.
Canisius would finally break the scoring drought just over five minutes into the second period, taking a 1-0 lead on an even-strength goal. Canisius pressured the Falcons at the bottom of the Bowling green zone, sending a number of quality shots on Burke. After several saves at the left of the crease, the Griffs passed the puck back into the slot. Cody Freeman was waiting on the near side, jamming home a goal for a Canisius 1-0 lead.
With just under three minutes remaining in the second period, the Falcons answered back to tie the contest, 1-1.
The Orange and Brown started the play with solid cycling down low, eventually moving the puck to sophomore Ryan Carpenter at the near circle. Carpenter sent a pass towards the slot, deflecting off fellow sophomore Adam Berkle's stick towards the far side. Mingo swooped in after the deflection, firing a high shot past Capobianco for his fourth goal of the season
Bowling Green continued its offensive surge in the third period, netting a go-ahead goal at 7:42 of the final frame. Sophomore Dan DeSalvo took possession of the puck on the far side of the ice, sending a cross-ice pass to Tate streaking down the near boards. Tate carried the puck into the Canisius zone, and fired a shot through the Golden Griffs defender. Tate's shot surprised Capobianco, beating the Canisius netminder high for Tate's first goal as a Falcon.
Trailing the Falcons, 2-1, with five minutes remaining in the contest, Canisius fired a distant shot towards the Bowling Green net. Burke made the initial save, but a wave of Canisius players jammed away at the rebound, including Griffs forward Kyle Gibbons. The puck squeezed through the sprawling goaltender, with Gibbons getting the final shot to tie the game, 2-2.
Tied with 1:30 left in the contest, Bowling Green pressured the Griffs down in the offensive zone. Junior Brett Mohler took possession of the puck down low, eventually finding junior Cam Wojtala at the top of the slot. Wojtala fired a one timer towards the Canisius cage, handcuffing the Golden Griffs goaltender. The puck sat to the left of the crease, allowing Rodriquez to jam home his first goal of the season, putting the Falcons ahead, 3-2.
Burke stood tall for the Falcons in the remainder of the third period, securing the non-conference victory for Bowling Green. The Falcons now sit at 5-10-5 overall, while the Griffs' overall record drops to 6-9-5.
Mingo's goal in the second period pushed his point streak to four games, dating back to Falcons' 1-4 loss to Notre Dame on Dec. 15, 2012. Mingo's four-game point streak ties a career high.
Tate's first collegiate goal in the third period gives him a point in every game he has played in for the Orange and Brown, pushing his season point total to three.
Rodriguez's game-winning goal also marked his first tally of the season, snapping a personal 19-game point drought. Rodriguez's last point (goal) came back on March 16, 2012, in the Falcons' 3-2 double-OT loss to Michigan at Joe Louis Arena.
The Falcons have a quick turnaround, hitting the ice again this Tuesday in a road game against Michigan at Yost ice Arena. The puck is set to drop at 7:35 p.m., and will be aired live on the BIG10 Network.