Nearly a decade into his tenure with the Falcons, head coach Chris Bergeron has still never lost an opening-round playoff series. The Bowling Green State University hockey team advanced past the first round of the conference playoffs for the eighth consecutive year on Saturday (March 3) with a 5-2 victory over Ferris State University. BGSU, who is seeded third in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) tournament, took a 3-0 lead and posted two insurance goals in the final period to earn a sweep over the Bulldogs. The Falcons are now 16-4 in the first round over the last eight seasons, including four sweeps. The win improves their overall record to 22-10-6; the team now has 87 victories in the last four seasons.
The scoring started early for Bowling Green, who jumped on the board with a Sam Craggs goal just 5:25 into the contest. Later in the period, Ferris State was handed a five-minute penalty, and Max Johnson used the extra man to give the Falcons a 2-0 edge after 20 minutes. The lead ballooned to 3-0 only four minutes into the second frame on an Alec Rauhauser score; however, Ferris State fought back with a pair of goals, and the score was 3-2 as the game headed to the final period. Momentum was reclaimed by BGSU with a Brett D'Andrea goal 2:25 into the third, and Mitch McLain provided the final margin on a power play score. This is the fourth time in the last two seasons that the Falcons have scored four or more in a playoff game; three of those have come against the Bulldogs.