Bowling Greenâ€™s line of Branden Svendsen, David Solway and Dan Sexton did it all for the Falcons in a 3-2 win over Nebraska-Omaha Friday night at the BGSU Ice Arena.
They combined for all three of the Falconsâ€™ goals and held the Mavericks off the board late in the third period as they were on the ice while Nebraska pressured late with an extra attacker.
â€œThey were terrific all the way through, they battled extremely hard for pucks won a lot of those battles and finished it off with some grit, but also some finesse,â€ said Bowling Green head coach Scott Paluch.
The Falcons started the scoring early as Svendsen created a turnover in the Maverick zone during a four-on-four sequence. Moments later, Svendsenâ€™s wrist shot from the slot was tipped past Nebraska Omaha goalie Jeremie Dupont by Solway for Bowling Greenâ€™s first lead of the game.
Just over 10 minutes later, Bowling Green extended their lead as Solway set up line mate Sexton on a 2-on-1 break. Sextonâ€™s wrist shot from the right circle froze Dupont beating the goalie just under the bar on the stick side.
â€œWe kind of fooled them I think, they stepped up and really didnâ€™t know what to do. Svednsen made a nice chip to Solway who made a nice pass to me and instead of giving it back I saw a hole and just tried to fire it,â€ Sexton said.
Neither team was able to score in the second period when the Falcons had several great chances. First junior Kai Kantolaâ€™s breakaway chance sailed wide during a Falcon power play, 90 seconds later Bowling Green seemed to increase their lead to three as the puck beat Dupont and trickled behind the goalie, following a review the officials declared no goal.
â€œI always ask our guys in that situation and James Perkin was the closest, he said it was close, but he certainly wasnâ€™t sure,â€ Paluch said.
Nebraska-Omaha almost got on the board with less than five seconds remaining in the period as Bowling Green goalie Jimmy Spratt was sprawled out and the Mavericks had a seemingly open net to shoot on, BG was saved by the buzzer after Spratt made a desperation save.
The Mavericks beat Spratt for the first time early in the third period when Eddie DelGrosso found a wide open Tomas Klempa in front of the Bowling Green net 37 seconds into the period. Spratt had no chance as Klempa one-timed the puck into the net uncovered.
â€œThat goal on the first shot gives you a lot of momentum, I thought we fed off of that first goal very well,â€ said Nebraska-Omaha coach Mike Kemp.
Sophomore Joey Martin tied the game at two for the Mavericks at the 10:54 mark of the third when he deflected Alex Hudsonâ€™s slap shot through the legs of Spratt.
The Svendsen-Solway-Sexton line delivered again for the Falcons at 16:44 mark as Sexton beat a sprawling Dupont with a wrist shot netting the game winner, getting assists from Svendsen and Solway.
â€œThey worked so hard and I was just standing in front of the net trying to be third guy high for the back check,â€ said Sexton. â€œThose guys worked so hard especially Solway who was taking on the big guys and grinding in the corner, Svendsen chipped one over to me and I snuck it under his pad.â€
After Sextonâ€™s second goal Bowling Green kept the Mavericks out of the net including the last 90 seconds when Nebraska-Omaha pulled the goalie. The Mavericks almost tied the game at three with 2 seconds remaining when they had an open man planted in front of the net but a pass missed the target.
The Falcons out shot Nebraska 44-20 while Dupont kept Nebraska in the game until late in the third period.
â€œI thought Jeremie did a nice job he made the saves he had to make and he did a nice job of keeping the puck under control on most of his stops, he was very solid,â€ said Kemp.
Bowling Green goaltender Jimmy Spratt stopped 18 shots in the win.
Both teams struggled on the power play as Nebraska-Omaha went 0-4 and Bowling Green went 0-6.