BOWLING GREEN, Oh. — The Bowling Green Hockey team closed out the regular season in dramatic fashion Saturday night, defeating Ferris State 3-2. The Falcons’ win combined with Notre Dame’s loss to Western Michigan on the final night of conference play propels BG into ninth place in the CCHA standings. Bowling Green’s 21 points tie them with Alaska-Fairbanks, but BG owns the first tie breaker with eight league wins to UAF’s seven.
Ferris State’s offense was clicking early, with sophomore Chris Kunitz scoring just 28 seconds into the contest.
The Falcons answered midway through the first with an even-strength marker from Tyler Knight.
Both teams’ power-play units were held scoreless in Friday’s game, but that wouldn’t be the case Saturday, with each team posting man-advantage markers. BG’s Greg Day put the Falcons ahead 2-1 with his 20th of the season.
Five minutes later, FSU freshman Simon Mangos would put his second of the year past Tyler Masters while Ryan Murphy served time for roughing.
The score remained tied at two until late in the third, when BG received offense from an unlikely hero. Junior Ryan Wetterberg scored his first goal of the season at 14:39 off a feed from Tyler
The Falcons were able to hold off the Bulldogs for the remaining five minutes of the contest to seal the win and a playoff berth.
Tyler Masters stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced, while Vince Owen made 27 saves in net for Ferris St. BG’s power play unit was successful in one of three chances, and FSU scored once in five opportunities.