BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Western Michigan’s Dave Cousineau scored the game-winning goal with just four seconds left in overtime for a 5-4 Central Collegiate Hockey Association victory over Bowling Green on Saturday night at the BGSU Ice Arena.
The Bronco goal came off of just their fifth power-play try of the game after BGSU’s Scott Hewson was called for high sticking at 3:59 of overtime.
For the second night in a row, Western Michigan (14-10-4 overall, 8-9-3 CCHA) struck first with a goal by Jeff Campbell at 6:21 in the first period. However, Bowling Green came right back with a goal by senior Greg Day at 10:56. He was assisted on the goal by D’Arcy McConvey and Hewson.
Then, early in the second, McConvey gave BGSU its first lead of the weekend with his seventh goal of the season at 1:53. Day was credited with the assist and the Falcons led 2-1.
WMU scored the next two goals to go up 3-2 with scores from Dana Lattery (PPG, 9:14) and Paul Glynn (12:39) in the second period.
The Bronco lead lasted until midway into the third period when Day scored his second goal of the night and 15th of the season, at 11:33. McConvey and Hewson assisted on the goal.
Western Michigan retook the lead less than two minutes later with a goal from Pat Dwyer at 13:31 for a 4-3 Bronco edge. Again, the Falcons fought back, this time with a game-tying goal by senior Austin de Luis at 15:40 in the third. For de Luis, it was his third of the season and first since Nov. 23 at Lake Superior.
The tie lasted into overtime until Campbell’s game-winner.
BGSU outshot the Broncos for the game, 30-29, including 12-7 in the second period. But WMU got off four shots to Bowling Green’s one in the overtime period. BGSU was 0-for-3 on its power play tries while Western Michigan was 2-for-5.
WMU goalie Jeff Reynaert had 26 saves and Tyler Masters 24 in the net for BGSU.