Winterfest: BGSU, Robert Morris skate to wet 2-2 tieWritten by Tom Konecny | | firstname.lastname@example.org
On a celebrated, historic stage every bit worthy for two top-20 hockey programs, No. 13 Bowling Green and No. 19 Robert Morris skated to a hard-fought 2-2 tie at a rain-soaked Fifth Third Field on Jan. 3.
“All in all, a positive experience,” said BGSU head coach Chris Bergeron. “I don’t want to get too caught up in results all the time, but to be a part of something like this, it was big for our program and big for our guys. Ultimately there was a little adversity out there with the weather, but both teams had to deal with it. As for a coaching perspective, we’ll go look at the tape, make the necessary corrections and move forward.”
The Colonials (12-3-4) led in shots on goal for most of the game, but the Falcons (11-3-3) turned a 1-0 first period lead into a two-goal advantage by the second intermission. Sophomore forward Matt Pohlkamp and senior forward Adam Berkle scored Bowling Green’s two goals.
Pohlkamp’s goal came while BGSU played shorthanded via a roughing penalty from Dan DeSalvo. The Falcons’ penalty killing defense entered the game ranked second in the nation, and remained strong, stopping all seven Robert Morris power play opportunities.
Robert Morris was called for three minor penalties in the game.
Robert Morris’ Greg Gibson scored its team’s first goal with 11:02 remaining in the third, and then Brady Ferguson tied the game just 1:55 later.
BG freshman goaltender Chris Nell remained hot, turning away 34 of 36 shots and improving to 5-0-1 in his first six career games.
“It was definitely a great experience,” Nell said. “I wish the weather could have been a little better, but no matter what it’s a great experience. I’ve never been in a game like that before. It was a lot of fun. It felt like being a kid again out on the pond.”
The Falcons remain undefeated over their last six games, having not lost since Nov. 14.
Two tight defenses proved they may have been no match for the weather, as Mother Nature reminded fans that winter is half of the outdoor festival’s name. A steady, cold rain lasted the entire contest, coercing much of the 3,806 in attendance to remain subdued and seated farther from the ice and under cover than likely intended.
Both teams will play again Jan. 4 at 84 Lumber Arena in the Pittsburgh suburb of Neville Island at 7:07 p.m.