Three Rivers Classic: Bowling Green
On Dec. 27, Bowling Green will face Boston College, its first out-of-conference opponent since Oct. 29. Bowling Green enters the Three Rivers Classic having played in 14-straight league games in a seven-week span.
Bowling Green and Boston College have not played since October 2008. The Eagles have defeated the Falcons in each of the last five meetings between the schools. Bowling Green is hoping to change that during this tournament with a win in the first round.
Since the creation of BGSU hockey in 1971, the team played in the CCHA conference. This season, they joined the WCHA conference, where they currently sit in third place with a 6-6-2 record.
- Bowling Green is the alma mater of Pittsburgh Penguins’ head coach, Dan Bylsma, and assistant coach, Todd Reirden. Both played for the Falcons during their collegiate years and were teammates during the 1990-91 and ’91-92 seasons.
- The Falcons are 83-100 on the penalty kill (83%).
- BSGU is averaging 3.0 goals per game, second-most in the WCHA.
- The team has been nearly perfect at home this season, with an impressive 6-1 record.
- Sophomore Dajon Mingo is currently on a five-game point streak. Of the 11 points he has notched this season (3G-11A), seven of them have been scored in the last five games.
- Forward Mark Cooper is currently tied with Bryce Williamson and Ben Murphy for the team lead with eight goals. Cooper’s 14 points (8G-6A) are third-most on the squad. Cooper was named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 26.
The 2013-14 season marks Chris Bergeron’s fourth year as Bowling Green’s head coach. Bergeron has been a beacon of hope for a program that was close to being shut down four years ago. He has been a large part of the “Bring Back Glory” campaign, a mission to rebuild BGSU’s hockey program.
During his first season as head coach for BGSU, he managed to double their win total from the previous year. Bergeron led the Falcons to Joe Louis Arena in 2011-12, marking their first return to the CCHA semifinals in over 10 years.
Before coming to Bowling Green, he was the assistant coach at Miami (OH) for nine seasons (2000-10), where he helped lead the team to two Frozen Four appearances.
As a player for the University of Miami (Ohio), he became one of only 47 players in program history to join the 100-point club with 120 points in his playing career. He was a two-year team captain, leading the team to its first CCHA Championship in program history as a senior.
GP G A Pts. +/-
1. Bryce Williamson 20 8 9 17 -3
2. Dan DeSalvo 20 4 11 15 3
3. Mark Cooper 20 8 6 14 6
4. Ralfs Freibergs 20 0 13 13 2
5. Brent Tate 18 7 5 12 -3
GP-GS-GA Avg. Saves Pct W-L-T
Tommy Burke 11-11-27 2.38 286 .914 6 -1- 4
Tomas Sholl 9–9-24 2.68 212 .898 2 -7- 0