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Hockey capsule: BGSU at Michigan Tech

03/18/2017, 12:30am EDT
By BLADE STAFF

Falcons seek first NCAA berth since 1990

Western Collegiate Hockey Association championship: 

No. 4 Bowling Green at No. 2 Michigan Tech

Time: 7:07 p.m.

Records: Bowling Green is 21-17-2; Michigan Tech is 22-14-7

Radio: 88.1 FM, 100.7 FM

Series: Michigan Tech leads 15-9-3

Notes: The Falcons look to claim their first conference tournament title since 1988 and their first NCAA tournament berth since 1990 with a win. BG advanced to the final with two-game sweeps against fifth-seeded Ferris State and top-seeded Bemidji State. Michigan Tech swept No. 7 seed Lake Superior State in the first round and won two of three over third seed Minnesota State last weekend. … The Huskies rank second in the WCHA in first-period goals with 41, but BG leads the league with four overtime goals. The other nine WCHA teams have just six overtime goals combined this season. … Michigan Tech has a balanced offense: While the Huskies do not have a single player among the WCHA’s top 13 scorers, they have six ranked between Nos. 14-30, led by junior Joel L’Esperance with 26 points. … Six of freshman Gavin Gould’s goals have come on the power play, tied for fourth-best in the WCHA. … Michigan Tech freshman goalie Angus Redmond ranks second in the league with a 1.78 goals-against average and is fourth with a save percentage of .919. … BG senior forward Matt Pohlkamp has at least one point in all four playoff games, having collected four goals and five assists. … Senior forward Kevin Dufour has five goals in the past three games, including a hat trick in the March 10 win at Bemidji State. … In BG’s seven-game win streak junior Tyler Spezia has at least one point in each game (three goals, five assists). … Goalie Chris Nell has been between the pipes in the Falcons’ past seven wins. He has a 2.15 GAA and a .916 save percentage this season.

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