The Bowling Green State University ice hockey team lost to the 16th-ranked Union College on Saturday night (Oct.12), dropping a 5-2 decision to the Dutchmen in the second game of the road series. Playing in front of 2,198 Dutchmen fans at Messa Rink in Schenectady, N.Y., the Falcons (0-1-1) saw freshman Matt Pohlkamp and sophomore forward Mark Cooper score goals, while freshman goaltender Tomas Sholl stopped 24-of-29 shots in his first collegiate start.
The Orange and Brown went 1-for-5 on the power play and 6-for-10 on the penalty kill, while Union (1-0-1) outshot the Falcons by seven. Freshman Sean Walker added an assist on Cooper's goal, giving him two consecutive games with an assist to start the season.
The Dutchmen again was able to light the lamp first, scoring 1:24 into the first period. Shayne Gostisbehere, who was a third round draft pick for the Philadelphia Flyers in 2012, sent the puck across the slot and found a waiting Daniel Ciampini for the one-timer, giving Union an early 1-0 lead.
However, Bowling Green showed the same resiliency from last night, coming back with a goal of their own. The Orange and Brown entered their attacking zone and fired a shot into a scrum near the net. The puck trickled away and across the front of the crease.
Freshman Matt Pohlkamp found himself in the right place at the right time, collecting the free puck and fired it past the Dutchmen's netminder, giving Pohlkamp his first collegiate point. The even-strength goal at the 7:48 mark in the first frame tied the game at 1-1.
Union kept the pressure on the Falcons, scoring back-to-back power-play goals in the second frame, extending their lead to 3-1 in the period. Senior Daniel Carr and sophomore Nick Cruice scored the goals for the Dutchmen.
After the Dutchmen scored two more goals early in the third period, Bowling Green was able to score their second goal of the evening with 9:32 remaining in the game. After two Union penalties, the Orange and Brown took control of a 5-on-3 man advantage.
The Falcons worked the puck around the blue line before Walker sent the puck towards the crease. The Union goaltender made the initial save, but could not hold onto the puck. Cooper found the rebound and fired the puck into the back of the net, cutting the lead to 5-2.
The Orange and Brown will return home for three games next week at the BGSU Ice Arena. The Falcons will play host to non-conference foe Ohio State University on Tuesday (Oct. 15); beginning at 7:07 p.m. Bowling Green will then host Colgate University next weekend (Oct. 18-19) as both games are slated to begin at 7:07 p.m.