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FALCONS SKATE PAST BULLDOGS TO EARN SERIES SPLIT

Brendan Connolly
Brendan Connolly fires the puck toward the Bowling Green State goal in Saturday's CCHA matchup, which the Falcons would prevail by a 3-1 count.
Bowling Green State salvaged a weekend series split with the Ferris State as the Falcons scored a goal in each of the three periods en route to a 3-1 decision over the Bulldogs Saturday (Feb. 14) night in a Valentine's Day Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) matchup at Bowling Green, Ohio.

With the loss, Ferris State is now 12-13-7 overall this season and 9-10-5-2 in league action. The contest represented the Bulldogs' first appearance on Comcast Television (CTV) for the 2008-09 campaign.

In the opening period, Bowling Green jumped out ahead 1-0 at the 10:33 mark on a goal by James Perkin to account for the gameís only score until late in the second period. The Falcon skater picked up a pass from the other end of the neutral zone and skated into the Bulldog zone before uncontested before wristing one from just inside the left circle to the far corner of the FSU net.

Bowling Green would increase its margin to 2-0 in the second as Wade Finegan converted for the Falcons on a two-on-one break with 6:11 remaining in the frame. Finegan received the puck the slot off a centering pass from Todd McIlrath and his shot went top shelf above FSU freshman goaltender Taylor Nelsonís (Regina, Saskatchewan) glove. The Bulldogs would counter 23 seconds later to draw within 2-1 as junior center Aaron Lewicki (Livonia) netted his team-leading 10th goal of the season. Senior right wing Corey Couturier (Traverse City) intercepted a clearing pass from BGSU netminder Jimmy Spratt along the near boards and fed a pass to Lewicki, who was able to collect the puck off his skate above the crease and wrap the puck around Spratt for the Ferris State score.

Corey Couturier
Senior Corey Couturier picked up his 16th point of this season with an assist on the Bulldogs' lone goal.
The Falcons would get the goal back in the third period as Tommy Dee put a shot on Nelson from the left side of the blueline which went through the Bulldog goaltenderís five hole to give BGSU a two-goal cushion with 14:08 left in the contest.

For the game, Ferris State recorded 27 shots on goal to Bowling Greenís 22 shots total. Taylor Nelsonís took the loss for the Bulldogs with 19 saves as his record drops to 5-5-4 this campaign. Jimmy Spratt earned the win for Bowling Green by turning aside 26 shots on net.



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