Balanced attack propels Bowling Green to 4-2 victory against No. 5 Notre Dame
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Andrew Hammond stopped 20 of 22 shots as Bowling Green defeated No. 5 Notre Dame 4-2 on Tuesday night at the BGSU Ice Arena. Ryan Peltoma, Dan DeSalvo, Ryan Carpenter and Bryce Williamson scored for the Falcons.
The Falcons were held scoreless on the power play in the game, going 0-for-6 with the man advantage. Notre Dame did manage to cash in on the power play, going 1-for-4.
The Fighting Irish scored the first goal, coming off the stick of Brian Rust with 3:16 left in the opening period. Rust’s tip on a shot from T.J. Tynan marked his sixth goal of the season.
With a little less than seven minutes remaining in the second period, the Falcons answered back. Rusty Hafner collected the puck in the Falcons’ end before feeding Carpenter flying through the neutral zone. Carpenter skated into the Notre Dame end, drawing the Fighting Irish defense near the far hash mark. Carpenter stopped and sent a pass back across the zone, finding Peltoma for a one-timer just inside the blue line. His shot flew past Notre Dame goalie Mike Johnson, giving Peltoma his first goal of the season.
Bowling Green followed up with a second goal in the frame, coming just 1:20 later at the 14:23 mark. Ben Murphy and Adam Berkle battled for the puck at the bottom of the Notre Dame zone, taking possession at the left of the Irish net. Murphy took a check on the play, dropping him to the ice. From his knees, Murphy fired a pass to the middle of the zone, finding DeSalvo for a one-time shot in the slot.
The Falcons continued to pour on the offense in the third period, scoring a third consecutive goal at 12:19. Bowling Green rushed into the Notre Dame zone, with the puck eventually finding its way to Carpenter at the top of the circle. Carpenter fired a shot on the Fighting Irish cage, surprising Johnson on the play. Johnson made the initial save, kicking a huge rebound back toward the slot. Carpenter swooped in and fired the puck back at Johnson, beating him for his team-leading eighth goal of the season.
With a little less than three minutes remaining in the game, Notre Dame worked the puck around Bowling Green’s zone on the power play, eventually finding Tynan at the top of the near circle for a slap shot. Tynan’s shot beat Hammond (5-7-3), cutting the Bowling Green lead to 3-2.
Just 35 seconds later, the Irish coughed up the puck at center ice, giving Williamson room to enter the Irish zone. Williamson darted toward the Notre Dame cage, beating Johnson for his seventh goal of the season.
Bowling Green’s third win in a row pushed the Falcons’ overall record to 7-10-5, with a record of 4-7-3-1 in the CCHA. Hammond improved to 5-7-3. Notre Dame’s record dropped to 15-7-0 overall, and 11-3-0 in the conference.