MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Two goals in the final 20 minutes helped propel No. 13 Bowling Green past No. 19 Robert Morris 4-1 on Sunday evening at the 84 Lumber Arena.
The Falcons received goals from Kevin Dufour (10), Brandon Hawkins (7), Brent Tate (4) and Mark Friedman (2) in the winning effort. Bowling Green’s Tomas Sholl (3-1-0) earned the start in the cage, turning away 34 of 35 shots in the victory.
In a clash between two top-20 teams, the Falcons (12-3-3) improved to 4-2-2 in non-conference action by taking the second game of the home-and-home series against Robert Morris (12-4-4), wrapping up non-conference play for the 2014-15 season.
Robert Morris scored the game’s first goal just 1:38 into the opening frame, coming off the stick of Scott Jacklin when he beat Sholl off a redirection in front of the net for his eight goal of the season.
However, much like the rest of the season, Bowling Green’s resiliency showed, tying the tilt at the 7:24 mark in the first period. The play started with Friedman — who was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the third round of the 2014 NHL Draft — taking a Colonial turnover at the far point and sent a pass across the ice to freshman Nolan Valleau. Valleau took the puck and split several defenders, skating into the high slot before finding a waiting Dufour. Dufour — who opened the season with nine goals in the Falcons’ first eight games — went five-hole and found the back of the cage to tie the tilt at 1-1.
Bowling Green took the lead with a goal at the 7:06 mark coming at even strength. The play started with junior forward Ben Murphy forcing a turnover at the halfboards, who then split a pass through several RMU defenders and Hawkins’ one-timer found the back of the twine from the top of the circle for a 2-1 lead.
Sholl, who played in his first game since October 31 against Minnesota State, turned away all 14 Colonial shots in the period to keep RMU off the scoreboard.
“He made some huge saves at 1-1 and at 2-1,” Bowling Green coach Chris Bergeron said of Sholl. “They had some big-time chances and I thought Sholl was there. There was a couple really good opportunities that we gave up and Tomas was there to stop them when we did give them up.”
Tate scored at the 9:07 mark into the third period to give the Falcons a two-goal lead before Friedman’s second goal of his collegiate career put the game out of reach just 1:08 after the Falcons took a 3-1 lead. Tate’s fourth goal of the season came off a rebound fired from Valleau — his second assist on the night — near the high slot, and Friedman’s slap shot went through traffic in front to put the game out of reach.
Senior captain Dan DeSalvo tallied two assists on the night, giving him nine on the season and 91 career points.