Falcons 5, Broncos 4: Photoblog

I took in some out of town college hockey last night, paying a visit to the BGSU Ice Arena for the tilt between the BGSU Falcons and the Western Michigan Broncos.

The Ice Arena is a small building and fairly old (1967, according to a cornerstone). It’s pretty utilitarian in design, as most buildings of that era are. The building wasn’t full, but there was a good crowd. The student section was full and loud all night, and the team seems to get lots of support from the town as a whole. Basically it was good old smalltown Saturday night hockey. The atmosphere reminded me a fair bit of being at Appleton. So I was obviously smitten. I’ll need to make this trip again.

The game itself was a wild one — BGSU went up 2-0 after one period, completely dominated play in the second and added two more goals. It looked like game over, but despite dominating possession and SOG in the third, the Falcons gave up four unanswered goals, including the GTG with 10 seconds to go, before pulling it out in OT.

Certainly a fun game to watch in a fun atmosphere, even for a neutral (relatively-speaking — I do tend to cheer for all the Ohio-based teams in college hockey).

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BGSU Ice Arena

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Bowling Green is proud of their Olympians

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Pregame warmups

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Students ignore the WMU goalie

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Digging for the puck

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BGSU scores

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WMU player waiting to be freed from the box

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The goal is under review. They don’t have to call Toronto for that, do they?

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Tempers flare

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And keep flaring

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Trash-talking continues in the penalty box

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Changed seats for the second

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BGSU player shaken up by an awkward hit. He was okay, though.

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I don’t notice the nets much anymore in the NHL, but this black net was hard to miss.

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BGSU has two Falcon mascots, male and female. I assume this is some sort of Title IX compliance thing.

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Oh yeah, I moved again for the third, this time standing on the glass, Miami-style.

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BG defender skates the puck out of danger

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WMU scored on this slapshot

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Save, BG

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Chasing the puck

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WMU skater throws up snow

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BGSU protests, but the tying goal stands

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Fans get up-close and personal with OT action

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Banging along the boards

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All over but the handshakes and the two hour drive home

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4 responses to “Falcons 5, Broncos 4: Photoblog

  1. I always liked that barn. Back in BG’s heyday they had a love organist. And the brown line was a nice touch.

    Hated the team though!

  2. That would be live organist 🙂

  3. In the late 70’s and 80’s, it was a great place for a college hockey game. I played in their summer league for about four years and you skated along side some guys who ended up in the NHL. I truly wish the BGSU program gets going again.

  4. I remember looking at the CCHA standings in the Hockey News back in the 80s, and Miami, Ohio State, and Kent State (back in that brief interlude when they had a team) were always bringing up the rear. BGSU was the only team keeping the Ohio schools from battling for the basement cup.

    Now Miami’s #1 in the country and OSU and BGSU are battling for the basement.

    ‘Course, we won’t talk about St. Lawrence’s record so far this season. Cough…

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