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Saturday, March 10, 2012

BGSU Falcons

Its been a long time coming.  These Falcons have been developing since the kick off The Bring Back the Glory campaign.  The restoration and re-elevation of the BGSU hockey program to National prominence. 
They are the last place team of the CCHA.  Playing hard all season, developing the skills and bonds to become successful.  The Rink has numerous renovations to elevate that storied barn, back to a top facility.  Which when full, with 5000 fans and with the low metal ceiling is second to none as far home ice advantage is concerned.
The Falcons are now finding themselves in quite the interesting position.  Repeating last seasons CCHA first round victory over Northern Mi last weekend.  The team made their way to Big Rapids, to face the #2 Nationally ranked Ferris State Bulldogs.  The Falcons won last night.  They played with that "Never give up, never surrender" mentality that the great teams in Falcon history all posesed.  Youngmen, like Ryan Carpenter skating with confidence.  Bryce Williamson, who played for former Falcon legend Greg Parks and the St. Albert Steel of the AJHL, setting records.  Found his stride and is skating with vengeance.  Andrew Hammond playing possessed in the net nearly cracking the single game save record. 
The interesting position here is that the Falcons have found themselves one win away from returning the Joe.  The CCHA championships.  A place BGSU has not been in to long a time.  I think its appropriate here to quote Herb Brooks.  You see what he said about his Olympic team was that it is not about the best players.  It is about the right players.  Its also about the right coaches.  There are no former NTDP players on BGSU's roster.  Some exceptional players, all of whom wanted to be Falcons.  Thats the key.  These players and these coaches wanted to be Falcons.  Thats the foundation of bringing back the glory.  Wanting to win for yourself, your team, your school, the alumni.  Writing your own history.  Not being drowned by that of those who came before you, but eclipsing them at every turn.
Good Luck Falcons.