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      Underclassmen leading the way for BGSU hockey

      It's a little bit of history repeating in Bowling Green.

      Just like they did in last year's CCHA playoffs, The Falcons, entering as a number 11 seed, knocked off Norhern Michigan after trailing their best-of-three series 1-0.

      The big difference from last year? Most of the players scoring goals for BG, weren't even on the team a year ago. In fact, every goal in the series was scored by either a freshman or sophomore.

      If you've followed the Falcons' season, this has been pretty much the norm.

      "We've had 14 or 15 freshmen or sophomore combinations in the lineup for the whole year so that's the way it's been. We're used to it by now," said head coach Chris Bergeron. "We're a work in progress and I think that this past weekend showed that if we do things the right way we can have good results."

      Playing in their first college postseason, the freshman say nerves have not ben a factor.

      "I know the coaching staff has a lot of focus and trust in us and it's a big confidence piece to our game," said Dan DeSalvo, who had five goals in the opening round.

      "We're young but we're not really that young. We've been pretty experienced, there's no excuses now [that] it comes [to] postseason...there's no freshman excuse," said Ryan Carpenter, who leads the team this season in points.

      Next up is #1 Ferris State. BG is 0-4-0 against the top seed this season.

      Do you think this freshmen group can help the Falcons hockey team return to their glory of the 1980s?