The Falcons welcomed the United States National Team Development Program to the BGSU Ice Arena in an exhibition match up.
Bowling Green was keeping the pace with the talented Under 18 team for the first five minutes of the game but it was Louie Belpedio whose shot from the point beat Tomas Sholl to give the US an early 1-0 lead. It would be about ten minutes later when Brandon Fortunato’s shot would be tipped in front by Alex Tuch, the 6-3′, 215 pounder, to extend the lead 2-0. But the USNTDP wasn’t done there; Tomas Sholl has a hard time controlling a loose puck in front of him and it is banked home by Anders Bjork, the Notre Dame commit. The period would come to an end and the Falcons needed to make some changes.
That change starting with the goaltender, Tommy Burke entering the game in relief of Sholl. Three minutes into the second, Bryce Williamson would finally find the back of the net, cutting the US lead to 3-1. The USNTDP had no problem responding as Dylan Larkin made it look easy, firing a shot from the near circle past Tommy Burke to open the game up, 4-1. Before the period would end, Shane Gersich would make it 5-1. After the period, we spoke to Mike Sullivan on how the defense had to adjust to keep up with the face paced USNDPT:
The third period would not be kind to the Falcons as well. Bowling Green was unable to create any real scoring chances. The US would add another goal late in the third as Ryan Wagner beat Tommy Burke over his right shoulder to make it 6-1, which would be the final score.
BG held the USNDTP to 0/6 on the power play.
Mark Cooper being scratched was a coaches decision. Coach Bergeron did not address it further.
Cam Wojtala left the game with a lower body injury, will be reevaluated. Coach Bergeron feels he will be okay.
The Falcons will head to Northern Michigan on Wednesday night to face the Wildcats on Friday night and Saturday night and will focus on getting back to their winning ways.