Notebook: Falcons to play Western Michigan at Huntington Center in Toledo

By September 9, 2015Notebooks, Other News

Bowling Green is moving its Dec. 30 home game against Western Michigan to the Huntington Center in Toledo, the school announced Tuesday.

The game is part of a doubleheader with the East Coast Hockey League’s Toledo Walleye, who will host Elmira that day.

The Falcons play Western in a nonleague game at 5 p.m., followed by the Walleye game at 8.

The game at the Huntington Center is the back end of a home-and-home series between the teams that starts Oct. 13 in Kalamazoo, Mich.

“We are excited to showcase a game in this venue with one of our traditional rivals in Western Michigan,” Falcon coach Chris Bergeron said in a press release.

One ticket is good for both games that day. BG season-ticket holders will receive a ticket for the doubleheader as part of their season-ticket package.

Tickets for the game go on sale Sept. 21.

Fans can purchase tickets online at, by phone at 877-BGSUTICKET or by visiting the Stroh Center ticket office. Fans also can purchase online through

NEW FACE: Dan Mayes has been named BG’s volunteer assistant coach.

He was the head coach of the Little Caesars Bantam Major team from 2013-15.

Mayes also was an associate coach for Monroe (Mich.) St. Mary’s Catholic Central from 2003-10 and was an associate coach for the Honeybaked Midget Major/Minor organization from 2010-13. The major team was third nationally in 2013.

Mayes played club hockey at Eastern Michigan, earning a bachelor’s degree in criminology.

He played junior hockey for the Toledo Cherokees from 2000-03.

FUTURE FALCON I: Evan Dougherty, a right wing for the Michigan Nationals U16 team last season, has verbally committed to play for the Falcons.

Dougherty, who turned 16 in April, probably is at least three seasons from joining BG. reported Dougherty would join the Falcons for the 2018-19 season.

He is 6-foot, 165 pounds.

Dougherty is playing this season for Fox Motors, which took over sponsorship of the Michigan Nationals.

Under NCAA rules, Bergeron can’t comment on recruits until they’ve signed their national letter of intent.

FUTURE FALCON II: Max Johnson, a center for Lakeville North (Minn.) High School, has verbally committed to the Falcons.

@hockeycommits reported Johnson would join the Falcons for the 2017-18 season. Most BG recruits play at least one and sometimes two seasons of junior hockey before joining the Falcons.

Johnson (5-10, 194) played for Lakeville North last season, totaling 14 goals, 23 assists and 49 penalty minutes in 24 games. He also had one assist in one game for Sioux Falls in the United States (Junior) Hockey League.

Johnson turns 18 in May.

HALL OF FAME: Former Falcon Dan Bylsma has been selected for induction into the BGSU Athletics Hall of Fame.

Bylsma was a solid-way two forward for the Falcons 1998-92 before going on to play and coach in the NHL.

He coached the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Stanley Cup championship in 2009, and is preparing for his first season as the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres.

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