Bowling Green, OH – A wild game Friday saw 24 penalties and nine goals. While it officially counts as a tie, Western Michigan beat the Falcons Friday 5-4 in double overtime.
Chris Nell started in net for the Falcons, stopping 17 of 22 shots faced. Ben Blacker started for Western Michigan, making just nine saves on 12 shots faced. Blacker was pulled in the second period for Trevor Gorsuch, who stopped 18 of the Falcons’ remaining 19 opportunities.
The Falcons didn’t wait long to break-in the new video board, scoring the game’s opening goal just 58 seconds into the opening period. Kevin Dufour wristed an initial shot that was saved by Blacker. Mitch McLain was on the doorstop, though, and roofed the puck for his second goal of the season.
Bowling Green picked up their second shorthanded goal of the season at 3:24 of the first period. Chris Nell made a great save moving post-to-post, with the puck coming to Sean Walker. The senior captain skated down the far boards, picked a spot, and wristed a hard shot past Blacker.
Wade Allison got the Broncos on the board at 18:37 of the first period. He took a pass from Michael Rebry before wristing a shot low, beating Nell.
The Falcons finished the first period with ten shots on Blacker, scoring on two of those opportunities. Western Michigan had seven shots, scoring on one of those chances.
Alec Rauhauser picked up his first collegiate goal at 5:48 of the second period. The power play marker was set up by good board play by Matt Pohlkamp and Stephen Baylis. Pohlkamp passed to Rauhauser in the deep slot who ripped a shot from the deep slot, beating Blacker. WMU head coach Andy Murray replaced Blacker with Trevor Gorsuch after this goal.
Western Michigan picked up their second goal at 14:37 of the second period. Sheldon Dries tipped a shot from the blue line while WMU had an extra attacker for a delayed penalty.
Bowling Green pushed their lead to 4-2 at 17:27 of the second period. Jakob Reichert got the puck to Sean Walker in the neutral zone. Walker passed to Brett D’Andrea before absorbing a thunderous check. D’Andrea skated in on Blacker and buried a wrist shot past Gorsuch, his first goal of the season.
The Falcons finished the second period with 12 shots and two goals on the Broncos. Western Michigan had nine shots, scoring on one of their attempts.
The Broncos pulled back to 4-3 at 10:18 of the third period. Dawson DiPietro stole the puck in the neutral zone and scored on a breakaway. Western Michigan then scored the tying goal just 36 seconds later as Wade Allison scored a wraparound marker.
The third period ended in a tie and the game went to an overtime. The Broncos finished with just three shots in the period, scoring on two of those chances. The Falcons had seven shots in the final frame.
The game went to a 2nd overtime with no team scoring in the first. Wade Allison netted a breakaway goal at 3:06 of the 2nd overtime to earn the 2nd overtime win. But, the game will officially be counted as a tie for Pairwise purposes.
The Falcons finished the overtime periods with two shots on net. The Broncos had three attempts.
With the tie the Falcons move to 0-2-1 on the season. The Broncos are now 2-0-1. The teams will complete their home-and-home series Saturday night at 7 PM in Kalamazoo.
- Wade Allison (WMU) – 3 G, GWG
- Sean Walker (BGSU) – 1 G, 1 A
- Trevor Gorsuch (WMU) – 17 saves
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