Kalamazoo, MI – The Falcons were never able to recover Saturday after giving up four goals in the first period, falling to Western Michigan Saturday at Lawson Arena.
Ryan Bednard started his first collegiate game for Bowling Green in net, stopping five of nine Western Michigan attempts he faced. He was pulled in the second period, finishing the night with 20:58 of ice time. Tomas Sholl replaced him, and had 12 saves on 16 shots faced.
Trevor Gorsuch started in net for Western Michigan, making 18 saves on 20 shots faced.
The Broncos struck first at 4:19 of the first period. Scott Moldenhauer fired a shot from the blue line, beating Bednard low. The goal came on the power play for Western Michigan.
The Falcons scored their first goal at 15:45 of the first period while on a two-man advantage. Sean Walker took a cross-ice pass from Kevin Dufour and one-timed a slap shot past Gorsuch. Brett D’Andrea picked up the secondary assist on the goal.
The Broncos retook the lead, however, less than a minute later. Matheson Iacopelli took a loose puck at center ice and scored a breakaway goal on Bednard. Western Michigan tacked on their third goal at 18:13 of the first period. With a mass of skaters in front of Bednard, Chris Dienes managed to poke the puck past the goal line.
The Broncos had eight shots in the first period, scoring on three of their chances. The Falcons had five opportunities, scoring on one of those shots.
Matheson Iacopelli scored the Broncos’ fourth goal just 58 seconds into the second period. Iacopelli spun around, beating Bednard from deep in the slot. Ryan Bednard was pulled for Tomas Sholl after the goal.
Western Michigan extended their lead to 5-1 on the power play when Griffen Molino skated in on Sholl, roofing a shot over Sholl’s right shoulder.
The Falcons finished the second period with just three shots on Gorsuch. The Broncos had six opportunities, scoring on two of their shots.
Matheson Iacopelli picked up a hat trick at 5:58 of the third period. He scored on a one-timer from the point on a five-on-three power play. Western Michigan then pushed it to a 7-1 lead at 6:30 as Jade McMullen added another power play marker.
WMU scored their final goal with less than a minute to play on the power play, but Mark Friedman added a marker a few seconds later to make the score 8-2.
With the loss, the Falcons fall to 0-3-1 on the season. Western Michigan improves to 3-0-1..
- Matheson Iacopelli (WMU) – 3 G
- Scott Moldenhauer (WMU) – 1 G, 2 A
- Cam Lee (WMU) – 3 A
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