Bowling Green, OH – While it’s a small sample size, it seems like the Falcons have righted the ship after a rough start to their season. They handled Ferris State mightily Friday in a 4-1 win.
Chris Nell started in net for Bowling Green, making 14 saves on 15 shots faced. Darren Smith got the start for the Bulldogs and made 30 saves on 34 Bowling Green shots.
The Falcons got on the board first at 4:51 of the first period. Sean Walker fed the puck across the point to Alec Rauhauser. The freshman defenseman fired a shot that was re-directed by Tyler Spezia, beating Darren Smith. The goal was Spezia’s first of the season.
Bowling Green added their second goal at 6:37 of the first period. Matt Pohlkamp had the luxury of a wide-open net after shots by Mitch McLain and Brett D’Andrea. The goal was Pohlkamp’s fourth of the season.
Ferris State got on the board at 12:50 of the opening period. With assists by Jason Tackett and Taylor Fernandez, Dominic Lutz wristed a shot over Nell’s shoulder on the power play.
The Falcons pushed their lead to 3-1 thanks to a highlight reel goal by Alec Rauhauser. After taking a pass from Tyler Spezia, Rauhauser skated across the crease, waiting for Smith to commit, then backhanded a shot past the sprawled Smith. The goal was Rauhauser’s second of the season.
The Falcons finished the first period with eight shots, while the Bulldogs had four.
Bowling Green added to their lead at 17:45 on the power play. Alec Rauhauser chipped the puck to Matt Pohlkamp, who backhanded a pass across the crease to a waiting Mitch McLain. The junior forward powered the puck under Smith’s pads for his third goal of the season.
Bowling Green finished the second period with 13 shots while Ferris State had five opportunities.
Neither team was able to find the net in the third period, and the Falcons cemented the 4-1 win. The Falcons finished the period with 12 shots to the Bulldogs six.
With the win Bowling Green improves to 2-6-1, 1-2-0-0 on the season. The Bulldogs fall to 1-8-1, 1-5-1-1. The teams will conclude their series Saturday at 7:07 at the Ice Arena.
- Alec Rauhauser (BGSU) – 1 G, 2 A
- Tyler Spezia (BGSU) – 1 G, 1 A
- Chris Nell (BGSU) – 14 saves
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