Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Timely special teams play was the key to a Falcon victory Saturday night. Bowling Green downed Lake Superior 5-2.
Ryan Bednard started in net for the Falcons and made 28 saves on 30 shots faced. Gordon Defiel started again for the Lakers, making 25 saves on 29 shots faced.
The Falcons picked up the game’s first goal at 13:14. Connor McDonald shot a wrister onto Defiel from the right wing. Mitch McLain got in front of Defiel, knocking the puck down. McLain collected the loose puck and buried a wrist shot. The goal was McLain’s eighth of the season. Lukas Craggs had the second assist on the goal.
Bowling Green finished the first period with 11 shots on net, while Lake Superior had seven shots on net.
The Lakers scored their first goal at 3:24 of the second period. Brayden Gelsinger finished a three-on-one breakaway to tie the game at 1-1.
The Falcons picked up their second goal of the game at 5:37 of the second period while on the power play. Alec Rauhauser passed the puck across the blue line to Mark Friedman. Friedman found Mitch McLain set up right outside the crease, who scored a highlight-reel marker. The junior forward shot the puck backhanded, while facing away from the net, between his legs, beating Defiel through his five-hole. The goal was McLain’s second of the game.
Lake Superior scored their second goal of the game at 12:23 of the second period. Gage Torrel batted in a waist-high puck to score the equalizing marker for the Lakers.
The Falcons finished the second period with five shots on net while the Lakers had 14 opportunities.
The Falcons scored their third goal of the game at 5:44 of the third period while shorthanded. John Schilling stole the puck from Defiel who was playing the puck behind the net. He found Lukas Craggs in front of the net, burying the shot into the open net. The goal was Craggs fourth of the season.
Bowling Green extended the lead to 4-2 at 11:56 of the third period. Jacob Dalton found Kevin Dufour uncovered right outside the crease, and Dufour buried the puck for his fifth goal of the season.
The Falcons secured the win with a shorthanded empty net goal by Mitch McLain, a hat trick goal, for the 5-2 win.
Bowling Green finished the third period with 14 shots on net, while the Lkers had nine.
With the win the Falcons improve to 8-8-0, 7-4-1-1. The Lakers fall to 8-8-0, 5-7-0-0.
- Mitch McLain (BGSU) – 3 G
- Ryan Bednard (BGSU) – 26 saves
- Alec Rauhauser (BGSU) – 1 A
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Press Conference/Post Game Interviews
Head Coach Chris Bergeron
Junior Forward Mitch McLain
Freshman Goaltender Ryan Bednard