Falcons net four straight goals to upend Beavers 4-2

By January 6, 2017Game Recaps

Bowling Green, OH – Bowling Green went down early Friday night, but managed to score four straight goals en route to a 4-2 win over Bemidji State.

Ryan Bednard started in net for the Falcons, making 17 saves on 19 shots faced. Tom Serratore stuck with his workhorse Michael Bitzer who stopped 21 shots of the 24 he faced.

First Period

Bemidji State picked up the game’s first goal at 10:41 of the opening period. Jordan Heller picked up a loose puck off a turnover at center ice. He skated down the right wing and found Kyle Bauman who was crashing down the slot. Bauman found the net for his eighth goal of the season.

The Beavers pushed their lead to 2-0 on the power play at 15:30 of the first period. Justin Baudry took a shot from the blue line that rebounded off the back boards to the front of the net. T.J. Roo squeezed the puck between the post and Ryan Bednard for the goal.

The Falcons were able to find the net at 19:09 of the first period. Sean Walker threaded a pass from the half boards to the slot, finding Lukas Craggs. The freshman forward beat Michael Bitzer five-hole with a wrist shot for his sixth goal of the season. Connor McDonald picked up the second assist on the scoring play.

The Falcons had four shots on net in the first period while the Beavers had seven opportunities.

Second Period

Mark Friedman picked up his sixth goal of the season, and the Falcons’ third goal of the game at 9:16 of the second period. Bowling Green won a face-off in the Bemidji State zone to begin a power play. Stephen Baylis cycled the puck to Brett D’Andrea, who then fed it to Mark Friedman at the point. Friedman flicked a wrist shot at net that beat Bitzer who was fighting a screen by Mitch McLain.

Brett D’Andrea gave the Falcons a 3-2 lead at 5:05 of the second period. Frederic Letourneau left the puck for D’Andrea in the face-off circle. D’Andrea went “bar-down” over Bitzer’s far shoulder for his sixth goal of the season.

Both teams had ten shots in the middle frame.

Third Period

Mitch McLain buried an empty net goal with just under fifteen seconds to play to seal a 4-2 win for Bowling Green.

The Falcons finished the third period with 11 shots on net, while the Beavers had two attempts.

With the win the Falcons improve to 11-12-2, 9-8-1-1. The Beavers fall to 15-8-3, 15-3-2-2. Bowling Green will travel to Mankato, MN to face the Minnesota State Mavericks.


Goals by Period
Shots by Period
1/4, 6
PPs, Shots
1/7, 4
Face-Off Wins

Full Box Score

Three Stars

  1. Brett D’Andrea (BGSU) – 1 G, 1 A
  2. Mark Friedman (BGSU) – GWG
  3. Mitch McLain (BGSU) – 1 G

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About Drew Evans

Drew is a co-founder and the editor for BGSUHockey.com. When he's not in the press box he makes (legal) drugs at a northwest Ohio compounding pharmacy. Drew is entering his eighth season covering Falcon hockey and has been a fan of the program since his time as a student beginning in 2003. He can be reached on Twitter @BGSUHockeySite and by e-mail at Drew@bgsuhockey.com.