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