Bowling Green, OH – After being badly outplayed the night prior, the Falcons gained a modicum of redemption Saturday with a 5-2 win over the 12th-ranked Minnesota State Mavericks.
Ryan Bednard started in net for the Falcons, making 26 saves on 28 shots faced. Jason Pawloski had 24 saves on 28 Falcon chances.
Lukas Craggs picked up the Falcons’ first goal at 12:30 of the opening period. The Mavericks had just finished a successful kill of a penalty, but Craggs forced a turnover, then wristed a shot that beat Pawloski high on his blocker side. The unassisted goal was Craggs’ first of the season.
Just 20 seconds later Craggs and the Falcons struck again. Carson Musser fed the puck across the point to Justin Wells, whose shot from the blue line was deflected by Craggs in front of the net, beating Pawloski for Craggs’ second goal of the game.
The Falcons finished the first period with six shots on net, while the Mavericks had eight chances.
Bowling Green picked up their third goal of the game at 7:46 of the second period. The Falcons had just killed off a five-minute major and game misconduct penalty after Lukas Craggs was called for checking from behind. Brandon Kruse passed the puck to Cam Wright, who had served the penalty for the Falcons. Wright left a drop pass just inside the blue line to Connor Ford, who skated-in and buried a wrist shot for his second goal of the season.
The Falcons scored their fourth goal at 13:57 of the second period with a power play marker. Cam Wright passed the puck to Alec Rauhauser, who fired a shot from the point. His shot was re-directed by Max Johnson, past Pawloski for his first collegiate goal.
The Mavericks struck back at 16:00 of the second period as Zeb Knutson collected a loose puck thanks to a scrum in front of the net, sending a wrist shot past Bednard. Just 53 seconds later Minnesota State scored their second goal when Nick Rivera sent a shot past Bednard after it was blocked in the slot.
Bowling Green finished the second period with 13 shots on net while Minnesota State had 10.
With 2:59 to play in the game the Mavericks pulled Pawloski for an extra attacker. But, Brett D’Andrea scored a 180-foot empty net goal to seal the Falcons’ 5-2 win.
The Falcons finished the third period with 11 shots on net while the Mavericks had 10 opportunities.
With the win the Falcons improve to 2-3-0, 1-1-0-0 on the season. The Mavericks fall to 3-2-0, 1-1-0-0. The Falcons will welcome the Alaska Nanooks to Bowling Green next weekend to continue their WCHA slate.
- Lukas Craggs (BGSU) – 2 G
- Nicolas Rivera (MSU) – 1 G, 1 A
- Ryan Bednard (BGSU) – 26 saves
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