Lukas Craggs’ pair of goals in the first period helped spark the Falcons’ offense en route to a 5-2 win over #12 Minnesota State. Connor Ford, Max Johnson, and Brett D’Andrea tallied the other goals for Bowling Green. Minnesota State’s goal scorers were Zeb Knutson and Nick Rivera.
Ryan Bednard was solid in-net for the Falcons, making 26 saves. Jason Pawloski had 24 saves in the losing effort.
They Said It
Bowling Green Head Coach Chris Bergeron and freshman forward Max Johnson met with the media following Saturday’s game. Here’s video from that press conference:
Minnesota State Head Coach Mike Hastings gave his comments following Saturday’s game as well (courtesy of MSU athletic department):
Youth Movement, cont.
Max Johnson, who is second on the team in scoring with five points (1-4-5), picked up his first career goal Saturday night. He was joined by fellow freshman Connor Ford, who scored the game winning goal with his second goal of the season.
Cam Wright’s assist on Ford’s goal pushed his scoring streak to five straight games with a point. Wright has three goals and three assists on the season, good enough to lead the team in points.
Justin Wells and Carson Musser’s assists on Craggs’ second goal was each player’s first collegiate assist and point.
Brett D’Andrea’s empty net goal at 18:50 of the third period was the first goal by a senior this season for the Falcons.
Penalty Box Parade
The Falcons’ struggles with penalties continued Saturday as they were penalized 10 times for 31 minutes, including a five minute major and game misconduct called on Lukas Craggs for checking from behind.Bowling Green leads the WCHA with 15.8 penalty minutes per game.
Minnesota State had eight chances with the man-advantage, but only managed one power play goal on eight shots. Bowling Green improved to 24-of-30 (80%) on the penalty kill this season.
The Falcons were 1-of-6 on the power play Saturday with five shots. They move to 5-of-28 (18%) on the season.
Around the WCHA
The league struggled Saturday in nonconference action. Ferris State fell 4-3 to Mercyhurst, Northern Michigan was shutout 4-0 by Wisconsin, Bemidji State lost 5-1 to Air Force, and Lake Superior was downed 5-1 by Denver. Alaska swept Alaska-Anchorage thanks to a 3-2 win Saturday, with that game not counting towards the WCHA standings.
In the weekend’s only other league play for conference points, Alabama-Huntsville picked up their first ever win over #15 Michigan Tech with a 4-2 victory.
The Road Ahead
The Falcons will continue WCHA play as they welcome the Alaska Nanooks to Bowling Green next weekend. Friday’s game will begin at 7:37 PM while Saturday’s contest starts at 7:07 PM. General admission tickets for Saturday’s game are just $1 until the day of the game.