Despite carrying the play for most of the game, the Falcons couldn’t solve Bronco goaltender Ben Blacker more than once. Bowling Green started their 2016-2017 season with a 3-1 loss to Western Michigan.
Special Teams Battle
The Falcons penalty killers had an impressive night Tuesday, going 7/7 with the man dis-advantage, allowing just five shots. The power play skaters were 1/5 with six shots on net.
The Kids Are Alright
Cameron Wright picked up his first career “gino” as he was able to force the puck home as Blacker tried to cover up the puck for a whistle. Wright cleaned up a shot from fellow freshman Max Johnson, who picked up his first collegiate point with the “apple.” Alec Rauhauser, a sophomore looking to build on an impressive freshman season, had the second assist on the play.
The freshman accounted for 10 of the Falcons’ 34 shots, with Cameron Wright accounting for five of those opportunities.
The Falcons were a highly penalized team a season ago and continued their edgy play Tuesday. The Falcons picked up eight penalties for 16 penalty minutes. Adam Smith led the team with a pair of penalties (both for tripping).
Bowling Green had a frustrating night with the goal posts Tuesday. The Falcon shooters hit iron three times, including a Stephen Baylis shot in the first period that would have given the Falcons an early 2-1 lead.
What Could Have Been
In the third period, the Falcons were forced to use their timeout with 6:27 remaining on the clock after a series of icing calls left their skaters exhausted. The time out would have come in handy as the Falcons attempted to tie the game up late with Bednard pulled.
The Falcons will welcome Michigan State Friday to the Slater Family Ice Arena at 7:37 PM to continue their non-conference slate.