Quick Hits: Bulled Over

By October 21, 2017 Notebooks
Mitch McLain recovers from a check to play the puck. The senior forward is searching for his first goal of the season (Photo by Jessi Renner/BGSUHockey.com).

Rapid Recap

The Falcons struggled from start-to-finish Friday night against #12/14 Minnesota State. Parker Toumie scored a power play goal just five seconds into the Maverick’s first man-advantage chance. It would be a sign of things to come as Minnesota State reeled off three power play goals en route to a 4-1 win over Bowling Green.

Zeb Knutson, Connor Mackey, and C.J. Suess scored the rest of the Mavs goals, with Mackey’s goal being the lone even strength marker for Minnesota State (though it came four-on-four).

Cam Wright tallied the Falcons’ lone goal, continuing the hot start to his collegiate career. His goal at 3:24 of the second period was his third goal of the young season.

They Said It

Special Struggles

The Falcons special teams had an especially rough night Friday. The power play squads were 0-for-6, moving to 4-of-22 (18%) on the year. The power play managed just one shot on net across those six chances. The penalty kill stopped just 3-of-6 chances on the man-disadvantage, falling to 17-of-22 on the season (77%).

Bednard Heating Up?

Shane Bednard picked up the primary assist on the Falcons’ lone goal Friday. Max Johnson helped start the scoring play as he beat his defender along the boards in the corner. He found Bednard behind the net, who fed a perfect pass to Cam Wright in front of the cage.

Bednard has struggled to maintain consistency in his two-plus seasons at BG, but has a point in both games he’s appeared this season. He has one goal and 11 assists in 43 games played for the Falcons.

Led by Youth

Bowling Green continues to be paced by their young players. Cam Wright leads the team in both goals and total scoring with three goals and one assist. Max Johnson’s four assists leads the Falcons in that stat, along with his +3 rating.

Wright’s goal pushed his scoring streak to four-straight games.

Around the WCHA

The league had an excellent night in out-of-conference play Friday. Lake Superior pushed #1 Denver to a 3-3 overtime tie, while Northern Michigan downed #6 Wisconsin 5-4 thanks to an overtime goal in the final minute of extra time.

Bemidji State took game one of the “Serratore Series” with a 4-1 win over #20 Air Force, and Ferris State took down Mercyhurst 3-2.

In conference play, Michigan Tech held off an Alabama-Huntsville surge with a 5-4 win, and the Nanooks ran past the Seawolves 6-2 in the first game of the Governor’s Cup series.

Drew Evans

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.