The Falcons kept shot-to-shot with the Spartans through two periods Tuesday, but a Taro Hirose goal with 40 seconds to play in the game sealed the 3-2 win for Michigan State Saturday. The Falcons were badly outshot by a 16-5 rate in the final frame.
Brandon Kruse and Shane Bednard were the Falcons’ goal scorers, while Ryan Bednard stopped 32 of 35 shots faced.
They Said It
Head Coach Chris Bergeron spoke to the media following Friday’s game. Here are his comments:
A Night of Firsts, Part Two
Bednard and Kruse’s goals were the first of their collegiate careers. Cameron Wright’s secondary assist on the Falcons’ first goal was his first collegiate assist. Chris Pohlkamp and Joe McKeown’s assists on the Falcons’ second goal was the first assist of the season for those players as well.
Junior forward Stephen Baylis was a game-time scratch due to a lower-body injury. Bergeron indicated his injury was day-to-day. Sophomore forward Jacob Dalton exited the game in the second period with an upper-body injury and was seen walking around with his arm in a sling after the game. He’ll be evaluated once the team returns to Bowling Green.
Brandon Kruse’s goal was his third straight point in as many games. The freshman forward has a goal and two assists to begin the season. Alec Rauhauser’s assist on Kruse’s goal also gave him a three-game points streak.
Special Teams Battle
With the Falcons 1-for-4 night on the power play, they have notched a power play goal in three straight games. That pushes their rate to 4-for-16 (25%) thus far this season. Their penalty kill was 4-for-5 on the evening, pushing their season total to 14-of-16 (88%).
Around the League
Minnesota State completed the weekend sweep of #2 Boston University with an impressive 3-0 shutout of the Terriers. Bemidji State skated to a scoreless tie with #5 Minnesota-Duluth. The Alaskan teams had another rough night Saturday as Alaska-Anchorage was swept on the weekend series with a 3-2 loss Saturday, while the Nanooks fell in overtime to #6 St. Cloud State, 5-4.
In conference play, Northern Michigan completed the weekend sweep of Ferris State with a 1-0 shutout, while #15 Michigan Tech downed Lake Superior in a shootout.
The Falcons schedule doesn’t get any easier as they welcome the Mavericks of Minnesota State next weekend to the Slater Family Ice Arena to begin their WCHA conference schedule. Friday’s puck drop is scheduled for 7:37 PM.