Quick Hits: Falcons Upend Nanooks

By October 28, 2017 Notebooks
The Falcons celebrate after Mitch McLain's second period goal Friday tied the game at 1-1 (Photo by Todd Pavlack/BGSUHockey.com).

Rapid Recap

Alaska opened the scoring at 7:15 of the first period thanks to a Troy Van Tetering deflection goal. It would be Dop’s only blemish of the night.

Mitch McLain added a deflection goal of his own at 11:06 of the second period, tipping a shot from Carson Musser. The Falcons took a 2-1 lead 55 seconds into the third period thanks to an Alec Rauhauser marker. Strong play by freshman goaltender Eric Dop down the stretch earned the Falcons a 2-1 win.

They Said It

Falcon Head Coach Chris Bergeron and freshman goaltender Eric Dop met with the media during the post game press conference:

A Couple More Firsts

Mitch McLain and Alec Rauhauser picked up their first goals of the season Friday. McLain is coming off a season where he scored 17 goals, while Rauhauser had five a season ago.

Rauhauser’s five points (1-4-5) places him second on the team behind freshman forward Cam Wright (3-3-6).

Rain Drop, Dop Stops

Freshmen netminder Eric Dop continued his strong play on the season Friday. Dop stopped 25 shots including 14 chances in the third period. His 2.00 overall GAA is good enough for third in the WCHA, while his .932 save percentage overall slots him in at second in the conference.

Falcons Hurt in Flight

Bowling Green is fighting an early season injury bug. Jacob Dalton remains out with a shoulder injury. He joins Tyler Spezia and Chris Pohlkamp who were scratched from Friday’s game. Dalton’s injury was described as “week-to-week” eligibility. Spezia and Pohlkamp’s statuses were explained as being more long-term, at least a month.

Around the League

#12 Minnesota State downed #16 Michigan Tech 3-1 while Ferris State and Bemidji State skated to a 2-2 tie (BSU took the extra point in the shootout).

In nonconference action the league struggled Friday. Alabama-Huntsville was throttled 5-1 by Cornell and Michigan State beat Lake Superior 4-3.

Looking Ahead

The Falcons and Nanooks will conclude their weekend series Saturday at 7:07 PM. They enter Saturday’s game with a chance to jump to first place in the WCHA with a win and Michigan Tech loss.

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.