Bowling Green, OH – After Tuesday’s game where the Falcons struggled to find the net, Bowling Green’s offense gave a large crowd of 3,211 at the Slater Family Ice Arena a happy start to their Homecoming with a 4-1 win over Michigan State.
Eric Dop started in net for the Falcons, his first collegiate start. He had 27 saves on 28 shots faced. Ed Minney started in net for the Spartans making just seven saves on 10 attempts before being pulled at 9:55 of the first period. He was replaced with John Lethemon who had 17 saves on 18 opportunities.
The Falcons got on the board first at 8:14 of the first period. Stephen Baylis followed up an Alec Rauhauser shot, stuffing home a rebound for his first goal of the season. The goal came on the power play with Brandon Kruse picking up the second assist. It was Kruse’s first collegiate point.
Bowling Green found the net again just a few moments later. Stephen Baylis dug the puck out of the corner, finding Frederic Letourneau just outside the face-off circle in the slot. Letourneau’s shot beat Minney five-hole for Letourneau’s first goal of the season. Max Johnson had the second assist on the play, picking up his first collegiate point.
Cameron Wright attempted a wraparound shot that was originally stopped. But, Wright’s second attempt squeezed past Minney’s pads for Wright’s second goal of the season. Max Johnson and Sam Craggs received the assists on the play; Craggs’ first collegiate point. The Falcons’ third goal would be Minney’s undoing, as he was pulled for sophomore John Lethemon.
The Falcons finished the first period with 12 shots on net, while the Spartans had eight attempts.
The Spartans picked up their first goal at 3:58 of the second period. Taro Hirsoe skated in from the left point, taking a wrist shot high. Dop caught a piece of the shot, but it still trickled behind him for the goal. Cody Milan assisted on the play.
Bowling Green ended the period with eight shots on net while Michigan State had 12 chances.
The Falcons pushed their lead to 4-1 and sealed the win at 8:44 of the third period on the power play. After Zach Osburn was penalized for a five-minute major the Falcons went on an extended power play. Jacob Dalton passed the puck across the point to Mitch McLain. The senior captain wristed a shot on-net with Connor Ford planted in front of the net. Ford redirected the puck past Lethemon for his first collegiate goal.
The Falcons and Spartans finished the third period with eight shots on net in the final frame.
With the win, Bowling Green improves to 1-1-0 on the season. Michigan State falls to 0-1-0. The teams will conclude their home-and-home series Saturday at 7:05 PM in East Lansing, Michigan.
- Stephen Baylis (BGSU) – 1 G, 1 A
- Eric Dop (BGSU) – 27 saves
- Max Johnson (BGSU) – 2 A
Photos by Jessi Renner// BGSUhockey.com