East Lansing, MI – The Falcons gave themselves a chance to earn a win as they carried a 2-2 tie into the third period. But, the Spartans offensive attack was too much in the final frame to give Michigan State the 3-2 win.
Ryan Bednard started in net for the Falcons, making 32 saves on 35 attempts. John Lethemon started for the Spartans, stopping 22 shots on 24 opportunities faced.
The Spartans struck first at 13:34 of the first period. Zach Osburn’s shot from the point was blocked in front of the crease. Tommy Apap collected the loose puck, scoring on the rebound.
The Falcons responded at 15:01 on the power play. Alec Rauhauser fed the puck to Brandon Kruse who skated into the far face-off circle. His wrist shot deflected off a Spartans’ skate, beating Lethemon for his first collegiate goal. Cameron Wright had the second assist on the play.
The Falcons and Spartans finished the first period with ten shots apiece.
Bowling Green picked up their first lead of the game at 4:10 of the second period. Chris Pohlkamp dug the puck out of the corner, finding Shane Bednard on the crease. Bednard spun around, beating Lethemon with a wrist shot for his first collegiate goal. Joe McKeown had the secondary assist on the play.
The Spartans pushed the game back to a tied score with their second goal at 5:59 of the second period. Michigan State’s Patrick Khodorenko, skating on the power play, wristed a shot from the far goal line, beating Bednard.
Bowling Green and Michigan State again matched shots in the second period, with both teams picking up nine chances.
Taro Hirose gave the Spartans a timely goal with 40 seconds left in the game to give the Spartans the 3-2 win.
The Falcons struggled to produce an offense in the third period, allowing 16 shots while only producing five opportunities for themselves.
With the loss the Falcons fall to 1-2-0 on the season. The Spartans improve to 1-1-0.
Bowling Green will welcome WCHA rival Minnesota State to the Slater Family Ice Arena next Friday to kickoff in-conference play.
- Taro Hirose (MSU) – GWG, 1 A
- Patrick Khodorenko (MSU) – 1 G, 1 A
- John Lethemon (MSU) – 20 saves
Photos by Jessi Renner// BGSUhockey.com
Post Game Interview
Head Coach Chris Bergeron