Weekend Preview: Michigan State

By October 12, 2017Notebooks

The Falcons’ season continues this weekend as they face longtime foe Michigan State in a home-and-home series.

Tickets for Friday’s contest in Bowling Green are available here. Those interested in traveling to East Lansing can find tickets for Saturday’s game here.

Seen and Heard

Head Coach Chris Bergeron spoke to BGSUHockey.com after Tuesday’s game against Western Michigan. Here’s that interview:

Cameron Wright also spoke after Tuesday’s game:

Here’s Ryan Vallon and Coach Bergeron’s Falcon Hockey Weekly video feature.

Falcons in the Polls

Bowling Green was picked to finish fourth in the WCHA preseason poll by the coaches and media. While the Falcons received votes in the USCHO.com preseason poll, they failed to garner any in the first regular season poll.

Previewing Michigan State

The Falcons and Spartans have a long (and, at times, intense) history. The team teams have met 115 times, with Michigan State picking up 76 wins compared to Bowling Green’s 30 victories. The teams have tied ten times.The former CCHA brethren last met February 9, 2013 in East Lansing — a 3-1 loss for the Falcons.

Former Falcon head coach Ron Mason is a Michigan State alumnus. Mason accumulated a record of 160-63-6 while at Bowling Green, good enough for the best winning percentage amongst all Falcon hockey coaches. Mason left Bowling Green for his alma mater following the 1978-1979 season. He is a member of the MSU, BGSU, and United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

In a current Spartan/Falcon connection, Bowling Green strength and conditioning coach Kenny Goodrich is a Michigan State alumnus.

The Spartans were picked to finish seventh in the Big Ten. They’re coached by Danton Cole, who served as an assistant coach under Scott Paluch during the Falcons’ 2006-2007 season.

Michigan State downed Toronto 3-0 in an exhibition game last Saturday to open their season.

Looking Ahead

Bowling Green opens WCHA play next weekend as they welcome the Minnesota State Mavericks to the Slater Family Ice Arena.

Michigan State
October 13, 2017

Conference: Big Ten
Overall Record: 7-24-4 (’16-’17)
BGSU All-Time vs. MSU: 30-76-10

Danton Cole
Head Coach
(All-Time Record)
Chris Bergeron
Taro Hirose

Sam Saliba

Patrick Khodorenko
Mitch McLain

Tyler Spezia

Alec Rauhauser
Ed Minney
(5-14-3, 3.62 GAA, .883 SV%)
Ryan Bednard
(4-3-0, 2.70 GAA, .882 SV%)
24/154, 16%
Power Play
33/213, 16%
111/153, 73%
Penalty Kill
167/201, 83%
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.