The Falcons will open their WCHA slate of games this weekend with a stiff test. The #12/14 Minnesota State Mavericks come to BG after sweeping then #2 Boston University last weekend at Agganis Arena.
Friday’s game is at 7:37 PM while Saturday’s contest, a “Pink in the Rink” game to raise breast cancer awareness, will begin at 7:07 PM. Tickets are available here.
They Said It
Head Coach Chris Bergeron met with Ryan Vallon for the latest iteration of Falcon Hockey Weekly:
Grizz’ Going D1?
It was announced earlier this week that Oakland University, located 30 miles north of Detroit in Rochester, Michigan, has applied for the NHL’s grant to fund feasibility studies for NCAA programs to explore adding NCAA Division One hockey.
Oakland is the second university to apply for the loan after the University of Illinois kicked off the program back in June.
WCHA in the Polls
The Mavs upset of Boston University earned it #14 in this week’s USCHO poll. Michigan Tech came in one spot below at #15 after a win and tie against Lake Superior. Bemidji State was the only other WCHA team to receive votes.
In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, Minnesota State came in at #12. Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan picked-up votes in that poll.
Sexton and the Stars and Stripes
Former Falcon Dan Sexton (2007-2009) will suit up for Team USA in the Deutschland Cup November 10-12. Sexton has been playing for the Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik of the KHL for the past five seasons.
Falcon forward Cam Wright was named the WCHA Rookie of the Week for his performances last week. Wright had goals against Western Michigan And Michigan State, as well as an assist in Saturday’s game against the Spartans.
Alec Rauhauser and Eric Dop received honorable mentions for Defenseman and Goaltender of the Week, respectively.
Previewing the Mavericks
Minnesota State was picked to finish first in both the coaches and media WCHA preseason polls. They’re led by junior defenseman Daniel Brickley, who was named the league’s preseason player of the year in both polls.
Bowling Green is just 4-9-3 against Minnesota State all-time, though they split in Mankato last year.
Jason Pawloski has started in net twice for MSU, picking up a shutout Saturday against the Terriers.
Around the League
This weekend marks the first week of each WCHA team being in action. Alabama-Huntsville travels to Michigan Tech, Ferris State players Mercyhurst, Bemidji State welcomes Air Force, Wisconsin plays Northern Michigan at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Lake Superior heads west to Denver, and the Nanooks will face the Seawolves in the first two games of the Alaska Governor’s Cup.
#12/14 Minnesota State
October 20, 2017
Overall Record: 2-1-0
BGSU All-Time vs. MSU: 4-9-3
C.J. Suess/Marc Michaelis
(1-1-0, 1.54 GAA, .941 SV%)
(1-0-0, 3.00, .914 SV%)
(1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .964 SV%)
(0-2-0, 2.52 GAA, .912 SV%)