Weekend Preview: Minnesota State

By October 19, 2017 Notebooks

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.

Wright Honored

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


Conference: WCHA
Overall Record: 2-1-0
BGSU All-Time vs. MSU: 4-9-3

Mike Hastings
Head Coach
(Overall Record)
Chris Bergeron
Season Record
Zeb Knutson

Daniel Brickley

C.J. Suess/Marc Michaelis
Cameron Wright

Alec Rauhauser

Max Johnson
Jason Pawloski
(1-1-0, 1.54 GAA, .941 SV%)

Connor LaCouvee
(1-0-0, 3.00, .914 SV%)
Eric Dop
(1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .964 SV%)

Ryan Bednard
(0-2-0, 2.52 GAA, .912 SV%)
3/9, 33%
Power Play
4/16, 25%
8/10, 80%
Penalty Kill
14/16, 88%
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.