Weekend Preview: U.S.N.T.D.P

By October 5, 2017Notebooks

Bowling Green concludes their exhibition slate this Friday as they welcome the United States National Team Development Program Under 18s. The Falcons picked up a win last Sunday as they downed the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks 3-1.

Tickets for Friday’s game are $5.

Seen and Heard

Head Coach Chris Bergeron spoke to the media following the Falcons’ game on Sunday:

Senior captain Mitch McLain was next to take the hot seat:

Chris Bergeron met with Ryan Vallon for Falcon Hockey Weekly.

Falcons in the Polls

Bowling Green was picked to finish fourth by both the coaches and media in the WCHA preseason polls. The Falcons also received votes in the USCHO.com preseason poll.

Carp and Sharks

Former Falcon forward Ryan Carpenter made the San Jose Sharks opening night roster for the 2017-2018 season. This is Carpenter’s first time starting a season with the NHL club. He joins Kevin Bieksa (Anaheim Ducks) as Bowling Green’s representatives on NHL opening night rosters.

Previewing the U.S.N.T.D.P.

The Under 18 roster features NCAA commitments for all but two players. Oliver Wahlstrom leads the team in scoring this season with five goals and three assists in just five games played. Drew DeRidder has played the most minutes in net, compiling a 2.93 GAA and .899 SV%.

The Falcons last faced the U.S.N.T.D.P. in 2014, a 6-1 loss at the BGSU Ice Arena. Who were some of the players to take the ice for the US Team that night? Jack Eichel, Auston Matthews, and Dylan Larkin (amongst others).

Looking Ahead

The Falcons’ 2017-2018 season officially begins next Tuesday as they travel to Kalamazoo, Michigan to face MAC brethren Western Michigan.

U.S. NTDP (Exhib.)
October 6, 2017

Conference: USHL
Overall Record: 23-34-2 (’16-’17)
BGSU All-Time vs. USNTDP: 1-2-0

U.S. N.T.D.P.
Seth Appert
Head Coach
Chris Bergeron
Season Record
Oliver Wahlstrom

Bode Wilde

Adam Samuelsson

2 others with 6
Top Scorers
Mitch McLain

Tyler Spezia

Alec Rauhauser
Drew DeRidder
(2-1-0, 2.93 GAA, .899 SV%)
Top Goaltender
Ryan Bednard
(4-3-0, 2.70 GAA, .882 SV%)¹
4/24, 16%
Power Play
33/213, 16%¹
2/29, 96%
Penalty Kill
167/201, 83%¹

¹2016-2017 season

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.