Bowling Green, OH – There were two takeaways from Friday’s game against Lake Superior: the Falcons needed to put away games in the third period and get more offense from their upperclassmen. Bowling Green proved to be quick studies in a 5-2 win over Lake Superior Saturday night.
Ryan Bednard started in net for the Falcons and made 29 saves on 31 shots faced. Mareks Mitens played in net for the Lakers and had 30 stops on 34 Falcon opportunities.
Stephen Baylis opened the game’s scoring at 3:48 of the first period. The Falcons were killing a penalty for boarding called on Sam Craggs when Baylis took a pass from Matt Meier. The junior forward moved the puck down the length of the ice, skated around a backchecking Laker, and shot a backhand chance through Mitens’ five-hole for the Falcons’ first shorthanded goal of the season. Ryan Bednard was given the second assist on the goal, his first collegiate assist and point.
Diego Cuglietta gave the Lakers their first goal of the game at 18:28 of the first period. Cuglietta took the puck to the net from the near corner and backhanded a chance past Bednard.
The Lakers finished the first period with ten shots on net while the Falcons had seven chances in the opening period.
The Falcons scored another shorthanded goal at 9:19 of the second period to take a 2-1 lead. Connor McDonald forced a turnover in the Falcons’ zone and pushed the puck ahead to John Schilling. The senior forward started a two-on-one breakout with Mitch McLain on his left wing. Schilling’s lead pass was corraled by McLain who sent a backhand chance past Mitens. It was McLain’s third goal of the season.
Bowling Green extended their lead to 3-1 at 18:48 of the second period. John Schilling forced a turnover behind the Lakers’ net and passed the puck to Cam Wright. The freshman forward spun around and sent the puck from behind the net to just inside the far faceoff circle to Stephen Baylis. His one-timer rang the back post for his second goal of the game.
Lake Superior finished the second period with nine shots on net while Bowling Green had 12 chances in the middle frame.
Bowling Green scored their first power-play goal of the weekend at 2:01 of the third period. Stephen Baylis skated down the right wing then fed the pass across the slot to Cam Wright who buried a one-timer for his fifth goal of the season. Max Johnson was credited with the second assist on the goal.
Lake Superior drew back to within two goals at 7:37 of the third period. Gage Torrel found the net just as the cage was coming off its moorings to push the game to 4-2.
Mitens was pulled for an extra attacker with 2:23 to play in the third period. But, Mitch McLain picked up an empty net goal at 18:05 with assists from Baylis and Lukas Craggs. The goal sealed the 5-2 win for the Falcons.
Bowling Green finished the third period with 16 shots on net while Lake Superior had 12 attempts.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 5-4-3, 4-1-3-2 on the season. The Lakers fall to 2-7-3, 1-3-2-0.
Bowling Green will travel to Mankato, Minnesota next weekend to face the 10th-ranked Minnesota State Mavericks.
- Stephen Baylis (BGSU) – 2 G (GWG), 2 A
- Mitch McLain (BGSU) – 2 G
- Diego Cuglietta (LSSU) – 1 G, 1 A
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