Stephen Baylis carried the Falcons with his play Saturday and it started with a shorthanded goal at 3:48 of the first period. While Diego Cuglietta’s goal at 18:28 of the first period would tie the game, the last two periods were all-Falcons. Mitch McLain scored a shorthanded goal at 9:15 and Stephen Baylis scored his second goal of the game at 18:48 of the second period. Baylis’ one-timer ended up being the game-winning goal for the Falcons.
Cam Wright scored a power-play goal at 2:01 of the third period. Lake Superior cut the BG lead to 4-2 at 7:37 of the third period, but Mitch McLain’s empty-net deflected goal sealed the 5-2 win for Bowling Green.
Here are highlights from Saturday’s game:
Here is video from Saturday’s postgame press conference with Head Coach Chris Bergeron and junior forward Stephen Baylis:
After Friday’s game Coach Bergeron challenged his team to both finish games in the third period and for his upperclassmen to get more involved offensively. Bowling Green outshot the Lakers 16-12 in the final period while also outscoring them 2-1.
Of the Falcons’ five goals scored Saturday four were scored by upperclassmen with four upperclassmen notching assists.
Baylis Blows Up
Stephen Baylis is one of the Falcons’ best two-way players and demonstrated that fully Saturday. His four-point night matches a collegiate-career best.
Baylis’ skills were on full display with his first goal Saturday. Baylis moved the puck from the Falcons goal-line, skated the length of the ice, sped behind a defender in the offensive zone, and went forehand to backhand beating freshmen goaltender Mareks Mitens.
Cam Wright leads all WCHA freshmen in scoring with a line of 5-6-11. That places him in first place in scoring for the Falcons. Wright is averaging one point per game this season.
Eric Dop leads the WCHA overall in goals-allowed average (1.77) and save percentage (.932), with Ryan Bednard coming in third in GAA (2.12) and second in save percentage (.926).
Bowling Green is unbeaten in their last seven games (4-0-3) which is tied with Colgate for the longest active streak in the nation.
Around the League
Ferris State completed a weekend sweep over Alaska with a 5-3 win Saturday, #20 Northern Michigan earned a weekend split with Michigan Tech thanks for 4-0 win, #10 Minnesota State won an offensive shootout with Bemidji State, 8-6, and Alaska-Anchorage won a shootout over Alabama-Huntsville after a 3-3 tie.
The Road Ahead
The Falcons will get on the sleeper bus this weekend to head to Mankato, Minnesota to face the first-place Minnesota State Mavericks. They’ll return home to the Slater Family Ice Arena on Thanksgiving weekend to welcome in-state rival Miami for a pair of nonconference contests.