Bowling Green, OH – A late goal by Alec Rauhauser saved the Falcons from a weekend sweep as Bowling Green and Miami tied, 2-2. The game went to a double overtime period where the Falcons scored to unofficially earn the bonus overtime win.
Ryan Bednard started in net for the Falcons and had 25 saves on 27 total shots faced. He officially had 23 saves on 25 chances through the first overtime period.
Ryan Larkin got the nod for Miami and made 26 stops on 29 total Falcon opportunities. He finished with 24 saves on 26 officially recognized shots faced.
Brandon Kruse gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead with 34 seconds to play in the first period. Kruse was hauled down on a breakaway chance and awarded a breakaway chance. He skated in, playing the puck from backhand to forehand before burying a five-hole chance. The goal was Kruse’s third of the season.
The Falcons finished the first period with ten shots on net while the RedHawks managed just four chances.
The RedHawks broke through at 6:32 of the second period as Ryan Melnick caught Louie Belpedio’s wrist shot, deflecting past Bednard to tie the game at 1-1.
Bowling Green finished the period with eight shots on net while Miami had 13 chances.
The RedHawks took their first lead of the game at 13:09 of the third period. Louie Belpedio’s wrist shot from the deep slot crossed-up Bednard, giving Miami a 2-1 lead.
Ryan Bednard was pulled for an extra attacker with just over 1:42 left in the third period. The Falcons were finally able to score their second, and tying goal, with 37.8 seconds left on the on the clock. Alec Rauhauser’s wrist shot beat Larkin over his left shoulder to give the sophomore defenseman his fourth goal of the season. Brett D’Andrea and Stephen Baylis assisted on the Falcons’ goal.
The game went to an overtime period after neither team scored in the final moments of the period.
The Falcons had four shots in the final period while Miami had seven chances.
Neither team found the net in the first overtime period and the game officially ended in a 2-2 tie.
Bowling Green managed just one shot in the overtime period while Miami had four chances.
The game then went to a second overtime period.
Tyler Spezia finally ended the game with 20.2 seconds left in the double overtime period as he cleaned up a rebound to send the home crowd home happy.
Miami had a pair of shots in the second overtime while Bowling Green had three chances.
With the tie the Falcons’ new record is 6-5-4, 5-2-3-2. Miami moves to 6-6-2, 2-3-1-0.
Bowling Green will welcome Bemidji State to the Slater Family Ice Arena next weekend to continue their WCHA slate.
- Alec Rauhauser (BGSU) – 1 G, 1 A
- Brandon Kruse (BGSU) – 1 G
- Louie Belpedio (MU) – 1 G, 1 A
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