Bowling Green, OH – Bowling Green was tied with Miami, 3-3, with two minutes to play in the second period after being badly outplayed in the first 30 minutes of the game. But, a pair of late goals in the second period sealed the win for the Miami RedHawks Friday, 6-3.
Eric Dop started in net for the Falcons, making 12 stops on 17 shots faced. He was pulled at the start of the third period in lieu of Ryan Bednard who stopped all ten shots faced in his period of work. Ryan Larkin got the nod for the RedHawks and had 11 saves on 14 Falcon attempts.
Miami’s Ben Lown scored the game’s first goal at 6:15 of the first period. Lown finished a rebound as the Falcons penalty killers remained on the ice for a long shift following a successful kill.
The Falcons found the tying goal at 15:50 of the first period. After forcing a turnover in the RedHawks’ zone Brandon Kruse fed the puck out to Connor McDonald at the point. McDonald skated to the near face-off circle to find an open shooting lane and threaded the puck through traffic and over Larkin’s shoulder. The goal was McDonald’s first of the year while Alec Rauhauser earned his eighth assist of the season.
Miami re-took the lead at 15:51 of the first period. Kiefer Sherwood’s shot crossed-up Dop to give the RedHawks a 2-1 lead.
The Falcons were doubled-up in shots in the first period, giving up eight shots while managing just four attempts themselves.
Miami pushed their lead to 3-1 at 2:59 of the second period. Josh Melnick scored on a wide-open net as the puck rebounded off the rear boards and settled on his stick.
The Falcons drew back within one goal at 10:34 of the second period. Brett D’Andrea was able to find the net after a rebound off a shot from Cam Wright. Sam Craggs began the scoring play with a shot off the rear boards.
Bowling Green pushed the game to a 3-3 tie at 10:34 of the second period. Tyler Spezia broke out, split three RedHawks at center ice, and scored on a forehand-to-backhand move. The goal was Spezia’s first of the season.
Grant Hutton gave the RedHawks a 4-3 lead at 18:25 of the second period. He scored with a wrist shot from the near face-off circle while the Falcons were on the penalty kill. Hutton was again a goalscorer at 19:03 of the second period, as his shot from the point beat Dop to give Miami a 5-3 lead.
Miami had eight shots in the middle frame while Bowling Green had five chances.
Ryan Bednard entered the game in net for the Falcons to begin the third period.
Bednard was pulled for an extra-attacker at 2:33 and 1:45 of the third period, but the Falcons gave up an empty-net goal with 17.3 seconds to play to halt the comeback chance and give Miami a 6-3 win.
Miami had 11 shots in the third period while Bowling Green had five chances.
With the loss the Falcons fall to 6-5-3, 5-2-3-2 on the season. The RedHawks improve to 6-6-1, 2-3-1-0. The teams will conclude their weekend series Saturday at 7:07 PM.
- Grant Hutton (MU) – 2 G, 1 A
- Kiefer Sherwood (MU) – 1 G, 2 A
- Tyler Spezia (BGSU) – 1 G
Photos by Jessi Renner//BGSUHockey.com