Holiday Hangover: #12 Broncos run past Falcons, 5-2

By December 28, 2017 Game Recaps

Bowling Green, OH – After a 19 day holiday break, the Falcons were doomed by a slow start Thursday. They fell 5-2 to the 12th-ranked Western Michigan Broncos.

Ryan Bednard started in net for the Falcons, making just five saves on 9 shots before being pulled for Eric Dop at 14:08 of the first period. Dop had 14 saves on 15 shots faced in relief. Ben Blacker had 19 saves on 21 shots faced for Western Michigan.

First Period

The Broncos struck first at 1:48 of the first period. Hugh McGing scored a one-time goal from the face-off dot to give Western Michigan an early 1-0 lead.

Western Michigan extended their lead to 2-0 at 9:21 of the first period. Cam Lee skated in on Bednard and sent a wrist-shot high over the Falcon goaltender’s glove for his fourth goal of the season, three of which have come against the Falcons.

Austin Rueschhoff’s goal at 13:01 (3-0) and Wade Allison’s marker at 14:08 pushed the Broncos’ lead to 4-0 in the first period. Ryan Bednard was pulled after Allison’s goal.

The Falcons finished the opening frame with seven shots on net while the Broncos had 10 chances.

Second Period

Alec Rauhauser gave the Falcons their first goal of the game at 1:09. Brandon Kruse found Rauhauser at the point who skated in on Blacker and threaded a wrist shot between the goaltender and the post. The goal was Rauhauser’s sixth of the season.

The Falcons had five shots on goal in the middle frame while Western Michigan challenged Dop with four shots.

Third Period

Austin Rueschhoff pushed the Broncos’ lead to 5-1 at 3:24 of the final period with a rebound clean-up for his second goal of the game. The goal was the Broncos’ third power-play marker of the night.

Mitch McLain scored the Falcons’ second marker of the game and the contests’s final goal and at 19:25 on the power play. McLain squeezed the puck past Blacker to pick up his eighth goal of the season. He was assisted on the goal by Kruse and Stephen Baylis.

The Falcons finished the period with eight shots on net while the Broncos had ten shots on Dop.

With the loss the Falcons fall to 8-6-6, 7-2-5-2 on the season. The Broncos improve to 11-8-1, 6-4-0-0.

Bowling Green’s season continues Monday at 6:00 PM as they travel to Detroit to face Michigan in a semifinal matchup of the Great Lakes Invitational.


Goals by
Shots by
3/6, 6
Power Plays/
2/9, 7

Full Box Score

Three Stars

  1. Austin Rueschhoff (WMU) – 2 G
  2. Wade Allison (WMU) – 1 G, 2 A
  3. Eric Dop (BGSU) – 14 saves

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Press Conference

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