Bednard shuts out Bulldogs in 3-0 win for #19 Falcons

By January 7, 2018 Game Recaps
Ryan Bednard makes a save on 12/9/17 against Alabama-Huntsville. Bednard stopped all 27 shots faced in the Falcons' win over Ferris State Sunday (Photo by Todd Pavlack/

Big Rapids, MI –¬†The Falcons’ offense was noticeably absent as they played their fifth game in ten days Sunday. But, their¬†defensive play and Ryan Bednard’s goaltending helped paced the Falcons to a 3-0 win over Ferris State Sunday.

Ryan Bednard started in net for the Falcons, stopping all 27 shots he faced. Darren Smith countered for Ferris State and had 24 stops on 26 chances.

First Period

The teams skated to a scoreless first period despite a Ferris State power play at 6:15.

The Falcons had seven shots in the opening frame while Ferris State had 12 chances.

Second Period

The Falcons were finally able to break the game’s stalemate at 6:00 of the second period. Alec Rauhauser fed the puck to Brandon Kruse who sent a shot on net. Before the shot arrived on net Mitch McLain caught a piece of the puck and re-directed it through Smith’s five-hole. The goal was McLain’s ninth of the season.

Bowling Green extended their lead at 18:09 of the second period on the power play. Connor Ford found Lukas Craggs right on the edge of the crease who sent a shot past Smith for his seventh goal of the season. Brandon Kruse had the second assist on the scoring play.

Third Period

Mitch McLain scored a shorthanded, empty-net goal in the final minute of the game to give the Falcons a 3-0 lead and win.

Bowling Green had 11 shots in the final frame while Ferris State had nine chances in the final period.

With the win, the Falcons improve to 12-6-6, 9-2-5-2 and claim sole possession of second place in the WCHA. The Bulldogs fall to 9-14-1, 6-9-1-0.

Bowling Green will travel to Marquette, Michigan next weekend to face Northern Michigan in WCHA action.


Goals by
Shots by
1/4, 3
Power Plays,
0/7, 8
Face-Off Wins

Full Box Score

Three Stars

  1. Mitch McLain (BGSU) – 2 G
  2. Ryan Bednard (BGSU) – 27 saves, SO
  3. Brandon Kruse (BGSU) – 2 A
Drew Evans

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