Big Rapids, MI – The Falcons were 0-5-0 when trailing after two periods entering their game Saturday. They started the third period down 3-2, but four straight goals pushed them past Ferris State, 6-3.
Eric Dop started in net for the Falcons, making 23 saves on 26 shots faced. Justin Kapelmaster had 38 stops on 44 chances.
The Falcons opened scoring just 54 seconds into the first period. Mitch McLain skated in on Kapelmaster and sent a backhand chance on net. Tyler Spezia sent the rebound chance home for his fourth goal of the season.
Bowling Green extended their lead to 2-0 at 8:12 of the first period. John Schilling forced a turnover in the Falcons’ offensive-zone. He then found Connor Ford in the slot who buried his chance for Ford’s fourth goal of the season.
The Bulldogs scored a pair of goals themselves at 9:47 and 13:25. The goal at 9:47 was scored by Jacob Hetz as his top-shelf shot snuck over Dop’s shoulder, while Marshall Moise was the recipient of a Falcon defensive-zone turnover scoring his first collegiate goal at 13:25.
The Falcons finished the first period with 14 shots on net while the Bulldogs had six chances.
Ferris State scored their third goal at 19:37 of the second period. With the Falcons on a five-minute penalty kill due to a major penalty on Adami Smith, Corey Mackin finished a three-on-two passing play to give the Bulldogs their first lead of the game.
The Falcons finished the period with nine shots on net while the Bulldogs had 13 chances.
The Falcons again tied the game up at 2:43 of the third period. Lukas Craggs pulled the puck out of the corner, finding his brother Sam. The younger Craggs sent a snipe that beat Kapelmaster high over his blocker-shoulder for his second goal of the season.
Bowling Green regained the lead at 4:26 while on a five-on-three power play. Stephen Baylis made a cross-ice pass to Cam Wright who sent a one-timer slap shot on net. Kapelmaster caught a piece of the shot but the puck still found the net, giving Wright his sixth goal of the season. The goal was also assisted by Alec Rauhauser who had just drawn a five-minute major for checking from behind.
Cam Wright scored another power-play marker at 8:05. Connor McDonald had pinched in from the point to send a shot on net. While his attempt was save, Wright sent the rebound home from the right-wing for his second goal of the game and seventh goal of the season. Mitch McLain received the second assist on the play.
Lukas Craggs capped the game’s scoring at 9:41 of the third period. He finished off a pass from Connor Ford behind the Bulldogs’ net for his seventh goal of the season and the game’s final scoring play.
The Falcons pelted Kapelmaster with 21 shots in the final period while the Bulldogs managed just seven chances on net.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 11-6-6, 8-2-5-2 on the season while the Bulldogs fall to 9-13-1, 6-8-1-0. The teams will conclude their weekend series Sunday at 3:07 ET.
- Cam Wright (BGSU) – 2 G (GWG)
- Connor Ford (BGSU) – 1 G, 1 A
- Lukas Craggs (BGSU) – 1 G, 1 A