Falcons hoist hardware in Hockey Town

By January 2, 2018 Game Recaps

Detroit, MI – The Falcons scored three straight goals through the second and third periods to earn the championship in the 53rd Great Lakes Invitational Tuesday. They downed WCHA brethern┬áMichigan Tech, 4-1, at Little Caesars Arena.

Eric Dop started in net for the Falcons, making 29 stops on 30 shots faced. Robby Beydoun countered for Michigan Tech and made 21 saves on 25 attempts.

First Period

Bowling Green opened scoring at 18:17 of the first period. With the Falcons skating on a four-on-three power play Max Johnson attempted a shot on net that was blocked by a Huskies skater. The puck found Brett D’Andrea’s stick who sent a wrist shot past Beydoun for his fourth goal of the season. Alec Rauhauser had the second assist on the scoring play.

The Falcons finished the period with just six shots on net while the Huskies had 12 attempts.

Second Period

The Huskies scored their first goal of the game at 2:37 of the second period. Jake Lucchini rang a shot off the near post that angled past Dop for a power-play goal.

The Falcons responded at 8:04 with their second goal of the game. Lukas Craggs forced a shot off the boards that Connor Ford collected and skated down the right wing. He sent an initial shot on net that rebounded to the crease where John Schilling buried it home for his third goal of the season.

Michigan Tech thought they had scored a goal in the waning moments of the period. But, a lengthy video review determined the puck was played with a high-stick, negating the scoring play.

The Falcons and Huskies finished the period with nine shots on net.

Third Period

Bowling Green extended their lead to 3-1 at 12:10 of the third period. Lukas Craggs fought off a defender and fed the puck to Mitch McLain. The senior captain found John Schilling crashing the net with a cross-ice pass that Schilling buried for his second goal of the game.

The Falcons added an insurance goal just 1:03 later as Tyler Spezia collected a drop-pass from Sam Craggs and buried a wrist shot for his second goal of the season. The goal was also assisted by Chris Pohlkamp.

The teams skated the rest of the period without any additional scoring to give the Falcons the 4-1 win.

Bowling Green finished the period with 10 shots on net while Michigan Tech had eight attempts.

With the win the Falcons’ record improves to 10-6-6, 7-2-5-2 on the season. Michigan Tech falls to 10-7-5, 7-6-5-2.

The Falcons will travel to Big Rapids, Michigan Saturday for a two-game with Ferris State to continue their WCHA slate.


Goals by
Shots by
1/2, 1
Power Plays,
1/4, 6
Face-Off Wins

Full Box Score

Three Stars

  1. John Schilling (BGSU) – 1 G, 1 A
  2. Eric Dop (BGSU) – 29 saves
  3. Lukas Craggs (BGSU) – 2 A

Tournament Awards

All-Tournament Team

Forward: Lukas Craggs (BGSU)
Forward: Cooper Marody (UM)
Forward: Pat Khodorenko (MSU)
Defenseman: Mitch Reinke (MTU)
Defenseman: Alec Rauhauser (BGSU)
Goaltender: Eric Dop (BGSU)

Tournament MVP: Lukas Craggs – F (BGSU)

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Drew Evans

About Drew Evans

Drew is a co-founder and the editor for BGSUHockey.com. When he's not in the press box he makes (legal) drugs at a northwest Ohio compounding pharmacy. Drew is entering his 11th season covering Falcon hockey and has been a fan of the program since his time as a student beginning in 2003. He can be reached on Twitter @DrewEvansBG and by e-mail at Drew@bgsuhockey.com.