Bowling Green, OH – 14th-ranked Bowling Green clinched home-ice advantage with a 7-2 win over Michigan Tech Friday.
Ryan Bednard started in net for the Falcons, making 27 saves on 29 shots faced. Patrick Munson countered for the Huskies and stopped six shots on nine attempts before being pulled for Robbie Beydoun in the second period. Beydoun corralled 10 attempts on 14 Falcon opportunities in relief.
Neither team could solve the opposing goaltender in the first period.
Michigan Tech had 13 shots in the opening period while Bowling Green had five.
The Falcons scored the game’s first goal at 2:28 of the second period. Connor McDonald took a shot from the point as Mitch McLain was parked just outside the crease. McLain deflected McDonald’s shot over Munson’s pad for the senior captain’s 17th goal of the season. Brandon Kruse picked up the second assist on the scoring play.
Bowling Green extended their lead to 2-0 at 4:57 of the second period. Skating on the power play, Jacob Dalton sent a seeing-eye wrist shot from just inside the blue line that beat a screened Munson. The goal was assisted by John Schilling and Cam Wright.
The Falcons scored their third goal at 6:58 of the middle frame. Max Johnson skated in on Munson before finding Frederic Letourneau across the crease. Letourneau angled the pass into the wide open net for Letourneau’s fourth goal of the season.
After the Falcons’ third goal Munson was pulled for Robbie Beydoun in net. Munson’s night ended with six saves on nine shots faced.
Max Johnson pushed the Falcons’ lead to 4-0 just 24 seconds later. The freshman forward followed up his own shot and forced a rebound shot past Beydoun for his ninth goal of the season. Johnson’s goal was assisted by Sam Craggs and Adam Smith.
The Falcons had 11 shots in the second period while the Huskies managed just three chances.
Alex Smith cut the Falcons’ lead to 4-1 at 3:48 of the of the third period. The Falcon defenders lost track of a puck that had popped up in the air. Alex Smith jumped on the puck once it landed and sent a quick wrist shot past Bednard.
Bowling Green improved their lead to 5-1 at 11:01 of the third period. Brett D’Andrea unloaded a one-timer from the point that beat Beydoun high on his blocker side for his 7th goal of the season. The power-play goal was assisted by Dalton and Connor Ford.
Michigan Tech’s Jake Lucchini responded at 13:14 with a wrist shot high to cut the Falcons’ lead to 5-2.
But, a backhand goal by Connor Ford at 16:55 and a re-direction by Stephen Baylis at 17:14 pushed the Falcons’ lead to 7-2 to seal the win.
The Huskies had 13 shots on net in the third period while the Falcons had seven chances.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 17-8-6, 14-4-5-2 and have guaranteed themselves home-ice advantage in at least the first round of the WCHA Playoffs. The Huskies fall to 13-12-5, 9-9-5-2 on the season.
The teams will conclude their weekend series Saturday at 7:07 PM.
- Max Johnson (BGSU) – 1 G, 2 A
- Connor Ford (BGSU) – 1 G, 1 A
- Jake Lucchini (MTU) – 1 G
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