Bowling Green, OH – The 15th-ranked Falcons’ special teams were the star Tuesday night. A perfect six-for-six performance on the penalty kill, along with a shorthanded goal, helped seal the 4-1 win over the 19th-ranked Western Michigan Broncos.
Ryan Bednard started in net for the Falcons, stopping 19 of 20 shots faced. Austin Cain had 14 saves on 17 Falcon opportunities through two periods before being relieved by Trevor Gorsuch who had 12 saves on 13 chances.
The Broncos opened the game’s scoring at 2:04 of the opening period. Mattias Samuelsson finished a pass from Paul Washe after the Falcons turned the puck over in their defensive zone.
Bowling Green scored a shorthanded marker at 17:58 of the first period to tie the game at 1-1. The Falcons forced a turnover at their own blue line and John Schilling broke out on a two-on-one breakaway. Schilling sent a pass across the slot to Baylis, who netted his fourth goal of the season to tie the game.
The Falcons had eight shots in the opening period while the Broncos had seven chances.
Bowling Green took their first lead of the game at 13:01 of the second period on the power play. Brandon Kruse passed to Max Johnson who was right outside the crease. Johnson took the puck between his legs, tucking it past Cain for the highlight marker. The goal was Johnson’s third of the season and was also assisted by Stephen Baylis.
The Falcons extended their lead to 3-1 at 18:35 of the second period. Lukas Craggs collected the puck from the corner and skated to the top of the zone. Craggs sent a wrist shot on net that beat a screened Cain for his third goal of the season. The goal was assisted by Connor McDonald and Alec Rauhauser.
Bowling Green had nine shots in the second period while Western Michigan had six chances.
Trevor Gorsuch began the third period in net for the Broncos, ending Austin Cain’s night.
Sam Craggs pushed the Falcons’ lead to 4-1 at 9:22. The puck came up the boards to Connor Ford who had just exited the penalty box after serving a minor penalty for delay of game. Ford fed the puck to Craggs who skated in on Gorsuch and wristed a five-hole shot for his first goal of the season.
The Falcons’ fourth goal was the game’s final to give Bowling Green the 4-1 win.
Bowling Green had 13 shots on net in the final period while Western Michigan had seven shots.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 4-1-0 on the season. The Broncos fall to 3-3-0.
Bowling Green will face the 4th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in a home-and-home series this Friday (Columbus) and Saturday (Bowling Green).
- Stephen Baylis (BGSU) – 1 G, 1 A
- Ryan Bednard (BGSU) – 19 saves
- Max Johnson (BGSU) – GWG
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