Plymouth, MI – The 12th-ranked Falcons had a serving of exhibition hockey on Thanksgiving Eve Wedesnday against the United States National Team Development Program Under-18 team. Bowling Green earned a 5-4 win at the USA Hockey Arena.
Eric Dop started in net for the Falcons, stopping 29 of 33 shots faced. Spencer Knight had 37 saves on 42 opportunities for the Under-18 squad.
Bowling Green scored the game’s first goal at 10:33 of the first period. The Falcons had just killed off a penalty when Will Cullen sent the puck off the boards, up the ice. Lukas Craggs collected the loose puck and skated in on a two-on-zero breakaway. Craggs sent the puck across the slot to Stephen Baylis, who buried the one-timer.
Both teams had 14 shots on net in the first period.
The Falcons extended their lead to 2-0 at 1:46 of the second period. Max Johnson found Sam Craggs in front of the USA net, beating Knight.
Shane Bednard scored the Falcons’ third goal at 4:34 of the second period with an unassisted wrist shot that beat Knight over his glove.
The Under-18 team scored their first goal at 18:42 of the second period. Patrick Moynihan re-directed a shot from the point to cut the Falcons’ lead to 3-1.
Bowling Green had 14 shots in the second period while the Under-18s had six chances on net.
The Falcons extended their lead to 4-1 at 6:16 of the third period on the power play. Max Johnson collected the puck out of the corner and skated across the slot. Johnson found an opening over Knight’s shoulder for the power-play marker.
The Under-18s responded with a goal from Judd Caulfield at 7:11 of the third period. Caulfield’s wrist shot from the near face-off circle beat Dop while the Falcons were defending a delayed penalty.
The United States squad added another goal by Owen Lindmark at 14:54 to cut the Falcons’ lead to 4-3.
But, an empty-net goal by Lukas Craggs at 17:55 again gave Bowling Green a 5-3 lead.
The lead would be cut again, and for the final time, by Judd Caulfield at 19:50 of the third period on the power play.
The Falcons kept the Under-18s off the board for the last 10 seconds, taking a 5-4 win.
The Falcons had 14 shots in the final period while the Under-18s had 13 chances.
Bowling Green will continue their WCHA slate on 12/1 and 12/2 when they travel to Alabama-Huntsville.
- Lukas Craggs (BGSU) – GWG, 1 A
- Max Johnson (BGSU) – 1 G, 1 A
- Judd Caulfield (USNTDP) – 2 G
Post Game Interview
Head Coach Chris Bergeron