Bowling Green, OH – The 12th-ranked Falcons took the ice for the first time in 15 days on Sunday afternoon. They wrapped their 2018 slate with a 7-3 exhibition win over the University of Windsor Lancers.
Jonathan Reinhart started in net for the Lancers and stopped 22 of 24 shots faced. Paolo Battistti replaced Reinhart for the third period, picking up 10 saves on 15 attempts.
Ryan Bednard had nine saves on 10 attempts for the Falcons before being replaced after the first period. Eric Dop turned aside 11 of 13 opportunities before being pulled in the third period. Brett Rich stopped the only shot he faced in his 5:22 of relief.
Max Johnson opened the game’s scoring at 4:20 of the first period. Johnson skated in on Reinhart, forcing the Lancers’ tender to make a save. Johnson found the rebound and buried a backhand chance. Johnson’s goal was assisted by Brandon Kruse and Carson Musser.
The Falcons extended their lead to 2-0 at 11:03 of the first period. Alex Barber started a give-and-go play, sending the puck to Will Cullen just past the goal line. Cullen fed the puck past to Barber, who scored right outside the crease. The goal was also assisted by Taylor Schneider.
The Lancers cut the Falcons’ lead to 14:52 of the first period. Ian Parker netted a rebound goal after Bednard had stretched out to make a poke-check.
Bowling Green finished the first period with 12 shots on net while Windsor had 10 chances.
Windsor tied the game at 3:45 of the second period. Kyle Hope re-directed a shot while skating across the crease for the equalizer.
The Falcons finished the second period with 12 shots on net while the Lancers had nine chances.
Windsor took their first lead of the game 33 seconds into the third period. John Wesley beat Dop with a top corner shot for the 3-2 lead.
Bowling Green responded at 1:49 to again tie things up. Sam Craggs went to the net, beating Battisti for the Falcons third goal. The goal was assisted by Evan Dougherty.
The Falcons retook the lead at 5:14 of the third period. Sam Craggs found Evan Doughtery in front of the net with a pinpoint pass. Dougherty buried the chance to push the score to 4-3. Taylor Schneider had the secondary assist on the play.
John Schilling re-introduced himself to the Falcons’ lineup with a goal at 6:17 of the third period. Schilling skated in on Battisti and wristed a laser high, beating the Lancers netminder. Tim Theocharidis had the assist on the play.
Eric Dop’s night ended at 14:38 of the third period as he was pulled for sophomore Brett Rich.
Bowling Green tacked on their sixth and final goal of the game at 15:42 of the third period. Connor Ford setup Max Johnson with a highlight reel pass, sending a no-look, backhand dish Johnson netted the puck on the wide-open net. Brandon Kruse had the second assist on the play.
The Falcons finished the third period with 15 shots on net while the Lancers had five.
Bowling Green begins the second half of their schedule on Thursday against Bemidji State at 7:37 PM.
- Max Johnson (BGSU) – 2 G
- Sam Craggs (BGSU) – 1 G, 1 A
- Evan Dougherty (BGSU) – 1 G, 1 A
Photod by Jessi Renner// BGSUhockey.com
Post Game Interview
Head Coach Chris Bergeron