Bowling Green, OH – Like the night before, the 15th-ranked Falcons found themselves down early to the Michigan Tech Huskies. But, continued power-play success helped push the Falcons to a 6-2 win Saturday. The two-game sweep advances the Falcons to the WCHA Playoffs Semifinals.
Matt Jurusik started in net for the Huskies, stopping 25 of 30 shots faced. He was replaced by Devin Kero with 8:55 to play in the third period, who stopped all four shots faced.
Ryan Bednard had 25 saves on 27 chances for Bowling Green.
Michigan Tech opened the game’s scoring at 4:35 of the first period on the power play. Jake Lucchini’s backhand shot beat Bednard on his blocker side for the early marker.
Bowling Green responded with a goal at 5:49 of the opening frame. Max Johnson won an offensive zone faceoff, sending the puck to Adam Smith at the point. Smith attempted a shot that beat a screened Jurusik for the defenseman’s second goal of the season.
The Falcons pushed the score to 2-1 at 9:30 of the first period. Cam Wright passed to Max Johnson in the slot, who wristed a shot on net. The puck beat Jurusik five-hole for Johnson’s second goal of the weekend and 16th of the season.
Connor Ford extended the Falcons’ lead to 3-1 at 10:24 of the first period. With the Falcons skating on a power play, Brandon Kruse wristed a shot on net that was saved by Jurusik. But, Ford flipped the rebound past the Huskies’ netminder for his second goal of the weekend and 15th of the season.
Michigan Tech culled the bleeding with a response goal at 11:54 of the first period. Jake Lucchini picked up his second goal of the game with a conversion on a pass by Alex Smith. The goal cut the Falcons’ lead to 3-2.
The Falcons finished the first period with 10 shots on net, while Michigan Tech had nine attempts.
Bowling Green picked up another power-play goal at 7:36 of the second period. Taylor Schneider skated in on Jurisik before sending a pass across the slot to a crashing Max Johnson. The sophomore forward scored on a wide-open net for his second goal of the night, third goal of the weekend, and 17th of the season. Thim Theochardidis started the breakout play and received the second assist.
It was an identical shot total for both teams in the second period: 10 for Bowling Green, nine for Michigan Tech.
The Falcons got a penalty shot attempt at 9:08 when Frederic Letourneau was hauled down on a breakaway chance. Letourneau took the penalty shot attempt, beating Jurusik high for his sixth goal of the season.
The Huskies pulled Jurusik for an extra attacker while on a power play with just over nine minutes to play in the third period. But, Connor McDonald flipped the puck from deep in the Falcons’ zone, finding the net from his own goal line for his first goal of the season.
Devin Kero replaced Jurusik after the empty-net goal.
The Falcons’ empty-net goal capped the game’s scoring to seal the 6-2 win for Bowling Green
The Huskies’ season ends with a mark 14-20-4, 13-12-3-1.
With the win, the Falcons move to 23-9-5, 16-8-4-3 on the season and advance to the Semifinal round of the WCHA Playoffs. They’ll face Northern Michigan in a best-of-three series in Marquette, Michigan next weekend.
- Max Johnson (BGSU) – 2 G, 2 A
- Frederic Letourneau (BGSU) – 1 G
- Ryan Bednard (BGSU) – 25 saves
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Photos by Todd Pavlack/BGSUHockey.com
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Head Coach Chris Bergeron
Sophomore Forward Max Johnson (2 G, 2 A)