Bowling Green, OH – The Falcons responded to their Icebreaker sweep with a 2-1 win over the 14th-ranked Western Michigan Broncos Friday night.
Brandon Bussi started in net for the Broncos, stopping 36 of 38 shots faced. Eric Dop had 21 saves for the Falcons on 22 attempts.
The Falcons thought they had struck first when Sam Craggs appeared to follow-up his own rebound, sending a bouncing shot past Bussi. But, the officials waved the goal off due to whistling the play dead prematurely.
The Falcons finished the first period with 16 shots on net while the Broncos managed just three attempts on target.
Freddy Letourneau finally solved Brandon Bussi at 19:13 of the second period. With the Falcons skating on a four-on-three power play TJ Lloyd sent a shot on net from the point. Letourneau re-directed Lloyd’s attempt, beating Bussi five-hole for his first goal of the season. Max Johnson had the second assist on the play.
Bowling Green had 13 shots in the middle frame while Western Michigan had six chances.
The Broncos scored the tying goal at 13:58 of the third period. Hugh McGing’s attempt crossed-up Dop to push the game to a 1-1 tie.
Bowling Green responded with a power-play goal at 15:34. Alec Rauhauser attempted a one-timer from the slot but his attempt was blocked by the Broncos. The puck came to Max Johnson who buried his chance for his first goal of the season.
Western Michigan pulled Bussi for the extra-attacker with 1:05 to play in the third period. But, the Falcons’ defense kept the Broncos out of their offensive zone to seal the 2-1 win.
Western Michigan had 13 shots in the third period while Bowling Green had nine chances.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 2-2-0 on the season while the Broncos fall to 1-1-1. The teams will conclude their home-and-home series Saturday at 7:05 PM.
- Max Johnson (BGSU) – GWG, 1 A
- Freddy Letourneau (BGSU) – 1 G
- Eric Dop (BGSU) – 21 saves