Falcons post 2-1 decision over #14 Broncos

By October 18, 2019 Game Recaps
Max Johnson celebrates on 10/26/18 against Ohio State. Johnson scored the Falcons' game-winning goal Friday against Western Michigan. (Photo by Jessi Renner/BGSUHockey.com).

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.

First Period

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.

Second Period

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.

Third Period

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.


Goals by
Shots by
0/3, 3
Power Plays,
2/6, 12

Full Box Score

Three Stars

  1. Max Johnson (BGSU) – GWG, 1 A
  2. Freddy Letourneau (BGSU) – 1 G
  3. Eric Dop (BGSU) – 21 saves

Press Conference

Head Coach Ty Eigner

Junior Forward Max Johnson

Drew Evans

About Drew Evans

Drew is a co-founder and the editor for BGSUHockey.com. When he's not in the press box he makes (legal) drugs at a northwest Ohio compounding pharmacy. Drew is entering his 11th season covering Falcon hockey and has been a fan of the program since his time as a student beginning in 2003. He can be reached on Twitter @DrewEvansBG and by e-mail at Drew@bgsuhockey.com.