Big Rapids, MI – The #16 Falcons showcased some of their offensive potential Saturday against Ferris State, shelling the Ferris State Bulldogs 6-2 in nonleague action.
Eric Dop stopped 25 of 27 attempts for Bowling Green. Roni Salmenkangas started in net for the Bulldogs, stopping 21 of 23 chances before being relieved by Carter McPhail. The Bulldogs’ back-up netminder stopped 16 of 20 Falcon shots.
The Falcons opened the game’s scoring at 11:03 of the opening period. Max Johnson skated to the net from the corner, tipping a shot from Max Coyle that found daylight between the post and Salmenkangas. The assist for Coyle was his first as a Falcon and was also assisted by Brandon Kruse.
Bowling Green outshot Ferris State in the first period 13-6.
Alex Barber extended the Falcons’ lead to 2-0 at 4:59 of the second period. He attempted a pass to the slot but it was blocked by a Bulldog. The puck came back to Barber who backhanded a chance over Salmenkangas’ shoulder for his fourth goal of the season. Taylor Schneider assisted on the play.
Salmenkangas was relieved by McPhail in net at 9:41 of the second period.
Bowling Green pushed their lead to 3-0 at 11:24 of the middle frame. The Falcons broke out into a three-on-two rush with Max Johnson starting the play. He fed the puck to Brandon Kruse who found Cam Wright on the backdoor. Wright’s tap-in on the backdoor was his third of the season.
Ferris State picked up their first goal of the game on the power play at 13:38 of the second period. Ethan Stewart’s goal off the faceoff cut the Falcons’ lead to 3-1.
Both teams finished the second period with 12 shots apiece.
The Falcons picked up another odd-man rush goal at 4:20 of the third period. Brandon Kruse started the play with Cam Wright crashing the net. Kruse passed to Wright on the backdoor who had a tap-in for his fourth goal of the season.
The Bulldogs responded just 21 seconds later as Mitch Deelstra’s backhand shot caught Dop’s shoulder but fluttered behind the Falcon netminder to cut the Falcons’ lead to 4-2.
The scoring frenzy continued at 6:18 of the third frame. Connor Ford poked home a loose puck that was sitting underneath McPhail for his third goal of the season, pushing Bowling Green’s lead to 5-2.
The Falcon freshman got involved in the scoring rush at 8:46 of the third period. Chrys Collin found Ethan Scardina across the crease where McPhail made the initial save. The puck came to Seth Fyten who finished the play for his second goal of the season, increasing the Falcons’ lead to 6-2.
Bowling Green outshot Ferris State 17-8 in the final period.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 6-1-0 on the season. The Bulldogs fall to 0-2-0.
Bowling Green will head on their first road trip of the season as they’re scheduled to face Quinnipiac University next weekend.