Big Rapids, MI – The 7th-ranked Falcons’ buzzsaw kept spinning Saturday afternoon as they rout the Ferris State Bulldogs 6-1. The game marked the WCHA opener for both squads.
Eric Dop started in net for the Falcons, stopping 35 of 36 shots faced. Roni Salmenkangas had 25 saves on 31 attempts for the Bulldogs.
The Falcons struck first at 17:30 of the first period. The Bulldogs attempted to send the puck along the boards behind their net, but Connor Ford intercepted the attempt. He attempted a shot on net that rebounded to Brandon Kruse who backhanded a chance past Salmenkangas. The goal was Kruse’s fifth of the season.
Ferris State outshot Bowling Green 16-11 in the opening period.
The Bulldogs tied the game at 3:05 of the second period on the power play. Ethan Stewart finished a rebound on the backdoor to knot the score at 1-1.
Bowling Green re-took their lead at 10:47 of the middle frame. Cam Wright sent a loose puck high, roofing a goal over Salemnkangas who had gone down to his stomach. Will Cullen and Anton Malmstrom assisted on Wright’s sixth goal of the season. The assist was Malmstrom’s first point of his collegiate career.
The Bulldogs outshot the Falcons 15-9 in the middle frame.
Bowling Green extended their lead to 3-1 at 8:00 of the third period. Sam Craggs re-directed a shot from Tim Theocharidis on the power play to score his first goal of the season. T.J. Lloyd had the second assist on the play.
The Falcons added their fourth goal at 7:21 of the final period. Chrys Collin attempted a shot on net that deflected off a Bulldog skate. Seth Fyten hopped on the loose puck, burying his attempt for his third goal of the season. Collin’s assist was his first collegiate point and Adam Conquest added the second assist on the play.
The Falcons scored their third power-play goal of the game at 10:36 of the final frame. Cam Wright toe dragged around a Bulldog defender before leaving the puck for Connor Ford. The Falcon captain’s one-timer found the net for his sixth goal of the season.
Cam Wright picked up his second goal of the game at 18:15 of the third period. He buried a one-timer on a pass by Kruse for his seventh goal of the season, scoring the game’s final goal.
Bowling Green had 11 shots in the third period while Ferris State had five attempts.
With the win, Bowling Green improves to 10-1-0, 1-0-0-0 on the season. Ferris State falls to 0-5-0, 0-1-0-0. The teams will conclude their weekend series Sunday at 3:07 PM.