Bowling Green, OH – For the second straight game, the Falcons’ execution was lacking. After overcoming their poor play and winning Friday they managed just a tie Saturday against the Bemidji State Beavers. The game officially ended in a 3-3 tie but the Beavers earned the extra conference point with a shootout win.
Sophomore Ryan Bednard started in net for the Falcons, officially stopping 29 shots on 32 chances faced. The Beavers started senior Michael Bitzer who made 25 saves on 28 shots faced in regulation.
Bowling Green struck first at 12:39 of the opening period. Alec Rauhauser fired a shot on net that deflected off Brett D’Andrea’s stick and past Bitzer. The goal was D’Andrea’s third of the season while Connor McDonald tallied his fourth assist with the secondary helper on the play.
Bemidji State responded with their first goal at 18:23 of the first period. Adam Brady scored a one-time goal from the face-off dot to push the game to a 1-1 tie.
The Falcons finished the first period with eight shots on net while the Beavers had 11.
Sam Craggs gave the Falcons a 2-1 lead at 16:35 of the second period. Michael Bitzer had gone behind his own net to play the puck. Craggs stole the puck, skated to the front of the net, and lifted a wrist shot that beat Bitzer. The goal was Craggs’ first collegiate marker.
The Falcons and Beavers each had 10 shots on net in the second period.
Dillin Eichstadt tied the game at 2-2 with a one-time blast that beat Bednard over his right shoulder. Kyle Bauman assisted on the scoring play for the Beavers.
Bemidji State took a 3-2 lead at 14:19 of the third period. Ian Janco’s shot from the point threaded through traffic, beating Bednard. The goal was assisted by Aaron Miller and Kyle Bauman.
Ryan Bednard was pulled for an extra attacker with 1:36 to play in the game.
Lukas Craggs tied the game at 19:42 of the third period. Craggs shot squeezed past Bitzer after Connor Ford from the corner to the near post. Alec Rauhaser has the second assist on the play.
The game went to an overtime period with the score tied 3-3.
The Beavers had 10 shots in the third period while the Falcons had seven chances.
Neither team scored in the game’s first overtime period, officially ending the game in a 3-3 tie. It advanced to a second overtime to determine which team would take the extra conference point.
The Falcons had three shots in the first overtime period while the Beavers had just one chance.
Second Overtime Period
Neither team found the net in the second overtime pushing the game to a shootout to determine the additional WCHA point.
The Beavers had four shots in the second overtime period while the Falcons managed just one chance.
It took just one round in the shootout as Jay Dickman’s goal, followed by Stephen Baylis’ missed chance, gave Bemidji State the extra WCHA point.
The Falcons record moves to 7-5-5, 6-2-4-2. The Beavers new record is 5-6-3, 2-4-2-2.
Bowling Green will welcome Alabama-Huntsville to the Slater Family Ice Arena next weekend to wrap up the first half of their WCHA slate.
- Ian Janco (BSU) – 1 G
- Aaron Miller (BSU) – 2 A
- Lukas Craggs (BGSU) – 1 G