Bowling Green, OH – The calendar might say December, but Friday’s game between the 3rd-ranked Minnesota State Mavericks and the 12th-ranked Falcons had the intensity of a playoff series in March. With a bruising physical game and three power-play goals, Bowling Green earned a 4-1 win over the Mavericks.
Ryan Bednard started in net for the Falcons and stopped 26 of 27 shots faced. Dryden McKay stopped 26 of 29 Falcon opportunities for the Mavericks.
The Mavericks struck first at 11:17 of the first period. Josh French beat Bednard with a wrist shot from the slot after Dallas Gerads had a takeaway at the blue line.
Bowling Green had 13 shots in the opening period while Minnesota State had 10 chances.
The Falcons picked up a power-play marker at 9:36 of the second period. Alec Rauhauser sent the puck to Cam Wright who ripped a one-timer on net. Wright’s shot deflected off Connor Ford in front of McKay, finding the far corner for Ford’s seventh goal of the season.
Minnesota State had eight shots in the second period while Bowling Green had seven chances.
The Falcons added another power-play goal at 4:27 of the third period. Brandon Kruse took a loose puck and settled into the deep slot. He sent a wrist shot on net that beat a screened McKay thanks to Connor Ford.
Bowling Green’s power-play success continued at 9:20 of the third period. Brandon Kruse sent the puck in from the point to Max Johnson at the top of the far face-off circle. Johnson found Connor Ford who buried a one-timer for his second goal of the game and eighth of the season.
Facing the two-goal deficit, the Mavericks pulled McKay for an extra-attacker at 17:57 of the third period. But, Stephen Baylis netted a goal on the empty-net from center ice to seal the 4-1 win for the Falcons.
Bowling Green had ten shots in the final period while Minnesota State had nine.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 12-3-3, 7-2-2-2 on the season. The Mavericks fall to 14-3-0, 9-2-0-0. The teams will conclude their weekend series on Saturday at 7:07 PM.
- Connor Ford (BGSU) – 2 G
- Ryan Bednard (BGSU) – 25 saves
- Alec Rauhauser (BGSU) – 2 A
Photos by Jessi Renner/BGSUHockey.com
Photos by Todd Pavlack/BGSUHockey.com
Head Coach Chris Bergeron
Sophomore Forward Connor Ford