Bowling Green, OH – The 12th-ranked Falcons looked like they hadn’t quite shaken off their holiday hangover Thursday. They were beaten by Bemidji State 3-2 to kick-off the second half of their WCHA slate.
Zach Driscoll started in net for the Beavers, stopping 22 of 24 shots faced. Ryan Bednard had 36 saves on 39 Beaver attempts for Bowling Green.
The Beavers picked up the game’s first goal at 12:01 of the first period. Aaron Miller benefitted from a Beavers’ face-off win, burying a wrist shot immediately after the puck drop.
Bemidji State extended their lead to 2-0 at 19:16 of the opening period. Justin Baudry got a fluttering shot past Bednard as he was falling down to cap the period’s scoring.
The Beavers pelted Bednard with 22 shots in the opening period while Driscoll had seven chances on net.
Lukas Craggs culled the Falcons’ offensive struggles at 2:54 of the second period. Max Johnson left the puck just inside the Beavers’ zone for Lukas Craggs. The junior forward skated in, sending a wrist shot on net that beat Driscoll on the far side for his 13th goal of the season. Alec Rauhauser had the second assist on the play.
The Beavers re-took a two-goal lead at 5:18 of the second period. Nick Cardelli sent the puck towards the net from the corner. The puck hit Bednard’s skates, re-directing into the Falcons’ net.
Bemidji State had ten shots in the second period while Bowling Green had six.
The Falcons pulled Bednard for an extra-attacker with 2:52 to play in the final period. Tim Theocharidis took advantage at 18:32. Theocharidis’ seeing-eye wrist shot cut the Falcons’ deficit to 3-2.
But, the Falcons were unable to find the equalizing goal and fell 3-2
With the loss, the Falcons fall to 13-4-3, 8-3-2-2 on the season. The Beavers improve to 9-9-3, 7-5-1-0. The teams will conclude their series Friday at 7:37 PM.
- Aaron Miller (BSU) – 1 G, 1 A
- Nick Cardelli (BSU) – 1 G
- Ryan Bednard (BGSU) – 36 saves
Head Coach Chris Bergeron