Bowling Green, OH – It’s been nearly 14 years since Bowling Green has swept Notre Dame. While this weekend won’t have any CCHA implications like that season, the 16th-ranked Falcons sweep of the 5th-ranked Irish might have postseason implications come March. Bowling Green’s 5-2 win Saturday sealed that sweep.
Ryan Bischel started in net for the Irish, stopping 30 of 35 shots faced. Eric Dop had 25 saves on 27 attempts for the Falcons.
The Irish opened the game’s scoring at 1:15 of the first period. Mike O’Leary cleaned up a rebound from Cam Morrison to give Notre Dame an early 1-0 lead.
The Falcons responded with a power-play goal at 14:03 of the opening period. Frederic Letourneau collected the puck that had been turned over. Letourneau tucked his shot in past Bischel for his third goal of the season.
Bowling Green took advantage of another turnover at 17:13 of the first period. Adam Pitters corraled the loose puck in the slot, deked around a sliding Irish defender, and sent a low shot that beat Bischel for his first collegiate goal.
The Irish had eight shots in the first period while the Falcons had seven chances.
The Irish tied the game at 2-2 at 7:16 of the second period. Trevor Janicke skated in on a partial breakaway, beating Dop with a five-hole shot.
But, the Falcons responded with a power-play goal at 11:09. Bowling Green capped off an excellent man-advantage with a Cam Wright one-time goal from the slot. Freddy Letourneau and Taylor Schneider assisted on the goal.
It was Bowling Green again finding the net at 18:03 of the middle frame. Sam Craggs skated in along the boards before sending a laser between Bischel and the near post. Craggs’ goal was his second of the season and was assisted by Alec Rauhauser.
The Falcons had 18 shots in the second period while the Irish had nine attempts.
There was a brief delay with just under six minutes to play in the period as one of the linesman was struck with the puck. The game’s remainder was played with one linseman due to the injury.
The Falcons extended their lead to 5-2, the game’s final goal, at 16:13 of the third period. Carson Musser forced a turnover that sprung Brandon Kruse free. Kruse attempted to find Connor Ford across the crease. But Kruse’s attempt deflected in off the Irish defenders skate for his second goal of the season.
Bowling Green and Notre Dame both had 10 shots in the third period.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 10-5-0, 5-3-0-0 while the Irish fall to 8-3-2, 4-2-2-1.
The Falcons will continue WCHA action next week as they welcome the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers.
- Frederic Letourneau (BGSU) – 1 G, 1 A
- Cam Wright (BGSU) – GWG
- Adam Pitters (BGSU) – 1 G