Bowling Green, OH – It’s no secret the Falcons have struggled as of late to maintain a third-period lead. A six-goal advantage heading into the final period was more than enough for Bowling Green as they easily handled Ferris State 6-1 Friday night.
Austin Shaw started in net for Ferris State, stopping just nine shots on 14 attempts before being pulled for Roni Salmenkangas in the second period. Salmenkangas had 16 saves on 17 attempts in relief. Eric Dop had 20 saves on 21 shots faced for the Falcons.
The Falcons opened the game’s scoring at 8:51 of the first period. Taylor Schneider managed to get off a pass while falling to the ice, finding Cam Wright in the slot. Wright’s one-timer beat Shaw five-hole to make the score 1-0. Alec Rauhauser had the second assist on the play.
Bowling Green doubled their lead at 17:27 of the opening frame. Max Johnson sent a pass across the ice to Adam Conquest who was skating into the zone. Conquest waited, picking his spot and beating Shaw for his fourth goal of the season. Tim Theocharidis assisted on the goal.
The Falcons finished the first period with 10 shots on net, while the Bulldogs had six attempts.
Bowling Green’s offense exploded in the middle frame, scoring a trio of goals in just under two minutes.
First, it was Justin Wells lifting a wrist shot after a nice spinning pass by Evan Dougherty at 3:26. Adam Pitters assisted as well on Wells’ first goal of the season.
Will Cullen joined the scoring at 4:56. He tucked in a wrist shot from the far faceoff circle at 4:56 to push the Falcons’ lead to 4-0. Rauhauser and Alex Barber assisted on the goal.
At 5:15 it was Taylor Schneider who tallied a marker. He finished a rebound on a shot from Sam Craggs for his seventh goal of the season.
At the next whistle, Shaw was pulled in favor of Roni Salmenkangas. Shaw finished the period with just one save on four shots faced.
Bowling Green scored their first power-play goal of the game at 9:46 of the penultimate period. It was again Cam Wright with another one-timer, this time finishing a pass from Frederic Letourneau. Cullen had the second helper on the play.
The Falcons had a slim 9-8 shot advantage in the second period
Ferris State added a momentum goal at 17:53 to cut the Falcons’ lead to 6-1. Brenden MacLaren deflected a shot past Dop to ruin his shutout bid.
The Falcons had 12 shots in the final period compared to the Bulldogs’ seven attempts.
With the win, Bowling Green improves to 16-13-4, 11-10-4-3 on the season. Ferris State falls to 7-23-2, 5-18-2-0.
The teams will conclude their weekend series Saturday at 7:07 PM.
- Cam Wright (BGSU) – 2 G
- Eric Dop (BGSU) – 20 saves
- Will Cullen (BGSU) – 1 G, 1 A
Photos by Jessi Renner/BGSUHockey.com