Bowling Green, OH – The Falcons swept the Ferris State Bulldogs with a 3-1 decision Saturday during the annual Senior Night, moving them into a tie for fourth place in the WCHA.
Roni Salmenkangas stopped 27 of 29 shots faced for the Bulldogs while Eric Dop turned aside 22 of 23 attempts.
The Bulldogs struck first, completing a tic-tac-toe passing play on the power play at 7:01. It was Jason Tackett who had the tip-in to give Ferris State the 1-0 lead.
The Falcons responded with a Senior Night goal from one of their honored skaters. Casey Linkenheld’s wrist shot beat Salmenkangas just over his glove to push the score to 1-1. Connor Ford and T.J. Lloyd assisted on the scoring play.
Ferris State had eight shots in the opening stanza while Bowling Green managed just six attempts.
Bowling Green took their first lead of the game at 5:01 of the second period. Brandon Kruse notched his eighth goal of the season, and 100th point of his collegiate career with a wrist shot that beat Salmenkangas high. Kruse’s fellow juniors Connor Ford and Max Johnson assisted on the play.
The Falcons had 12 chances in the middle frame while the Bulldogs had eight attempts.
The Bulldogs pulled Salmenkangas for the extra attacker with less than a minute to play in the game. But, an empty-net goal by Alex Barber sealed the 3-1 win for the Falcons.
Bowling Green had 12 shots in the final period while Ferris State had seven attempts.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 17-13-4, 12-10-4-3 while the Bulldogs fall to 7-24-2, 5-19-2-0.
Bowling Green will travel to Huntsville, Alabama to conclude their regular season.
- Connor Ford (BGSU) – 3 A
- Casey Linkenheld (BGSU) – 1 G
- Eric Dop (BGSU) – 22 saves
Photos by Jessi Renner/BGSUHockey.com