Johnson’s late tip gives #16 Falcons 3-2 win over Bulldogs

By December 11, 2020 Game Recaps

Bowling Green, OH – The #16 Falcons coughed up a two-goal lead Friday to Ferris State. But, a tipped goal with just 12 seconds remaining gave BG the 3-2 nonleague win over the Bulldogs.

Roni Salmenkangas started in net for the Bulldogs before being relieved by Carter McPhail in the second period. Salmenkangas had 24 saves on 26 attempts. McPhail stopped 10 on 11 chances.

Zack Rose stymied 17 of 19 shots for the Falcons.

First Period

Neither team was able to find the net in a physical first period. Bowling Green had 15 shots on net in the opening frame while holding Ferris State to just seven chances.

Second Period

Bowling Green broke the stalemate at 11:08 of the second period. Alex Barber carried the puck in on an odd-man rush, sending a wrist shot off the opposite corner to score his third goal of the season. Taylor Schneider and Carson Musser assisted on the play.

The Falcons extended their lead to 2-0 at 11:08 of the middle frame. Seth Fyten collected a rebound on the backdoor from Ethan Scardina, skated around the cage, and deposited the puck on the back door on a wraparound. T.J. Lloyd had the second assist on the goal.

Salmenkangas was pulled in favor of Carter McPhail with 2:23 to play in the second period.

Ferris State cut the Falcons’ lead to 2-1 at 19:46 of the second period. Jake Willets finished a rebound from Jake Finner to score the Bulldogs’ first goal of the game.

The Falcons outshot the Bulldogs 12-6 in the second period.

Third Period

The Bulldogs pushed the game to a 2-2 tie at 14:29 of the third period. Coale Norris found a wide-open net as Rose was caught out of position on a rebound. Norris buried the rebound for the tying goal.

Max Johnson gave the Falcons late heroics for the 3-2 win. He tipped in a shot from Will Cullen for his fifth goal of the season. Tim Theocharidis had the second assist on the play.

Bowling Green had ten shots in the final period while Ferris State had six.

With the win, Bowling Green improves to 5-1-0 while Ferris State begins their season 0-1-0. The teams will conclude their home-and-home series Saturday at 7:07 PM.

Drew Evans

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