|1st||0:48||BGS||1-0||EV||Mitchell McLain (2)||Kevin Dufour/1, Matt Pohlkamp/1|
|1st||3:34||BGS||2-0||SH||Sean Walker (1)||-|
|1st||18:37||WMU||1-2||PP||Wade Allison (2)||Griffen Molino/2, Taylor Fleming/3|
|2nd||5:48||BGS||3-1||PP||Alec Rauhauser (1)||Matt Pohlkamp/2, Stephen Baylis/2|
|2nd||14:37||WMU||2-3||PP EA DP||Sheldon Dries (2)||Aidan Muir/4, Taylor Fleming/4|
|2nd||17:27||BGS||4-2||EV||Brett D'Andrea (1)||Sean Walker/1, Jakob Reichert/1|
|3rd||10:18||WMU||3-4||EV DP||Colt Conrad (1)||Dawson DiPietro/1, Trevor Gorsuch/1|
|3rd||10:54||WMU||4-4||PP GT||Wade Allison (3)||Colt Conrad/1, Taylor Fleming/5|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Western Michigan (2-0-1)||3/11||12/24||0|
|Bowling Green (0-2-1)||1/12||12/24||1|
|Western Michigan Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Trevor Gorsuch (T, 0-0-1)||39:03||1||0||8||7||0||15|
|Bowling Green Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Chris Nell (T, 0-2-1)||65:00||4||6||8||1||0||15|
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Bowling Green hockey team (0-2-1, 0-2-0 WCHA) skated to a 4-4 tie with Western Michigan (2-0-1, 0-0-0 NCHC) Friday night at the BGSU Ice Arena. In the home-opening action, freshman Alec Rauhauser netted his first career goal, while senior Sean Walker found the back of the net for his first career shorthanded goal.
"I think we played better tonight than we did from last weekend, and from a coaching perspective, that's good," Bowling Green hockey head coach Chris Bergeron said. "We're going to take the good, because we played better than last weekend for more of the time, but now we get down to a play here, a play there. We get down to 10 power plays, and now we start to break it down and make adjustments."
Early in the non-conference matchup, the Falcons made the most of the home-ice advantage to go up 2-0 just 3:34 into the game. After a scramble behind the net, junior Mitch McLain was able to score for the second consecutive game off a rebound only 48 seconds into play. Then 2:46 later, Walker capitalized on a spectacular save by junior goaltender Chris Nell, and took the puck straight down the ice to score the Falcons second shorthanded goal of the season.
Although the quick two-goal lead pushed Western Michigan to call its timeout, the Falcons offensive momentum continued to strive through the first period. After 20 minutes of play, Bowling Green held a 10-7 edge in shots on goal, although Western Michigan was able to come back and narrow the score 2-1 on a power play goal 18:37 in.
The Bowling Green defense was crucial to keeping the one-goal lead through the first, as sophomore Connor McDonald dove for back-to-back blocked shots. The defense continued to hold strong, especially five minutes into the second period when a puck was deflected off of a Bowling Green shot that resulted in a broken stick. Western Michigan was able to come out with the puck, although Nell came in clutch with back-to-back saves to keep the score at a 2-1 mark in favor of the Falcons.
Shortly thereafter, there was a fight for the puck against the boards in the lower left faceoff circle in the Western Michigan zone, where senior Matt Pohlkamp was able to poke the puck free to Rauhauser at the point. The Bismarck, N.D. native was then able to hit the top shelf on the power play to extend the Bowling Green lead to 3-1 through 25:48 minutes of play. With the second assist on Rauhauser's goal, sophomore Stephen Baylis marked a three-game point streak thus far in the season.
Although Western Michigan was able to capitalize with an extra man on the ice on a delayed penalty call, junior Brett D'Andrea responded for the Falcons by scoring his first official goal of the season 17:27 into the second period. D'Andrea scored off of a shot taken from the top of the right faceoff circle to stretch the lead to a 4-2 mark through 40 minutes of play. It wasn't until 9:27 into the third period that Western Michigan was able to notch a shot on goal. It was promptly shut down by Rauhauser, who blocked it, tallying one of the Falcons nine blocked shots on the night.
Then with the man advantage, the Broncos were able to score on a breakaway opportunity to narrow Bowling Green's lead to 4-2, although Western Michigan rode the momentum to score just 36 seconds later to tie up the game at 4 apiece. It was with just 9:06 remaining in regulation that the Broncos tied up the game on the power play by tying up the Bowling Green defense near the goal line. Western Michigan's Wade Allison was able to wrap around the back of the net to tuck it in the back door for the Broncos.
As the clock wound down in regulation time, there was urgency from both sides to escape overtime play. Sophomore John Schilling had a breakaway attempt with 4:36 on the clock, but was tripped up at the edge of the crease by a Western Michigan defenseman. Senior Kevin Dufour was also able to get a good look at the net, notching one of his two shots on the night.
The Falcons were able to carry over 34 seconds of power play time into the first overtime, but neither team was able to score through five minutes of 5-on-5 play. The pair of non-conference rivals then went to five minutes of 3-on-3 double overtime play.
The first scoring chance of any overtime action came when Pohlkamp took a shot to the high right glove of Western Michigan's Trevor Gorsuch with 2:38 left on the clock in the second OT, although shortly thereafter, Schilling had another chance at the net, but Western Michigan picked up the puck after the opportunity. With that, the Broncos skated down the ice and took a shot to the top right corner of the net to make the unofficial double overtime score 5-4. Ultimately, the NCAA will recognize the game as a 4-4 tie, as the pair of teams were tied after 65 minutes of play.
Over the course of a total of 68:06 on the ice, the Falcons held a 31-22 advantage in shots and went 1-12 on the power play.
The Bowling Green hockey team will wrap up the home-and-home series with Western Michigan by taking on the Broncos tomorrow evening in Kalamazoo, Mich. The non-conference matchup is set for a 7:07 p.m. puck drop.