|1st||4:19||WMU||1-0||PP||Scott Moldenhauer (2)||Kyle Novak/1, Aaron Hadley/2|
|1st||15:45||BGS||1-1||PP||Sean Walker (2)||Kevin Dufour/2, Brett D'Andrea/1|
|1st||16:34||WMU||2-1||EV||Matheson Iacopelli (2)||Scott Moldenhauer/2, Aaron Hadley/3|
|1st||18:13||WMU||3-1||PP GW||Chris Dienes (1)||Sheldon Dries/1, Wade Allison/1|
|2nd||0:58||WMU||4-1||EV||Matheson Iacopelli (3)||Sheldon Dries/2, Cam Lee/2|
|2nd||19:02||WMU||5-1||PP||Griffen Molino (1)||Aidan Muir/5, Corey Schueneman/1|
|3rd||5:58||WMU||6-1||PP||Matheson Iacopelli (4)||Griffen Molino/3, Wade Allison/2|
|3rd||6:30||WMU||7-1||PP||Jade McMullen (1)||Kyle Novak/2, Scott Moldenhauer/3|
|3rd||19:23||WMU||8-1||PP||Kyle Novak (1)||Cam Lee/3, Michael Rebry/2|
|3rd||19:38||BGS||2-8||EV||Mark Friedman (1)||Matt Meier/1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Bowling Green (0-3-1)||1/8||10/20||0|
|Western Michigan (3-0-1)||6/10||9/29||0|
|Bowling Green Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Ryan Bednard (L, 0-1-0)||20:58||4||5||0||0||5|
|Western Michigan Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Trevor Gorsuch (W, 1-0-1)||60:00||2||4||3||11||18|
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - On the road Saturday evening, the Bowling Green hockey team (0-3-1, 0-2-0 WCHA) dropped an 8-2 final to Western Michigan (3-0-1, 0-0-0 NCHC) in Lawson Ice Arena, despite Sean Walker scoring for the second consecutive night, and Mark Friedman notching his first goal of the season.
There was another quick start to the game for the second night in a row, as the Broncos scored just 4:19 into the non-conference matchup to make it a 1-0 mark early on a power play advantage.
Then about halfway through the first period, the Falcons found themselves on the power play for the first time of the night, one of its eight opportunities. Bowling Green held significant time with the man advantage through the first due to a five minute major called on Western Michigan's Taylor Fleming, in which the Falcons had three major looks at the net, but all shots were blocked or went wide.
It was midway through the major when Bowling Green went on a 5-on-3 advantage and senior Sean Walker was able to capitalize on the opportunity to tie the game up at one goal apiece. The Falcons captain scored for the second night in a row from a shot taken in the left faceoff circle that hit right bar in. It is Walker's first time in his collegiate career to score in two consecutive games, while the assists from senior Kevin Dufour and junior Brett D'Andrea makes the trio all on a two-game point streak.
As the five minute major expired, Western Michigan's Matheson Iacopelli headed out of the box from serving the misconduct to score on the breakaway and make the score 2-1 with just under four to play in the period. The Western Michigan offense continued to strike as it stormed the net in the waning minutes of the opening period and ultimately scored on the power play, which after an extensive review, was called a good goal to make it a 3-1 game with 1:47 still to play in the first.
The goal closed out the period with a Bronco lead and momentum that continued to build heading into the second 20 minutes of action. The Broncos took a 4-1 lead just 58 seconds into the second period, which was when senior goaltender Tomas Sholl headed into the game to man the net. It was Sholl's first appearance of the season, and the Hermosa Beach, Calif. native marked 12 saves over the course of the remaining 39:02 of competition time.
Later in the second period, with only 22 seconds remaining in the power play, Western Michigan took a shot from left hash marks which found the upper right corner of the net over the glove of Sholl to make it 5-1 with only 58.2 left on the clock in the second. With a similar play on the 5-on-3 advantage midway through the final period, the Broncos went up 6-1, and netted its final two goals of the night with 13:30 remaining, then again with just 37.3 remaining on the clock for a total of six power play goals on the night.
"For the fourth game in a row, we have found ourselves on the bad side of special teams game. And for us to be as undisciplined as we are, that's on me," Bowling Green hockey head coach Chris Bergeron said. "Ultimately I think we can execute better on both sides of our special teams but we're on the penalty kill way too much. It's taking momentum from the 5-on-5 game that I think showed signs last night of being okay."
The Broncos goals were not unanswered though, as junior Mark Friedman notched his first goal of the season with 22.7 on the clock. The even-strength goal came after Friedman picked up his own rebound in the slot to mark the final goal of the game and make it an 8-2 final.
The Bowling Green offense came alive midway through the third period, first by tallying five consecutive shots heading into a power play that generated six additional shots and saw the Falcons best scoring chance of the night in a huge fight for the puck in the crease. Ultimately, the third period accounted for 12 of the Falcons 20 shots on the night.
Bowling Green was able to go 1-8 on the power play thanks to Walkers goal in the first, and marked nine shots on the man advantage. Western Michigan went 6-10 on the power play and tallied 12 shots with the extra skater.
"We knew this new way of calling games was going to affect people, but I didn't know that it would affect us this much," Coach Bergeron said. "Our team is obviously not prepared from the special teams perspective and that's on the coach."
Over the course of the 60 minutes, Bowling Green marked a total of 30 shots, as well as five saves from freshman goaltender Ryan Bednard, in addition to 12 saves by Sholl. Assisting in the Falcons defense was sophomore Adam Smith, who accounted for two of Bowling Green's seven blocked shots on the night.
The Bowling Green hockey program will return to the BGSU Ice Arena for more non-conference competition on Friday, Oct. 21, when it will host in-state rival Ohio State in an 8:07 p.m. puck drop.