BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The No. 15 ranked Bowling Green State University hockey team topped Alabama Huntsville on Saturday, March 2 by a final score of 7-1. The win results in the series being split by the teams. Bowling Green climbs to 21-9-5 with a 16-8-4-3 standing in the WCHA while Alabama Huntsville falls to 8-26-2, including a 8-17-2-2 record in conference play. The Falcons were led by senior John Schilling with two goals. He was joined by five of his teammates in the scoring column for the night.
Next Home Game
The Falcons will return to Slater Family Ice Arena on March 8 for the first round of the WCHA playoffs. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:37 p.m. as Bowling Green will serve as the No. 3 Seed and face Michigan Tech. This will be the first of the best of three series.
- Less than two minutes into the action, Alex Barber capitalized on a BGSU power play to put the Falcons ahead 1-0. He was assisted on the play by Alec Rauhauser and Brandon Kruse.
- Just 11 seconds after regaining full strength, the Orange and Brown connected for their second goal, coming off the stick of Frederic Letourneau, who was unassisted on the play.
- Rauhauser added a goal to his point total on the night with the Falcons third goal, and second power play goal. Max Johnson and Kruse offered assists on the play.
- After snagging an assist, Johnson tallied a score of his own in the first period, coming off of a BGSU power play. Connor Ford and Kruse earned assists on the goal.
- Before the close of the first period, John Schilling joined in on the scoring affair to give the Falcons a 5-0 lead. Ford gained another assist.
- Again, less than two minutes into the period, this time the second, the Falcons added another goal. This time it was Taylor Schneider with the shot and assists coming from Letourneau and Rauhauser.
- The Chargers got on the board for the first time during the second period with a goal from Bauer Neudecker. He was assisted by Bailey Newton and Connor Merkley.
- In the third period, three seniors worked together to tally the Falcons seventh goal. Schilling was the one to score, his second of the night, while being assisted by Adam Smith and Matt Meier.
Other Key Plays
- Early in the first period, Lukas Craggs was ejected for checking from behind. He will miss next Friday's WCHA playoff game.
- After falling behind 4-0 in the first period, Alabama Huntsville opted to make a change at goalie, placing Mark Sinclair between the pipes. However, Jake Theut would return to the position in the second period.
- In the second period, UAH's Bailey Newton was ejected after being issued a five minute major penalty and a game misconduct.
Falcon Stat Facts
- Bowling Green tallied five goals in the first period, marking the first time the team has put up five or more goals in a period against a league opponent since 2016. On Nov. 19, 2016, the Falcons scored six goals against UAH during the third period in what would be an 8-3 victory.
- In the first period, the Orange and Brown took advantage of power play opportunities, scoring on their first three chances.
- With three assists on the night, Kruse increased his team lead in both assists (28) and points (36).
- Rauhauser also tallied three points on the night with one goal and two assists, bringing his assist total to 21 on the season, second on the team.
- Max Johnson eclipsed the 30 point mark tonight with a goal and an assist, putting his season total at 31.
- Johnson and Connor Ford are now tied for the team lead in goals with 14 a piece.
- The Falcons had six players tally multiple points on the evening. Kruse accomplished multiple points for a team leading, 11th time. He was joined by Johnson (8), Ford (7), Rauhauser (6), Schilling (4), and Letourneau (2).
- Schilling also posted his first multiple goal game of the season, being the team's 11th time.
With the regular season over, the Falcons will turn their efforts to the WCHA playoffs, beginning Friday, March 8. BGSU will host the first round that will take place March 8 - March 10, consisting of a best of three round. Bowling Green's opponent is set to be Michigan Tech, who the Falcons split a series with earlier in the season. Last season, the Orange and Brown hosted Ferris State in the first round, winning the first game in overtime by a score of 2-1 and advancing after claiming the second game, 5-2.