BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The No. 12 ranked Bowling Green State University hockey team defeated the No. 3 ranked Minnesota State Mavericks 4-1 on Friday night. Connor Ford led the way for the Falcons, scoring two goals to propel Bowling Green to victory. Ford was accompanied by Brandon Kruse, a goal and an assist, Max Johnson, two assists, and Alec Rauhauser, two assists.This is just the third loss on the season for Minnesota State, and their second in the WCHA. The win for the Falcons brings the WCHA standings to a close showdown for first place with just three points separating the Falcons and Mavericks, with Michigan Tech stuck between them.
- Minnesota State found the back of the net first with a goal from Josh French. He was assisted by Dallas Gerads.
- In the second period, the Falcons capitalized on a power play to tie the game at one. Connor Ford was the one to put it through with assists coming from Cameron Wright and Alec Rauhauser.
- Brandon Kruse broke the tie in the third period with a power play goal, sliding the puck under the Minnesota State goalie. Max Johnson and Alec Rauhauser were credited with assists.
- The Falcons extended their lead with another power play goal from Connor Ford, his second of the night. He was assisted by Brandon Kruse and Max Johnson.
- With just 1:33 left, Stephen Baylis pushed the puck into an empty net to extend the lead to 4-1. He was unassisted on the play.
Other Key Plays
- The Falcons were successful in the first period, surviving three full Minnesota State power plays unscathed.
- A scuffle on the ice in the second period changed the pace for the game. Nick Rivera for Minnesota State had to leave the ice due to blood, while three other players, two Falcons and one Maverick, were sent to the penalty box.
- Bowling Green continued to dominate penalty play, negating seven Minnesota State power plays on the night. In addition, the Falcons took advantage of their opportunities, coming away with three power play goals.
Falcon Stat Facts
- Connor Ford's first power play goal was the 19th power play goal on the season for Bowling Green. By the end of the night, BGSU raised their total for power play goals to 21. For Ford, his two were his fifth and sixth power play goals of the year and eighth overall. He is now tied with Max Johnson for the team lead in the category.
- On Ford's goal, Alec Rauhauser became the third Falcon to register double-digit assists so far this season. The others are Brandon Kruse (18, one on the night) and Max Johnson (13, two on the night). Rauhauser brought his total to 11 with another assist coming on Kruse's goal.
- Brandon Kruse's goal was his sixth of the season and his first of two points for the Falcons, bringing his season total, and team lead, to 24.
- With two goals in the game, Connor Ford had his second multi-goal game of the season. He also scored twice against Alaska Anchorage on Nov. 10.
- Ryan Bednard hauled in 26 saves for the second time this season. He has tallied more only twice this year, with 31 and 34 against Ohio State and Western Michigan, respectively. His other 26 save game was against Alabama Huntsville.
- The Falcons will take on the Mavericks in round two on Sat., Dec. 15 with a scheduled puck drop of 7:07 p.m. In addition, it will be "Scout Night" at Slater Family Ice Arena. This will be the second and final matchup between the ranked opponents for the regular season. Following this series, BGSU will remain at home for an exhibition against Windsor on Sun., Dec. 30. Bowling Green last faced Windsor to start the 2016 season, in a game that was also an exhibition where the Falcons ended on top, 3-2.