Erie, PA - The Bowling Green State University hockey team opened the 2018-19 season with a dominating 8-2 victory over the Lakers of Mercyhurst on Saturday night (Oct. 6) at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. The Falcons scored eight times on 35 shots with three power play goals. Stephen Baylis had a hat trick scoring three times with an assist capping off a four point night for the senior captain. Freshman Tim Theocharidis also joined in on the scoring with his first career goal for the orange and brown.
- Max Johnson opened the scoring for the Falcons' season with a power play goal 4:08 into the first period. He was assisted by Will Cullen and Stephen Baylis.
- Casey Linkenheld capitalized on a solid rebound generated by Taylor Schneider 7:14 into the first.
- Less than a minute later (8:01), freshman Tim Theocharidis scores on a wrist shot to net his first career goal as a Falcon. He was assisted by Chris Pohlkamp and Connor Ford.
- His first goal of the night saw Stephen Baylis snipe a one timer from the right circle 11:10 into the second period. Assists went to Brandon Kruse and Alec Rauhauser
- A minute and a half later, Stephen Baylis scored his second of the night off a rebound save from Mercyhurst goaltender Garret Metcalf, at 12:47 in the second. Assists went to Alec Rauhauser and Frederic Letourneau.
- At 5:47 into the third period, Stephen Baylis completed the hat trick with a power play goal. Rauhauser and Kruse with assists.
- James Anderson scored the first of two for Mercyhurst at 8:27 into the third. He was assisted be Whittaker and Bevilacqua.
- Connor Ford would score the Falcons final power play goal of the evening at 10:32 into the third. Max Johnson and Brandon Kruse with assists.
- Mercyhurst's Matt Whittaker would score at 11:09 into third period. Assists went to Anderson and Norton.
- Max Johnson would then close out the scoring for the Falcons at 14:46 into the third period. He was assisted by Connor Ford and Brandon Kruse.
Falcon Stat Facts
- BGSU out-shot Mercyhurst 35-20 and 12-5 in the final period.
- Fifteen Falcons combined to take the team's 35 shots.
- The Falcons were 3-for-5 on the power play.
- Overall, the Falcons generated seven power play shots scoring three times
- With his hat trick, Stephen Baylis now has 24 career goals for the Falcons, after this game he has a total of 71 points
Coach Bergeron's Take
"Obviously I'm happy with the way we played. We got off to a good start. We had lots of guys involved tonight, we had five freshmen in the lineup which I thought was great.
"Our special teams was good overall which I'm really happy with early in the year."
On Theocharidis' goal, "I thought him and Will (Cullen) were as advertised. Those two guys are going to be big parts of this year's team.
On the Baylis hat trick, "He plays like that from a physical power forward perspective. That gives us a chance to be the team we're capable of being. For us to be the best version of ourselves, that takes the individuals on our team. I thought he was good tonight."
Bowling Green returns to the ice on Tuesday night (Oct. 9) at Western Michigan. Puck drop will be 7:00 p.m. in Kalamazoo. The Falcons open the home portion of their regular season schedule on Sunday night (Oct. 14) at 5:07 p.m. when they host Robert Morris University at Slater Family Ice Arena. It is the second game in a home-and-home series between BGSU and RMU, as the Falcons will travel to Pittsburgh on Friday October 12.