BOWLING GREEN, Ohio. - The No. 12 ranked Bowling Green State University hockey team defeated Windsor by a final score of seven to three in an exhibition game on Sunday (Dec. 30) afternoon. The Falcons scored seven times on 39 shots on goal. The Falcons and Lancers would battle to a 2-2 tie by the end of the second period. Following a brief Windsor lead, the Orange and Brown would respond with five unanswered goals in the third period to net the final result. Bowling Green would use all three goaltenders in the exhibition as Bowling Green native Brett Rich would see his first career ice time for the Falcons. This game also saw the return of senior forward John Schilling who has been sidelined with an injury since the beginning of November. The Falcons will return to home ice this Thursday (Jan. 3) and Friday (Jan. 4) when they host Bemidji State for a two game series in Slater Family Ice Arena.
- Max Johnson would open the scoring for Bowling Green collecting his own rebound and sending it around the right pad of Windsor goaltender Reinhart. He was assisted by Brandon Kruse and Carson Musser. This 4:20 into the first period.
- BGSU would strike again at 11:03 into the first period as Will Cullen would send a pass from behind the net to Alex Barber who was waiting in front to send it in. In addition to Cullen, he was assisted by Taylor Schneider.
- Windsor would score on a power play to end the first period scoring at 14:52 in. Ian Parker would score with Alex Friesen and Ethan Skinner getting assists.
- Windsor would tie the game 3:45 into the second period. Windsor's Kyle Hope would score with Jack Van Boekel and Trent Fox getting assists. This was the only goal of the second period.
- Windsor would take the lead 33 seconds into the third period on a power play goal from John Wesley. He was assisted by Ethan Skinner and Alex Friesen.
- Sam Craggs would tie the game back up collecting the puck at the right wing circle before finding the back of the net. This at about a minute after the Windsor goal at 1:49 into the third period. He was assisted by Evan Dougherty.
- Evan Dougherty would score a goal of his own to gain the lead back for the Falcons at 5:14 into the third period. He would score off a crossing pass in the crease from Sam Craggs. Taylor Schneider would also pick up an assist.
- About one minute later at 6:17 into the third period, John Schilling would find the back of the net. Tim Theocharidis and Connor Ford would pick up assists.
- Max Johnson would score his second of the game on a power play 15:42 into the third period. He would be assisted by Connor Ford and Brandon Kruse.
- Jacob Dalton would score one more for BGSU on a power play with 13 seconds left in the contest. He was assisted by Carson Musser and Casey Linkenheld.
Other Key Plays
- Penalties were the early story of this game with nine penalties total in the first period alone. Both squads would calm down some in the second and third periods with only nine penalties total in the rest of the game for a total of 18. The final tally would be eight penalties on BGSU, and 10 on Windsor.
- Over the course of the game Bowling Green would use all three goaltenders with Ryan Bednard and Eric Dop in net for most of the contest. Bowling Green, Ohio native Brett Rich would see his first career ice time at 4:32 in the third period. He would take the ice to thundering applause and stay between the pipes the rest of the game.
Coach Bergeron's Take
"I felt we did fine. In the first period my concern was the way we were acting. We took four penalties including a five minute major. We were the instigators of the garbage, and that's not who we are, we don't play like that normally. It was almost like we were getting ready for a game that was going to get out of hand, which that was never ever the case from a coaching standpoint. After that I thought we settled down."
On the exhibition game to start the second half of the season, "Overall, I hope today's game served its purpose in that we've been off for ten to twelve days since that last time we played, maybe a bit more than that. Hopefully the cobwebs are out and we can focus on Bemidji State on Thursday. I did talk to some colleagues of mine that have played this game now versus at the beginning of the year. We're appreciative of (Windsor) coming. I hope for both sides today's game worked just like it's supposed to. I think it's beneficial for both us."
On the third period goals, "We are a pretty fit team and we had a bunch of guys dressed. I think we had a good third period. That started in the first minute with the goal against and now we're down. Our team's been down in the past and I thought we reacted like you'd want the group to react. And that is, let's put our foot down and get going."
On Brett Rich, "Brett is one of those kids that encompasses what we want to be off the ice, not taking away anything from on the ice. The boys love him, and I think was pretty neat to see how much they love him when he was able to go out there.
Bowling Green will resume their WCHA schedule later this week when they host Bemidji State for a two game series in Slater Family Ice Arena. Game one of that series will be on Thursday (Jan. 3) night at 7:37 pm. Game two of the series will be the following night on Friday (Jan. 4) at 7:37 pm.