BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The No. 11 Bowling Green State University hockey team nearly completed the comeback, but fell short against the Miami RedHawks on Monday night (Dec. 30) by a score of 4-2. After beginning down 3-0, the Falcons rallied for two goals, one from Sam Craggs and another from Brandon Kruse. However, the Orange and Brown pulled the goalie late to gain the man advantage, but saw Miami skate the puck into the net, sealing the 4-2 final score.
Next Home Game: The Falcons return to Slater Family Ice Arena on Jan. 3 as the team returns to WCHA play, taking on Northern Michigan this coming weekend. The first game of the series, being on Friday, is set for a 6:07 p.m. puck drop. Following the game, all fans with a hockey ticket will receive free admission to the BGSU men's basketball game against Kent State, beginning at 9 p.m at the Stroh Center.
- Ryan Savage netted the first goal for the RedHawks to give them a 1-0 lead. The goal came on a power play, ending an 0-for-7 drought on the power play for Miami that spanned across four games. Gordie Green and Karch Bachman had the assists.
- Miami added a second score, coming on a second chance effort, off the stick of Christian Mohs with assists coming from Derek Daschke and Monte Graham.
- In the second period, Gordie Green capitalized during a power play that lasted five minutes, scoring the third goal of the night for the RedHawks, and his 100th career point. Casey Gilling and Bachman were credited with assists.
- Later in the period, Sam Craggs chipped in the first score of the night for the Falcons, his fourth goal of the season. On the breakaway attempt, Max Johnson was tallied with the lone assist for the Orange and Brown, his seventh of the season.
- In the third period, Brandon Kruse found the back of the net for his fifth goal of the season, all of which have come in the last seven games, to cut the Miami lead to 3-2. Alex Barber and Justin Wells found themselves on the assisting end of the goal.
- The RedHawks tacked on another goal in the waning minutes of the game when the Falcons were playing with the goalie pulled. Bachman skated the puck to the net, his seventh goal of the season and third point of the night. He was assisted by Green, also his third point, and Daschke, his second.
Other Key Plays
- The Falcons saw a few early attempts with shots on goal, but the Miami goalie, Ryan Larkin, was able to knock them away to salvage the scoreless game.
- With 1:09 remaining in the first period, Will Cullen was issued a 5-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for checking-from-behind. The game misconduct ended Cullen's night early, as he skated off to the locker room.
- Seeing back-to-back Miami penalties, the Falcons had a 5v3 opportunity in the second period, but were unable to capitalize with a score, leaving the advantage down 3-1.
- During the second period, a total of six players were in the penalty box at the same time, three from each team, illustrating the intensity from both benches.
- With less than two minutes remaining in the game, Sam Craggs was issued a 10-minute game misconduct.
- Bowling Green returns to the ice this coming weekend, taking on Northern Michigan in WCHA play. Friday's game (Jan. 3) is set for a puck drop of 6:07 p.m. Following the game, all those with a hockey ticket will receive free admission to the BGSU men's basketball game against Kent State at the Stroh Center, beginning at 9 p.m.
- As for Saturday, the Falcons will return to the normal start time of 7:07 p.m. to conclude the weekend series with the Wildcats.