NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The No. 16 Bowling Green State University hockey team defeated the No. 5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Friday night (Nov. 29) by a final of 5-2. The win advances the Falcons record on the season to 9-5 while the Irish fall to 8-3-2. Eric Dop was stellar for Bowling Green in goal, registering 27 saves on the night, 24 of which came in just the first two periods. In the scoring column, Brandon Kruse scored a goal and assisted on another while Alec Rauhauser logged career point 100 with a goal in the second period. The two teams will clash again Saturday night (Nov. 30), but this time the Falcons will serve as the host with a 7:07 p.m. puck drop.
- Casey Linkenheld broke open the scoring column in the first period for the Falcons, forcing a turnover and taking the puck all the way to the back of the net for an unassisted goal, his second of the season, giving the Falcons a 1-0 lead.
- The Irish tied the game up with a goal from Cam Morris, assists coming from Nick Leivermann and Mike O'Leary. The goal was scored on a power play.
- The Falcons found the back of the net once again, this time in the second period and during a power play. Alex Barber shot his second goal of the season with assists from Brandon Kruse and Max Johnson to give the Falcons a 2-1 lead.
- Later in the period, Kruse registered a goal of his own, a breakaway with an assist from Connor Ford to extend the Falcon lead to 3-1.
- Alec Rauhauser found the net for the Falcons' third goal of the period and his 100th career point to push the lead to 4-1. Sam Craggs and Carson Musser each logged their first assists of the night on the goal.
- The Falcons scored again in the third period, this time off the stick of Freddy Letourneau with a rebound on a power play. He was assisted on the goal by Cameron Wright and Will Cullen.
- Notre Dame scored their second goal late in the second period, a second after their power play ended. Jake Pivonka scored the goal being assisted by Spencer Stastney and Cam Morrison.
Other Key Plays
- The first penalty of the game was a tripping call against Alex Barber that awarded the Irish a power play, turned goal.
- The Falcons first power play came late in the first period with a slashing call, but the Orange and Brown were unable to take advantage of the opportunity, leaving the score tied 1-1.
- The tie stuck through the remainder of the first period, sending the teams to the locker room after one all knotted up.
- Notre Dame was called for the first penalty of the second period, a holding call, to give the Falcons a power play with 13:01 left in the period. The power play resulted in a BGSU goal to take a 2-1 lead.
- At the beginning of the third period, the Irish made a change in goal, putting in freshman Ryan Bischel to replace Cale Morris, who gave up four goals in the first two periods.
Falcon Stat Facts
- In the first period alone, Eric Dop registered 12 saves for the Falcons before doubling the total after the second with 24. He concluded the night with 27.
- With an assist on Barber's goal, Kruse made his way into the double-digit assist column, now with 10 on the season. As for Johnson, it was his eighth point of the season.
- Kruse's goal was also his first of the season while the assist from Ford was his seventh of the year and team-leading 14th point.
- With a goal late in the second period, Rauhauser notched career point 100 becoming the first Falcon since Mitch McLain in 2018, and the first defenseman since Kelly Perrault in 1997 to reach the milestone.
The Falcons and Fighting Irish will shift the series to the Slater Family Ice Arena on Saturday night. The puck will drop at 7:07 p.m.