BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The No. 11 Bowling Green State University hockey team were on the short end of an overtime final of 4-3 on Saturday night (Jan. 4). After the Falcons took a 3-1 lead in the third period, the Wildcats scored two goals with their goalie pulled, having a 6-5 advantage, to send the game to overtime. During the extra minutes, Northern Michigan netted a goal with just 47 seconds remaining in the period. The loss drops Bowling Green's record to 12-9-1 on the season, being 7-6-1-1 in WCHA play.
Next Home Game: The Falcons return to Slater Family Ice Arena on Jan. 17 to face Minnesota State, who is currently ranked No. 3 in the country. The Falcons and Mavericks split in Mankato earlier this season. Both Friday and Saturday are scheduled for 7:07 p.m. puck drops.
- After a scoreless first period, Taylor Schneider got the Falcons on the board, sniping a shot on the power play with assists coming from Alec Rauhausesr and Max Johnson.
- The lead for the Falcons carried into the third period before Griffin Loughran netted a score to tie it up at 1-1. Vincent de Mey and Philip Beaulieu had to assists.
- Bowling Green reclaimed the lead six minutes later, seeing Brandon Kruse capitalize on the power play to give the Falcons a 2-1 lead. Rauhauser and Johnson were again on the assists, being the second for each of them.
- Less than a minute later, Rauhauser scored a goal of his own, still on the power play, marking his third point of the night. Kruse notched his second point of the night with the first assist with the second being Cameron Wright.
- After pulling their goalie with just over a minute remaining, Northern Michigan's Joseph Nardi put the Wildcats within one, being assisted by Andre Ghantous and AJ Vanderbeck.
- Just 24 seconds later, Grant Loven evened the score with the goalie still pulled. Nardi assisted on the goal.
- In overtime, the Wildcats scored the go-ahead goal to claim the win with 47 seconds remaining in the period, coming off the stick of Darien Craighead with the assist being Garrett Klee.
Other Key Plays
- With 7:02 left in the first period, both teams sent a player to the box for roughing after the whistle. During the 4v4 time, neither team was able to break the scoreless game.
- With 4:23 left in the second period, Northern Michigan's Luke Voltin was issued a five-minute penalty for checking-from-behind and a game misconduct, ending his night early.
- The 8:29 remaining in the third period, the Falcons began a 5v3 advantage that turned into Kruse's goal to reclaim the lead.
- Immediately following Kruse's goal, the Wildcats were called for a delay of game, issuing another 5v3, which again turned into a Falcon goal, this time by Rauhauser.
- Another ejection was issued to Northern Michigan, this time ending Griffin Loughran's night due to abuse of an official. The call came with 3:15 remaining in the third period.
- With 1:54 left in the game, Northern Michigan pulled their goalie for the 6v5 advantage, which played a key role in them knotting the game up in the period.
Falcon Stat Facts
- With a goal and an assist on the night, Kruse now has 94 points over his career, now needing just six more to hit the 100 mark to join Alec Rauhauser as a duo of Falcons to reach the milestone this season.
- Rauhauser tallied a point on each of the three Falcon goals, scoring one and assisting on two more. The three-point performance pushes his season total to 23 points, leading the team, and increases his career total to 110.
- With 42 shots on goal, the Orange and Brown totaled 40+ shots for the fourth time this season.
- The loss marks the first time this season that the Falcons have been on the short end of the final score after leading at the conclusion of the second period. Bowling Green is now 9-1 on the season when leading after the second period.
- For just the second time this season, BGSU committed over ten penalties, having 11, now being 1-1 when doing so.
- The Falcons will take to the road next weekend, travelling to Houghton, Mich. to face Michigan Tech. This will be the second meeting between the teams, having previous split at the Slater Family Ice Arena on Oct. 25 and 26. Both nights (Jan. 10 and 11) are set for 7:07 p.m. puck drops.