KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Bowling Green State University hockey team swept their home-and-home series with Western Michigan on Saturday (Oct. 19) night, winning on the road by a final score of 2-1 in overtime. This was the third of three straight regular season games with the Broncos due to the results of last weekend's Ice Breaker Tournament. Western Michigan scored first in the contest early in the second period before Alec Rauhauser answered for the Falcons about ten minutes later. The game remained tied at one through regulation. Cameron Wright found the back of the net for Bowling Green just 11 seconds into overtime to put away the Broncos. BGSU returns home to Slater Family Ice Arena next weekend to open their WCHA schedule against Michigan Tech.
- Following a scoreless first, Western Michigan found the back off the net first 1:01 into the second period. Dawson Dipietro scored with Paul Washe and Drew Worrad getting assists.
- Bowling Green captain Alec Rauhauser answered for the Falcons avoiding a Bronco defender on the right wide and firing a well-placed wrist shot. This at 9:59 into the second period. He was unassisted on the play.
- Cameron Wright won it for the Orange and Brown just 11 seconds into the five-on-five overtime period. This was his fifth goal of the 2019-20 season so far. He was unassisted on the play.
Falcon Stat Facts
- Junior forward Cameron Wright continues to have the hot stick as he netted the game-winner 11 seconds into overtime of tonight's game. He now has five goals on the season. This leads the roster and has him tied for second in total goals scored nationally.
- Alec Rauhauser's game tying wrister was the second goal of his senior campaign. He now has two goals and four assists for a roster leading six points on the season.
- Eric Dop made a season high 37 saves in tonight's victory. The junior brings his save percentage up to .898 on the young season.
- Bowling Green held Western Michigan to 0 for 6 on the power play on Saturday night. Opponents are only 2 for 22 against the BGSU penalty kill unit to this point in the season. The Falcon PK percentage sits at .909 after this series.
Coach Ty Eigner's Take
"I thought we played really good early. We put ourselves in some penalty trouble, and had to kill four opportunities in the first period, which was really good for us but that gets you on your heels. We knew Western was going to play harder tonight and they certainly did, and I think there were times in the game where we looked a little tired based on the PK opportunities we had, and how hard last night's game was. But all-in-all, we asked our guys to come here and compete, and they certainly did. To come out of here with a win against a really good team like Western Michigan is good for us."
On Eric Dop and Cameron Wright's performance, "I thought Eric had his best weekend (so far) for this year. Over the course of his time here, this might be his best weekend. Cam took a couple of penalties, he came back from it and made a big time play at the end. As a team you don't always get what you deserve. One game you play really good and don't get the result you want. Today wasn't necessarily our A-game, but Cameron Wright made a big play at the end and ultimately it was a huge goal for us."
- Bowling Green will get its Western Collegiate Hockey Association schedule underway when they host Michigan Tech at home next weekend (Oct 25-26). Both games will take place at Slater Family Ice Arena at 7:07 PM.