2020-21 WCHA Game Recap

Senior goaltender Eric Dop made 23 saves for the Falcons
Bowling Green Extends WCHA Quarterfinal Series With 5-0 Win Over Northern Michigan
Senior goaltender Eric Dop made 23 saves for the Falcons

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The No. 13 Bowling Green State University hockey captured a 5-0 victory over Northern Michigan on Saturday night (March 13) to even the series at a game apiece. With the win, the Falcons force a game three against Northern Michigan that will be played on Sunday with a 5:07 p.m. puck drop that will be streamed on FloHockey. Additionally, the win marks the 20th for the Falcons this season, being the seventh consecutive season with at least 20 wins, now the second longest streak in program history. As for this contest, the Falcons were led by Eric Dop between the pipes who logged his eighth career shutout in the Orange and Brown. Offensively, Evan Dougherty tallied two goals while Sam Craggs had three assists to lead a group that saw 10 different players tally at least a point.

Next Home Game: The BG Falcon Hockey team will be back at the Slater Family Ice Arena on Sunday (March 14) to host the third game of the WCHA Quarterfinals series against Northern Michigan. The game is set for a 5:07 p.m. puck drop and will be available to stream on FloHockey.

Scoring Plays

- In the first period the Falcons were able to net the first score of the game, seeing a breakaway goal from Cameron Wright with assists from Max Johnson and Brandon Kruse.

- With less than a minute remaining in the first period the Falcons added to their lead with a power play goal. A cluster of players formed in front of the NMU goal resulting in Ethan Scardina's first career goal, seeing assists from Sam Craggs and Will Cullen.

- After a scoreless second period, the Falcons were able to tally another score in the third period with Evan Dougherty scoring the goal and assists to Craggs and Johnson.

- Less than two minutes later Dougherty added another score to increase the lead for Bowling Green. Cullen and Justin Wells were on the assists.

- The Orange and Brown saw another score in the third after a Northern Michigan goalie change. On the power play, Alex Barber was able to net the puck with Tim Theocharidis and Craggs having the assists.

Falcon Stat Facts

- The win marks the 20th of the season for the Falcons, being the seventh consecutive 20-win season for Bowling Green. That streak is the second longest in program history behind on the nine season streak that spanned from 1981-82 until 1989-90.

- Logging the win and shutout between the pipes with 23 saves, Eric Dop registered his eighth shutout of his BGSU career, giving him sole possession of second all-time. He now trails only Chris Nell on the list. Nell had 11 shutouts from 2014-17.

- The Falcons tallied 50 shots for just the second time this season, having previously had 51 against Mercyhurst in a 3-1 win on Dec. 6.

- Assisting on the first goal of the game, Brandon Kruse brought his career point total to 142, tying him for 33rd all-time in program history with Andy Gribble. He's also up to 104 career assists, tying him for 19th all-time with Mike Bartley.

- With two assists on the night, Max Johnson raised his career point total to 122, tying Alec Rauhauser for 53rd all-time in program history. The two assists were also Johnson's seventh multiple-point game this year and his first multiple-assist.

- Scoring the first goal of the night, Cameron Wright tallied career point 101 to place him in a tie for 73rd all-time with Dave O'Brian, Wayne Wilson and Mitch McLain.

- Sam Craggs led the way for the Falcons in terms of points with three assists, setting a new single game career-high. The mark was Craggs' second multiple-point game this season and first multiple-assist.

- Scoring two goals on the night, Evan Dougherty logged his first career multiple-point game with the Falcons.

- Will Cullen was also able to tally two assists in the contest for his seventh multiple-point game of the year and fifth multiple-assist outing.

- Scoring near the end of the first period, Ethan Scardina scored his first collegiate goal with the Falcons, previously having four assists as well.

Up Next

- The Falcons and Wildcats will conclude their series tomorrow night (March 14) for a 5:07 p.m. for the third game in the best-of-three series. The game will also be available to stream on FloHockey.

Game Summary

Saturday, March 13, 2021
WCHA Quarterfinals

Game statistics
23 Shots 50
0 / 3 Power Plays 2 / 5
6 / 23 PIM 3 / 6
9-16-1 Records 20-9-1
Northern Michigan Bowling Green
Cameron Wright (13)
1st/11:48  GW
Ethan Scardina (1)
1st/19:21.7 PP
Evan Dougherty (7)
Evan Dougherty (8)
Alex Barber (9)
3rd/7:40 PP
Northern Michigan Bowling Green
Rico DiMatteo
44:42, 38 Saves, 4 GA
(L, 5-5-1)

John Hawthorne
15:18, 7 Saves, 1 GA
Eric Dop
59:50, 23 Saves, 0 GA
(W, 13-7-1)

Empty Net
0:10, 0 GA