BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The No. 7 Bowling Green State University hockey team topped Bemidji State in a 3-2 final on Thursday night (Jan. 7) at the Slater Family Ice Arena. The Falcons saw Taylor Schneider net their first goal of the night followed by a Connor Ford score. In the end, it was Max Johnson's goal in the second period that proved to be the difference, his nation-leading fourth game-winner of the season. In net, Eric Dop picked up the victory behind 31 saves to advance to 7-0-0 on the season while also marking his 12th straight win dating back to last season. As for the Falcons, they improved to 12-1 on the season, matching the pace of the 1975-76 campaign for the second best start in program history. As for WCHA play, the Orange and Brown are now 3-0 and are alone atop the conference standings.
Next Home Game: The Falcons will back at the Slater Family Ice Arena on Jan. 8 for the second of the two-game home series against Bemidji State with the game being available to stream on FloHockey.
- Bemidji State was the first score on the night with a goal from Owen Sillinger with an assist from Alex Ierullo.
- For the second game in a row Taylor Schneider scored the first goal of the game for the Falcons to knot it up just a minute later. He was assisted by T.J. Lloyd on the score.
- The Falcons added to their lead early in the second period with a goal from Connor Ford, being assisted by Gavin Gould and Carson Musser.
- Bowling Green added a goal to the total with another goal in the second period. In his first game back, Max Johnson was able to net his seventh goal of the season with an assist from Brandon Kruse.
- Before the period ended the Beavers cut into the lead with a power play goal from Brendan Harris, seeing assists from Ross Armour and Tyler Vold.
Falcon Stat Facts
- The victory marks the 998th win in program history for the Falcons as they move yet another step closer to becoming the 26th program in NCAA history to reach 1,000 wins all-time.
- The win also marks the ninth straight for the Falcons this season, the second longest active streak in the nation behind only Minnesota's 10 straight. Additionally, the Falcons are now 20-1-2 over their last 23 and 18-1 over their last 19 dating back to last season.
- The 12-1 start for the Falcons ties this season for the second best start in program history, matching the pace of the 1975-76 campaign.
- With Minnesota State and Michigan Tech not in action this weekend, the win gives the Falcons sole possession of first place in the WCHA standings.
- With the win between the pipes, Eric Dop improves to 7-0-0 on the season, one of just five netminders in the country to remain perfect so far this year.
- After finishing last season with five straight wins, Dop has now registered 12 straight wins between the pipes. The all-time record in BGSU history for most consecutive wins in a row as a goalie is 14, set by Gary Kruzich during the 1986-87 season.
- Assisting on Taylor Schneider's goal in the first period, T.J. Lloyd now has nine assists on the season, already setting a new career-high for assists in a single season after logging eight last year.
- Scoring the second goal of the night, Connor Ford registered career point 101, moving him into a four-way tie for 72nd in program history.
- Registering an assist on Ford's goal, Carson Musser now has five assists on the season, setting a new career-high for a single season.
- Max Johnson was able to net the game-winner goal for the Falcons in his first game back in action. The game-winner was Johnson's fourth of the season, tying him for first in the nation for the stat. The goal was also his 107th career point, giving him sole possession of 60th all-time.
- Assisting on Johnson's goal, Brandon Kruse logged his 124th career point to tie him with Perry Braun for 51st all-time, now needing just one more point to tie Ken Morrow for 50th all-time.
- Kruse's assist was also the 92nd of his BGSU career, needing just eight to become the program's 21st player to reach 100 career assists.
- Bowling Green will be back on the ice tomorrow night to host Bemidji State for the second game of the two-game series. The game is set for a 7:07 p.m. puck drop and will be available to stream on FloHockey.
- The Falcons will be back on Monday (Jan. 11) for an exhibition game against USA Hockey's U-18 in Plymouth, Mich. with a puck drop at 7 p.m.