Bowling Green Topples Bemidji State, 3-1
Senior forward Mitchell McLain registers goal and assist for Falcons

Senior forward Mitchell McLain scores a goal and an assist for the Falcons
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
2nd 10:41  BGS1-0 EV Brandon Kruse (4)Mitchell McLain/3, Stephen Baylis/8
3rd 6:19  BMJ1-1 EV Mike Soucier (1)Jordan Heller/3
3rd 18:48  BGS2-1 EV GW Niko Coffman (1)Connor Ford/2, Stephen Baylis/9
3rd 19:31  BGS3-1 EV EN Mitchell McLain (6)Tyler Spezia/1, Matt Meier/2
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Bemidji State  0011
Bowling Green  0123
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Bemidji State  961025
Bowling Green  1111527
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Bemidji State (5-6-2)  0/5 5/10 0
Bowling Green (7-5-4)  0/4 7/25 0
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Michael Bitzer (L, 5-5-2)59:242 1110324
Empty Net0:361     
Bowling Green Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Eric Dop (W, 4-3-1)60:001 96924

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Sophomore Niko Coffman found a perfect time to score his first collegiate goal. His blast from the right side with just 72 seconds left in regulation gave the Bowling Green State University hockey team a 3-1 victory over the Bemidji State Beavers on Friday night (Dec. 1). The victory is the Falcons' first on a Friday night since a win at Michigan Tech on Nov. 3. Bowling Green improves their record to 7-5-4 overall and 6-2-3-2 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) games, and they now own sole possession of first place in the WCHA.

Brandon Kruse put the Falcons on the board in the second period with a snipe from the right of goaltender Michael Bitzer. That lead held until the third period. The Beavers answered six minutes into the final frame, and the contest remained deadlocked until Coffman lit the lamp. BGSU put a final insurance goal on the board with a Mitch McLain empty-netter in the final minute. Bowling Green netminder Eric Dop provided excellent service in net with 24 saves, which helped keep Bemidji off the board during five power plays, including a five-minute man advantage in the second period.

Scoring Plays

- After skating through a scoreless first period and a five-minute penalty kill at the beginning of the second, Brandon Kruse got the Falcons on the board at the 10:41 mark of the second period. Kruse took a pass and skated through the Bemidji zone to the right of goaltender Michael Bitzer, where he fired a shot that went through the five-hole for a 1-0 lead.

- Bemidji State tied the game with 6:19 elapsed in the third period, and the teams appeared headed for a tie. As the clock approached one minute to play, Niko Coffman gave the Falcons wth lead with his first collegiate goal. He cleaned up a pass from Connor Ford and fired a laser from the right point that beat Bitzer for a 2-1 lead at the 18:48 mark.

- Bitzer was pulled in favor of an extra attacker following BGSU's goal. However, the Falcons forced a turnover, and Tyler Spezia fed Mitch McLain for a clean empty-net goal that provided the insurance goal with 0:28.5 remaining.

Statistical Standouts

- Coffman's first career goal was the game-winner that occurred in his tenth career game. He played one as a freshman and now nine as a sophomore.

- Coffman has two points in his last three games played. He assisted on a goal during BGSU's 4-1 win at Minnesota State.

- Stephen Baylis assisted on the first two goals. It is his second multi-assist and fourth multi-point game of the season. Both are tied with Cameron Wright for the team lead.

- In his third season, Baylis has 12 career multi-point and six career multi-assist games.

- Baylis is second on the roster behind Wright with 14 points.

- Mitch McLain assisted on the opening goal, and his multi-point game is his second of the season.

- McLain is BGSU's active leader with 15 multi-point efforts.

- McLain also took the team lead with his sixth goal of the season; he has four in his last six games.

- Kruse's opening goal was his fourth goal and tenth point of the year. He has goals in back-to-back games after posting one in BGSU's 2-2 tie against Miami.

- Also earning assists were Connor Ford, Matt Meier and Tyler Spezia. Spezis's assist was his first of the season, while Ford and Meier each earned their second.

- Dop's 24 saves against 25 shots improved his goals against average to 2.67 and his save percentage to .896.

- Alec Rauhauser led the team with three blocks. Spezia led with seven shots on goal.

- As a team, BGSU led 11-7 in blocks and 27-25 in shots on goal.

- The Falcons were 5-for-5 on the penalty kill and 0-for-4 on the power play.

Up Next

- Bowling Green returns to the ice at 7:07 p.m. on Saturday night (Dec. 2) when the Falcons host Bemidji State at the Slater Family Ice Arena in the finale of the two-game weekend series. BGSU will be looking for its first series sweep of the 2017-18 season and their first regular season sweep of the Beavers at home since the 2014-15 season. The Falcons also won the opener of that two-gamer 3-1. They followed up the next night with a 3-2 victory.