|1st||5:25||BGS||1-0||EV||Sam Craggs (3)||Jakob Reichert/1, Max Johnson/16|
|1st||14:22||BGS||2-0||PP||Max Johnson (11)||Stephen Baylis/17, Alec Rauhauser/28|
|2nd||4:11||BGS||3-0||EV GW||Alec Rauhauser (9)||Chris Pohlkamp/8, Connor Ford/10|
|2nd||7:44||FSU||1-3||PP||Jason Tackett (3)||Joe Rutkowski/14, Trevor Recktenwald/7|
|2nd||14:08||FSU||2-3||EV||Jasen Fernsler (3)||Ryker Killins/14, Liam MacDougall/4|
|3rd||2:25||BGS||4-2||EV||Brett D'Andrea (9)||Cameron Wright/15, Stephen Baylis/18|
|3rd||15:55||BGS||5-2||PP||Mitchell McLain (17)||Max Johnson/17, Stephen Baylis/19|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Ferris State (14-23-1)||1/6||6/23||0|
|Bowling Green (22-10-6)||2/5||7/14||0|
|Ferris State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Darren Smith (L, 8-12-1)||60:00||5||14||12||6||32|
|Bowling Green Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Ryan Bednard (W, 14-6-4)||60:00||2||9||13||11||33|
BOWLING GREEN, Oh. - Nearly a decade into his tenure with the Falcons, head coach Chris Bergeron has still never lost an opening-round playoff series. The Bowling Green State University hockey team advanced past the first round of the conference playoffs for the eighth consecutive year on Saturday (March 3) with a 5-2 victory over Ferris State University. BGSU, who is seeded third in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) tournament, took a 3-0 lead and posted two insurance goals in the final period to earn a sweep over the Bulldogs. The Falcons are now 16-4 in the first round over the last eight seasons, including four sweeps. The win improves their overall record to 22-10-6; the team now has 87 victories in the last four seasons.
The scoring started early for Bowling Green, who jumped on the board with a Sam Craggs goal just 5:25 into the contest. Later in the period, Ferris State was handed a five-minute penalty, and Max Johnson used the extra man to give the Falcons a 2-0 edge after 20 minutes. The lead ballooned to 3-0 only four minutes into the second frame on an Alec Rauhauser score; however, Ferris State fought back with a pair of goals, and the score was 3-2 as the game headed to the final period. Momentum was reclaimed by BGSU with a Brett D'Andrea goal 2:25 into the third, and Mitch McLain provided the final margin on a power play score. This is the fourth time in the last two seasons that the Falcons have scored four or more in a playoff game; three of those have come against the Bulldogs.
- Period 1 | 5:25 -- Early pressure in the offensive zone pays off for the Falcons, who take a 1-0 lead on a tap-in from Sam Craggs. A loose puck in front of the net was knocked up and over goaltender Darren Smith. It bounced off the rear glass back towards the goal, and Craggs' stick met it mid-air, sending it past Smith's shoulder for the game's initial score. Jakob Reichert and Max Johnson were credited with assists on the play.
- Period 1 | 14:22 -- Johnson made BGSU's power play opportunity on a five-minute major count when he scored his first gal and second point of the contest. Stephen Baylis made an on-target pass to Johnson in the slot, and Johnson put the puck high over Smith for the goal. Alec Rauhauser earned the second assist.
- Period 2 | 4:11 -- Rauhauser joined Johnson with a multi-point game and gave the Falcons a three-goal lead early in the second. In four-on-four action, Rauhauser skated up the boards on the left side and took a wrister from just inside the left circle. The shot went high over Smith, just under the crossbar for a 3-0 lead. Assists on the play went to Chris Pohlkamp and Connor Ford.
- Period 3 | 2:25 -- BGSU extende their lead with a critical goal less than three minutes into the final period. Baylis sent an entry pass from the left to Cameron Wright, who took a point-blank shot at Smith from just outside the crease. Smith blocked, but Brett D'Andrea cleaned up the rebound and sent it into the net for a 4-2 lead.
- Period 3 | 15:55 -- The Falcons get another power play and score in just six seconds. Mitch McLain won the face off, and the puck went to Baylis. Baylis sent the puck to Johnson, who found McLain waiting on the red line to Smith's right. McLain snaked the puck around the post, as BGSU reclaimed a three-goal edge.
- BGSU is now 16-4 in the first round of the conference playoffs during the Bergeron era and has four two-game sweeps.
- The Falcons have won their first-round playoff series with back-to-back victories in each of Bergeron's eight seasons.
- Bowling Green extends their winning streak over Ferris State to six games and has won 13 of 16 overall versus the Bulldogs.
- Three freshmen combined for four of the Falcons' six goals in the series; that is the most freshmen to score a postseason goal for BGSU since the 2014-15 season (McLain, Spezia, Hawkins).
- Five freshmen combined for eight points against Ferris State. The Falcons have not had five freshmen with at least one point in a single postseason since the 2011-12 season, when seven freshmen scored at least one.
- Mitch McLain scored his team-leading 17th goal and finished the series tied for the team lead with three points. He now has an active four-game points streak. BGSU is 10-3-2 when McLain scores a goal.
- In 13 career playoff games, McLain has tallied five goals and six assists for a total of 11 points.
- All four seniors on the 2017-18 squad scored points this weekend. In addition to McLain's three points and two assists by Tyler Spezia on Friday, Brett D'Andrea and Jakob Reichert each earned a point.
- Reichert scored his first point of the season with an assist on the opening goal of the game. It was the sixth assist of his career.
- D'Andrea posted his career-best ninth goal to give BGSU a 4-2 lead early in the third period. The insurance score was his first career playoff goal. The Falcons are now 18-2-3 when he lights the lamp.
- Freshman Max Johnson earned a goal and two assists to tie McLain with three points in the series. He is the first Falcon freshman with a three-point playoff game since Stephen Baylis (2015-16) and the first with a goal and an assist in the same playoff game since Ben Murphy and Ralfs Freibergs in the 2012-13 season.
- Stephen Baylis assisted on three goals for his third multi-assist and first three-assist game of the season. He has one other three-assist game in his career; it was also in the playoffs, during his freshman season.
- Alec Rauhauser helped the Falcons with a goal and an assist. He continues to lead the team with 37 points, and this was his ninth multi-point game of the season. BGSU is 7-1-1 in those games.
- The first-period goal by Sam Craggs was his third of the season and his first point since Feb. 2 against Michigan Tech.
- BGSU attempted 37 shots on Saturday and 101 during the series.
- Ryan Bednard saved 33 of 35 shots on Saturday and 67 of 70 during the series.
- The Falcons were 2-for-5 on the power play in Game 2 and 2-for-11 overall in the series. The penalty kill unit was 5-for-6 on both nights and 10-for-12 overall.
- Bowling Green advances to play in the WCHA second round playoff series next weekend. The games will be played on Friday, March 9, Saturday, March 10, and Sunday, March 11 (if necessary).
- The opponent and location for next weekend's playoff series will not be determined until Sunday. If Northern Michigan defeats Alabama-Huntsville on Sunday, then the Falcons will play at #2 seed NMU next weekend. If the Wildcats lose to UAH, then BGSU would host Michigan Tech at Slater Family Ice Arena in the second round.