Bowling Green Skates to 2-2 Tie Against Miami
Sophomore defenseman Alec Rauhauser scores game-tying goal for Falcons

Sophomore defenseman Alec Rauhauser scored the game-tying goal for the Falcons
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 19:26  BGS1-0 PS Brandon Kruse (3) -
2nd 6:32  MIA1-1 EV Josh Melnick (6)Louie Belpedio/9, Rourke Russell/2
3rd 13:09  MIA2-1 PP Louie Belpedio (5)Gordie Green/11, Grant Hutton/5
3rd 19:22  BGS2-2 EV EA GT Alec Rauhauser (4)Brett D'Andrea/3, Stephen Baylis/7
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Miami  01102
Bowling Green  10102
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
Miami  4134425
Bowling Green  1087126
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Miami (6-6-2)  1/4 10/28 0
Bowling Green (6-5-4)  0/4 8/16 0
Miami Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Ryan Larkin (T, 6-6-2)65:002 986124
Bowling Green Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Ryan Bednard (T, 3-2-3)63:552 4123423
Empty Net1:050      

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Alec Rauhauser scored a last-minute equalizer to help the Bowling Green State University hockey team preserve a 2-2 tie against Miami University on Saturday night (Nov. 25) at the Slater Family Ice Arena. The draw extended BGSU's unbeaten streak on Saturdays to six games. The Falcons are 3-0-3 during that streak. Overall, Bowling Green is now 6-5-4 and 1-3-1 in non-conference action, while Miami drops to 6-6-2.

BGSU worked aggressively during the first period and had the better of the offensive opportunities with a 10-4 edge in shots on goal. However, the game remained scoreless until Brandon Kruse was awarded a penalty shot in the final minute of the period. Kruse's shot was successful, and he became the first Falcon to attempt (and score on) a penalty shot since Brandon Hawkins turned the trick on March 5, 2015. The only other BGSU player in the last ten years to score a penalty goal was Brennan Vargas in the 2009-10 season. All three occurred at home, and all three were scored by underclassmen. Hawkins and Kruse are both true freshmen.

Miami tied the game in the second period and took the lead with 6:51 to play. Bowling Green was awarded what would become their only full power play of the night when Karch Bachman was called for cross-checking at the 16:18 mark, but the Falcons could not convert. BGSU went with an empty net for the final 90 seconds, and the man advantage allowed the chance that led to Rauhauser's goal. Neither team could dent the scoreboard during the five-minute, five-on-five overtime period. With the tie in hand, Tyler Spezia scored a moral victory with a second-overtime goal.

Scoring Plays

Brandon Kruse got loose on a breakaway within the last minute of the opening period. Miami's Kiefer Sherwood tripped Kruse as he attempted to take a shot and was called for a penalty. Kruse was awarded a penalty shot and beat goaltender Ryan Larkin low through the five hole after faking a back-hander. The score gave BGSU a 1-0 lead with 0:34 left in the first.

Down 2-1 late in the third, the Falcons choose to go with an empty net for the final 1:30. Midway through the final minute, a scoring opportunity developed that resulted in a wrist shot by Alec Rauhauser from the middle point. He wove the shot through traffic to beat Larkin with just 0:37.8 left on the clock for his fourth goal of the season. Brett D'Andrea and Stephen Baylis handled the assists on the game-tying goal.

The teams skated to a scoreless overtime to officially end the game in a tie. However, in the second overtime, Tyler Spezia ended the three-on-three affair by knocking in a rebound of a Mitch McLain shot with 0:20.2 remaining.

Statistical Standouts

- BGSU is now .500 all-time in penalty shots with 12 makes in 24 attempts. They are 9-for-13 (.692) at the Slater Family Ice Arena.

- BGSU is 12-9-2 when attempting at least one penalty shot and 7-3-2 when they are successful.

- Kruse's goal was his third of the season; he is one of six Falcons with at least three goals in 2017-18.

- Rauhauser's goal was his fourth of the season and the ninth of his career in just his second season.

- Rauhauser also has eight assists for a total of 12 points in his sophomore campaign and 25 career assists.

- D'Andrea's assist on the Rauhauser goal was his third of the season.

- The Falcons outshot Miami 26-25 and were led in shots by Stephen Baylis and Lukas Craggs with four each.

- Connor McDonald led the Falcons with four of the team's seven blocks.

- Goaltender Ryan Bednard saved 23 of 25 shots in 63:55 of action. That game him 32 saves in 34 opportunities during 82:09 of action during the series.

- Bednard leads BGSU with a 1.93 goals against average and a .929 save percentage. His record is now 3-2-3.

- Bowling Green finished the evening 0-for-4 on the power play but 3-for-4 on the penalty kill.

- BGSU was 32-for-62 in faceoffs; Mitch McLain (11) and Brett D'Andrea (10) led the Falcons in face-off wins.

Up Next

Bowling Green returns to WCHA play next weekend against Bemidji State. The Falcons will host the Beavers on Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2. Friday's game will begin at 7:37 p.m., while Saturday's contest begins at 7:07 p.m.; both games will be held at Slater Family Ice Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio. BGSU is 11-7-1 all-time against Bemidji State. That record includes a 3-3-0 mark during the 2016-17 season, as the Falcons were swept in Bemidji in October, split a series with the Beavers at BGSU in January, then swept the WCHA semifinal series against BSU in Minnesota last March.