|1st||10:11||BGS||1-0||EV||Tyler Spezia (2)||Alec Rauhauser/12, Chris Pohlkamp/2|
|1st||11:20||BGS||2-0||EV||Justin Wells (1)||Max Johnson/9, Carson Musser/3|
|2nd||0:15||BGS||3-0||EV||Lukas Craggs (4)||Chris Pohlkamp/3|
|2nd||3:39||BGS||4-0||EV||Connor McDonald (4)||Connor Ford/4, Lukas Craggs/4|
|2nd||5:24||MIC||1-4||EV||Jake Slaker (8)||Tony Calderone/6, Dexter Dancs/9|
|3rd||4:55||MIC||2-4||EV||Jake Slaker (9)||Brendan Warren/3|
|3rd||7:40||BGS||5-2||PP GW||Max Johnson (4)||Alec Rauhauser/13, Ryan Bednard/2|
|3rd||8:05||MIC||3-5||EV||Tony Calderone (14)||Cutler Martin/1, Cooper Marody/21|
|3rd||12:37||MIC||4-5||EV||Jack Becker (1)||Brendan Warren/4, Sam Piazza/5|
|3rd||18:46||BGS||6-4||EV EN||Lukas Craggs (5)||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Bowling Green (9-6-6)||1/3||4/8||0|
|Bowling Green Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Ryan Bednard (W, 5-3-4)||59:58||4||9||11||7||27|
|Jack LaFontaine (L, 4-4-0)||59:32||5||7||12||13||32|
DETROIT, Mich. - The Bowling Green hockey program opened the New Year with a 6-4 victory over Michigan in the semifinals of the Great Lakes Invitational on Monday evening. In its third appearance in the 53 years of the annual tournament, the Falcons earned its first win in program history to advance to the championship against WCHA rival Michigan Tech.
With the 6-4 win, Bowling Green earned its first win over a Big Ten program since Oct. 10, 2015 (2-0 vs. Ohio State), and first win over Michigan since Jan. 8, 2013. The Falcons are now on a two-game win streak against the Wolverines while the victory marked its first win over Michigan at a neutral site in program history (1-6 record).
The Falcons will now face Michigan Tech at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Mich.
- The Falcons got on the board first as senior Tyler Spezia picked up a rebound and backhanded the puck into the back door of the Michigan goaltender midway through the first period.
- Just 1:09 later, freshman Justin Wells was able to sneak the puck under the glove of Michigan's Jack LaFontaine from a shot at the top of the faceoff circle for the first in his career to lift the Falcons to a quick 2-0 lead.
- Starting off the second period with a bang was sophomore Lukas Craggs, as he dodged past a Michigan defender at the blue line and fired a shot from the hashmarks to the top shelf, giving the Falcons a 3-0 lead just 00:15 into the second stanza.
- As the Falcons continued to roll with the momentum, freshman Connor Ford and Craggs crashed the Michigan net with shots before junior Connor McDonald swooped in for the second rebound in the slot to lift the Falcons to a 4-0 lead just 3:39 into the second period.
- After the Wolverines responded with a pair of goals, it was freshman Max Johnson who increased the Falcons lead to 5-2 with a power play goal 7:40 into the third period. After sophomore goaltender Ryan Bednard passed the puck off to sophomore Alec Rauhauser, it was sauced over to Johnson at the right faceoff circle. The Lakeville, Minn. native's shot found its way to the back of the net after it snuck inside the near post and off the crossbar down.
- At a precarious 5-4 lead in the final minutes of the game, Craggs notched his second of the night when he sealed the 6-4 win with an unassisted empty net goal with just 1:14 on the clock.
- Four Falcons earned multi-point performances in Lukas Craggs (2G, 1A), Max Johnson (1G, 1A), Chris Pohlkamp (2A), and Alec Rauhauser (2A). Craggs' three-point night is a career-best performance for the sophomore.
- After an injury ridden first half of the season, Spezia returned with his second goal of the season when he put Bowling Green up 1-0 10:11 into the game. It marks his second point in the last three games.
- With assists by fellow freshmen Max Johnson and Carson Musser, freshman Justin Wells tallied his first career goal. The all-rookie goal to put the Falcons up 2-0 over the Wolverines in just a 1:09 span.
- Bowling Green is 6-0-5 when scoring first this season, as well as 4-0-2 when leading after the first period. Also undefeated, the Falcons continued its streak and are now 8-0-2 when leading after two periods
- In his first game back since Oct. 21, junior Chris Pohlkamp earned his first career multi-point game when he notched an assist on Spezia's opening goal, as well as Craggs' goal to kick off the second period.
- With the first assist on both Spezia and Johnson's goal, sophomore Alec Rauhauser earned his team-leading 13 assist of the season, lifting him to a team-leading 19 points through 21 games played. A native of Bismarck, N.D., Rauhauser now sits seventh in the nation with 0.90 points per game by defensemen, and is currently on a three-game point streak.
- With his even strength goal, McDonald has now scored in three of the Falcons last four games, and has tallied points in four of the last five.
- By two goal and one assist, Lukas Craggs earned his third multi-point game of the season, as well as fourth in his career. Also with a goal and an assist was freshman Max Johnson, as he earned his third career multi-point game and a team-leading six shots on goal.
- In net, sophomore goaltender Ryan Bednard tallied 27 saves, including a game-high of 11 in the second period, with four goals against. Bednard now holds a record of 5-3-4 on the season.
- A disciplined special teams game, the Falcons went 4-for-4 on the penalty kill, and with Johnson's power play goal, 1-for-3 with the man advantage.
- Overall, the Falcons outshot the Wolverines by a 38-31 margin, earning two goals in each period on the night.
- The Bowling Green hockey program will now face WCHA foe Michigan Tech in the Championship of the Great Lakes invitational tomorrow at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit from Little Caesars Arena.