Johnson Leads Bowling Green Past Michigan Tech, 7-2
Freshman Max Johnson registers goal and two assists for Falcons

Freshman Max Johnson scored a goal and two assists for the Falcons
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
2nd 2:28  BGS1-0 EV Mitchell McLain (14)Connor McDonald/6, Brandon Kruse/20
2nd 4:57  BGS2-0 PP Jacob Dalton (1)John Schilling/5, Cameron Wright/13
2nd 6:58  BGS3-0 EV GW Frédéric Létourneau (4)Max Johnson/13
2nd 7:22  BGS4-0 EV Max Johnson (9)Sam Craggs/6, Adam Smith/3
3rd 3:48  MTU1-4 EV Alex Smith (8)Jake Jackson/11
3rd 11:01  BGS5-1 PP Brett D'Andrea (7)Jacob Dalton/2, Connor Ford/8
3rd 13:14  MTU2-5 EV EA DP Jake Lucchini (8)Mark Auk/14, Alex Smith/13
3rd 16:55  BGS6-2 EV Connor Ford (5) -
3rd 17:14  BGS7-2 EV Stephen Baylis (8)Chris Pohlkamp/6, Max Johnson/14
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Michigan Tech  0022
Bowling Green  0437
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Michigan Tech  1331329
Bowling Green  511723
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Michigan Tech (13-12-5)  0/10 10/36 0
Bowling Green (17-8-6)  2/5 14/36 0
Michigan Tech Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Patrick Munson (L, 7-7-3)26:523 5106
Robbie Beydoun32:524 06410
Empty Net0:160     
Bowling Green Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Ryan Bednard (W, 10-4-4)60:002 1331127

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - A stunning four-goal second period lifted the Bowling Green hockey program (17-8-6, 14-4-5 WCHA) over WCHA foe Michigan Tech (13-12-5, 9-9-5 WCHA) for a 7-2 victory. Seven different Falcons scored in the win, with 14 tallying at least one point.

After a fairly uneventful first period in which neither team found the back of the net, the remaining 40 minutes of play were dominated by the Falcons. After pounding in three goals in just over four minutes, the Huskies were forced to make a change in net. That didn't stop the Falcons as they found the back of the net again just 24 seconds after the switch. Their final two goals also came in the blink of an eye, just 19 seconds apart.

The win allows more home hockey for the Falcons, as they have clinched home ice for the first round of the WCHA playoffs in March.

Scoring Plays

Period 2 | 2:28 - Freshman Brandon Kruse swiped the puck away from a Husky defender and passed it back to junior Connor McDonald. He shot one hard towards the net where senior Mitch McLain stood planted in front and rang it in. McLain leads the team with 14 goals this season and now rides a career-long 10 game point streak.

Period 2 | 4:57 - After a series of passes between Falcons in freshman Cameron Wright and junior John Schilling, the puck found its way back to the blueline where sophomore Jacob Dalton picked it up and sent it home for his first goal of the season. The goal came while a Husky sat in the box for hooking.

Period 2 | 6:58 - A beautiful pass from Max Johnson to Freddie Letourneau tricked Michigan Tech goaltender Patrick Munson, who slid to the right, leaving the net open for Letourneau to pound the puck in.

Period 2 | 7:22 - Just 24 seconds after Michigan Tech called its timeout and switched the netminder, junior Adam Smith passed the puck to freshman Sam Craggs who found an open Johnson near the net. After his initial shot ricocheted off Husky goalie Robbie Beydoun, Johsnon snuck his own rebound over the left pad of Beydoun and into the net.

Period 3 | 11:01 - After a Husky was called for slashing, the Falcons wasted no time finding the back of the net as senior Brett D'Andrea netted one just two seconds into the man advantage to put BG up 5-1. Freshman Connor Ford won the faceoff, passing it back to Dalton at the point who found D'Andrea for the goal.

Period 3 | 16:55 -Ford broke free between two Husky defenders before winding his way to the front of the net and burying the puck deep for an unassisted goal to put the Falcons up 6-1.

Period 3 | 17:14 - Without wasting any time after Ford's goal, junior Stephen Baylis batted one home with assists to junior Chris Pohlkamp and Johnson. The goal came just 19 seconds after the previous one and put the Falcons up 7-2 to seal the win.

Statistical Standouts

- Max Johnson recorded a career-high multi-point night as he posted a goal and two assists for three points. Jake Dalton and Connor Ford both also notched multiple points in the win as they each accounted for a goal and an assist.

- The penalty kill unit was on another level tonight as the Falcons killed all 10 penalties. They also converted on two of five chances with the man-advantage. The power play goals came from Jake Dalton and Brett D'Andrea.

- Five freshmen made the box score tonight, combining for two goals and six assists, the most of any class.

- Two Falcons currently ride a point-streak as Mitch McLain's goal tonight puts him on a career-long point streak of 10 games. Brandon Kruse also tallied a point in the win, assisting McLain on the first goal of the night for his fifth-straight game with at least one point.

- The Falcons were outshot 29-23 on the night but sophomore goaltender Ryan Bednard proved to be the deciding factor in the game as he stopped 27 of the 29 shots that came his way.

- After allowing 13 shots on goal in the first period, Bowling Green shut the Huskies down in the second. Tech managed just three in the second while giving up 11 shots and four goals.

- In his short career as a Falcon, Johnson has already highlighted the box score in 17 games.

- The Huskies pressured the net hard in the first period but goaltender Ryan Bednard held strong, stopping all 13 shots faced.

- Sophomore Lukas Craggs led the team in shots in the first. He rang two shots off his stick, including one after carrying the puck from end-to-end.

- McLain led the team in shots on goal this evening, firing four at the net, including one goal and one that rang off the pipe.

- Connor McDonald boasted four blocks and tied Johnson for a team best plus-three on ice rating.

Up Next

- The Falcons conclude the regular season home slate tomorrow night as they face off against the Huskies for the fifth time this season. In their previous four games against Michigan Tech, Bowling Green posts a record of 3-0-1, including a win in Detroit to take home the GLI Championship title. The Bowling Green hockey program will honor its four seniors before the start of the game. The honorees include captain Mitch McLain, assistant captain Tyler Spezia, Brett D'Andrea and Jakob Reichert. It is also Kraft Hockeyville night, which will include many different activities and giveaways as well as a non-perishable food drive sponsored Kraft and SAAC.