Bowling Green Falls To Western Michigan, 3-1

Sophomore defenseman Alec Rauhauser had an assist for the Falcons
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 1:00  WMU1-0 EV Cam Lee (1)Hugh McGing/4, Aidan Muir/1
1st 7:12  BGS1-1 PP Cameron Wright (1)Max Johnson/1, Alec Rauhauser/1
2nd 2:34  WMU2-1 EV GW Cam Lee (2)Paul Washe/1
3rd 19:10  WMU3-1 EV EN Colt Conrad (3)Wade Allison/2, Dawson DiPietro/3
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Bowling Green  1001
Western Michigan  1113
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Bowling Green  1591034
Western Michigan  316423
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Bowling Green (0-1-0)  1/5 8/16 0
Western Michigan (2-1-0)  0/7 6/12 0
Bowling Green Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Ryan Bednard (L, 0-1-0)59:312 215320
Empty Net0:291     
Western Michigan Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Ben Blacker (W, 2-1-0)59:571 1491033
Empty Net0:030     

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Freshman Cameron Wright highlighted the Bowling Green hockey (0-1-0, 0-0-0 WCHA) season opener Tuesday evening when he scored the lone goal for the Falcons in his first collegiate game. In the first game of a home-and-home meeting between Bowling Green and Western Michigan (2-1-0, 0-0-0 NCHC) this season, the Broncos claimed a 3-1 win. The Falcons were able to kill all seven of its penalties on the night, in addition to holding an edge in shots on goal over the former CCHA-rival by a 34-23 mark.

Scoring Play

- After the Falcons went on its first power play of the 2017-18 season, freshman forward Cameron Wright tied up the game at 1-1 with persistence at the crease. It only took 00:19 with the man advantage for the Newmarket, Ontario to punch the puck in down low near the right pipe to tie the game. With the assists was fellow freshman Max Johnson, as well as sophomore Alec Rauhauser.

Other Key Plays

- Western Michigan opened the scoring when they got on the board with a wrist shot in the slot just 1:00 in. The Falcons responded with a 5-1 edge in shots on goal in the following four minutes, before senior Tyler Spezia took a shot to draw a penalty. It was the penalty on which Wright scored the game-tying goal at 1-1.

- The Falcons were strong in the significant amount of 4x4 play in the opening period, and tallied two pipe ringers. With under a minute to go in the first stanza, both senior captain Mitch McLain and junior John Schilling each marked breakaways in 4x4 action.

- The second period was littered with penalties, as the Falcons took four in the middle 20:00, and was forced to burn its sixth penalty kill of the night to keep it at a 2-1 mark.

- On the penalty kill in the third period, there was a beautiful between-the-legs pass by McLain to Spezia, which was followed by a Rauhauser rebound, but it was smothered with 7:27 to go in regulation.

- The third period presented lots of back-and-forth play, and one in which the Falcons outshot Western Michigan 10-4, although the Broncos were able to seal the win with an empty net goal with just 50.5 remaining in regulation.

Statistical Standouts

- Cameron Wright is the first player to score in his first collegiate game since John Schilling marked an unassisted goal in a 6-3 win at Ohio State (Oct. 9, 2015). Wright also led the Bowling Green squad with five shots on goal.

- The Falcons came out of the gate strong, as they outshot the Broncos 15-3 in the opening period of play. The 15 shots was a high for the game, even though Bowling Green went on to outshoot Western Michigan by a 10-4 margin in the third period.

- With four shots apiece, senior Brett D'Andrea, sophomore Lukas Craggs and junior John Schilling were also standouts on the Falcon offense. On the night, 14 different Bowling Green players tallied at least one shot on goal for a total of 34 on the night.

- At the blue line, sophomore Alec Rauhauser put up three blocked shots in addition to earning an assist on Wright's goal. The three blocked shots ties Rauhauser's career-high mark.

- The Falcons posted a perfect penalty kill against the Broncos, where they killed all seven of Western Michigan's chances with the man advantage. The Broncos were also only able to get off five of its 23 shots across its seven power play opportunities.

- With Wright's first period goal, the Falcons went 1-5 on the power play, which generated six shots on goal.

- In the circle, D'Andrea went 13-10 in his faceoff opportunties, while freshman Johnson went 4-2. The pair of non-conference rivals were nearly square, as the Broncos held a narrow edge of 33-32 in the faceoff circle.

Coach Bergeron's Take

- "Overall I think we were really good, but got out-goaltended and didn't score. We won the special teams as they were 0-7. Anytime we weren't at five-on-five it took away opportunities, but we had plenty of opportunities to score more than one goal, so you need to tip your hat to their goalie. But with going seven-for-seven on the penalty kill against a really good power play was good."

Up Next

- The Bowling Green hockey program has a quick turnaround as they face Big Ten foe Michigan State in a home-and-home series this weekend. The Falcons will host the Spartans in the Slater Family Ice Arena on Friday, Oct. 13 at 7:37 p.m., before traveling to East Lansing, Mich. on Saturday, Oct. 14 for a 7:05 p.m. matchup.

- For Friday's home matchup, all fans are encouraged to wear orange for ORANGE OUT night at the rink, while the first 500 fans will receive an Orange Rally Towel from Elite Collegiate Apparel.

- Additionally for students, Friday's game will be a Ziggy Point, Resident Life Challenge, and Fraternity and Sorority Life Challenge event.