2018-19 WCHA Game Recap

Sophomore forward Max Johnson scored a goal and an assist for the Falcons
Three-Goal Third Pushes Bowling Green Past Michigan Tech, 3-2
Sophomore forward Max Johnson scored a goal and an assist for the Falcons

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The No. 15 ranked Bowling Green State University hockey team overcame a late 2-0 deficit to top the Michigan Tech Huskies 3-2 on Friday (March 8) night with three third period goals. BGSU fired 41 shots on goal, with MTU only registering 25. The win gives the Falcons the advantage in the best of three series. Both Connor Ford and Max Johnson provided a goal and an assist in Bowling Green's third period pursuit.

Next Home Game

The Falcons will return to Slater Family Ice Arena on March 9 to continue the first round of the WCHA playoffs. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. as Bowling Green will take on Michigan Tech in game two of the best of three series. BGSU will have an opportunity to advance in the WCHA playoffs with a win.

Scoring Plays

- Michigan Tech scored first with the puck sliding across the line during a barrage of shots. The goal was scored by Raymond Brice with assists from Tommy Parrottino and Greyson Reitmeier.

- In the second period, Tech added to their lead with a breakaway shorthanded goal by Alec Broetzman, who was assisted by Greyson Reitmeier on the goal.

- The Falcons opened the third period with a power play goal by Connor Ford with assists coming from Alex Barber and Max Johnson.

- Just seconds later, Bowling Green tied the game up with a goal from Frederic Letourneau, assists being credited to Adam Smith and Chris Pohlkamp.

- The Orange and Brown took the lead in the third period with a power play goal from Max Johnson. He was assisted by Connor Ford and Brandon Kruse.

Other Key Plays

- There were only two penalties in the first period, both against Bowling Green, but the Falcons successfully killed both power plays.

- TJ Polglaze was ejected in the second period after being issued a five minute major penalty and game misconduct for checking from behind.

- Tech's second goal came just seconds after Alec Rauhauser ran a shot off the iron at the other end of the ice.

- In the third period, the Falcons took advantage of power play opportunities, capitalizing for two power play goals.

Falcon Stat Facts

- The win for the Falcons is their first of the season when trailing entering the third period. It was also the team's 20th win when they score three or more goals this season.

- With his goal in the third period, Connor Ford moves into sole possession of second place on the team in goals with 14 on the season. He temporarily tied Max Johnson, but Johnson would break that just minutes later. Ford also added an assist for his eighth multi-point game this year.

- Max Johnson's goal was No. 15 on the season, extending his team lead in the category. With his assist, Johnson now has 33 points, the second most on the team. It was also his ninth multiple point performance on the season.

- By assisting Johnson's goal, Brandon Kruse extends both his assist lead (29) and points lead (37) for this season. It also served as his 70th career point.

Up Next

The Falcons will continue their series with Michigan Tech tomorrow (Saturday, March 9) with a scheduled puck drop of 7:07 p.m. This will be the second game of the best of the three series with the winner advancing to the second round of the WCHA playoffs. With a win, Bowling Green would advance in the WCHA playoffs.

Game Summary

Friday, March 8, 2019
WCHA Quarterfinals

Game statistics
25 Shots 41
0 / 3 Power Plays 2 / 4
9 / 29 PIM 8 / 19
14-19-4 Records 22-9-5
Michigan Tech Bowling Green
Raymond Brice (3)
Alec Broetzman (8)
2nd/18:18 SH
Connor Ford (14)
3rd/11:55 PP
Frédéric Létourneau (5)
Max Johnson (15)
3rd/13:41 PP GW
Michigan Tech Bowling Green
Matt Jurusik
59:02, 38 Saves, 3 GA
(L, 9-10-2)

Empty Net
0:58, 0 GA
Ryan Bednard
60:00, 23 Saves, 2 GA
(W, 17-6-4)