Kalamazoo, Mich. - The Bowling Green State University hockey team defeated No. 18 Western Michigan 6-2 on Tuesday night (Oct. 9) at Lawson Ice Arena in an early season road contest. The Falcons tallied six goals despite being outshot 36 to 19 on the evening. This thanks in large part to goaltender Ryan Bednard, who had 34 saves. Tim Theocharidis, Connor Ford, and Casey Linkenheld all extended their score streaks to two games, each of them having one goal a piece. Freshman Taylor Schneider scored his first career goal for Bowling Green early in the third period to extend BGSU's lead back to two. This was the first of a home-and-home series between BGSU and WMU this season, as the Broncos will travel to Bowling Green on Oct. 23.
- Austin Rueschhoff struck first for Western Michigan on a power play goal 14:22 into the first period. He was assisted by Corey Schueneman and Dawson DiPietro.
- For his second goal as a Falcon, Tim Theocharidis scored a quick strike shorthanded goal 16:18 into the first period. He was assisted on the play by Lukas Craggs and John Schilling.
- A little over two minutes later at 18:02 into the first period, Connor Ford netted his second of the season on a power play to put the Falcons in front. BGSU would not trail again. Ford was assisted by Alec Rauhauser and Stephen Baylis.
- Cameron Wright would score just 3:49 into the second period, taking advantage of some great puck movement by the Falcons. Justin Wells and Connor Ford would pick up assists.
- Josh Passolt would get one back for Western Michigan at 9:57 into the second period. He was assisted by Drew Worrad and Corey Schueneman.
- Taylor Schneider would open the third period with his first career goal as a Falcon only 34 seconds in. Cameron Wright would pick up the assist.
- At 11:50 into the third period, Casey Linkenheld would ice the game for the Falcons evading defenders and crashing the net scoring his second goal of the season, and extending his score streak to two games. He was assisted by Alec Rauhauser.
- Lukas Craggs would score an unassisted empty netter to close it out at 18:17 into the third period.
Falcon Stat Facts
- Three Falcons are currently on two game scoring streaks going into the weekend series with RMU
- The Falcon have outscored their first two opponents by a total of 14 to 4.
- The Falcons collect their first win against Western Michigan since Jan. 18, 2013, in a 3-2 conference victory in the final season of the CCHA.
- The Falcons also collect their first win in Lawson Ice Arena since Jan, 19 2008.
- Coach Bergeron gets his first win as a head coach at Western Michigan.
Coach Bergeron's Take
"We didn't play very well through two periods for sure. Ryan Bednard was our best player by a long shot through two periods. We tried to rally in between the second and the third. (I said) We just have to find a way to play a period the way we want to play it."
"I thought we did. We scored the first shift of the third which was a huge goal for us, then Casey Linkenheld's effort on the fifth goal was a great effort. Sometimes you play well and lose, and I thought tonight we didn't play so great and won."
Thoughts on Bednard, "He was big time tonight. That's the best version of Ryan Bednard right there. He was great, he was our best player."
Thoughts on being 2-0-0, "It feels good. I'm not taking for granted winning in this building. In my twenty years of coaching I haven't won in this building very often, never mind as a head coach but just coaching in general. This is a tough place to place to play, they're a really good team. We'll take the win for sure."
Bowling Green returns to the ice on Friday night (Oct. 12) at Robert Morris. Puck drop will be 7:00 p.m. in Pittsburgh. The Falcons will then open the home portion of their regular season schedule on Sunday night (Oct. 14) at 5:07 p.m. when they host Robert Morris University at Slater Family Ice Arena. It is the second game in a home-and-home series.