Thursday, December 28, 2017 Scores
No. 12/12 Western Michigan 5, Bowling Green 2
In the lone NCAA game Thursday night, No. 12/12 Western Michigan opened the second half of the season strong, riding a four-goal first period and powerful power play to a 5-2 victory over former CCHA rival Bowling Green Thursday night at Slater Family Ice Arena. With the win, the Broncos (11-8-1) completed a sweep of the Falcons (8-6-6) after collecting a 3-1 win in Kalamazoo back on Oct. 10. WMU showed no signs of rust despite a three-week layoff, striking only 1:48 into the game when sophomore forward Hugh McGing scored on the power play. Sophomore defenseman Cam Lee then doubled the lead midway through the first frame, potting his fourth goal of the year, three of which have come against BGSU. Freshman forward Austin Rueschhoff made it 3-0 minutes later with the first of his two goals on the night, while 1:07 after Rueschhoff tallied, sophomore forward Wade Allison buried his NCHC-leading 15th goal of the season on the man advantage to cap the first-period outburst. The Falcons got one back with their own power play goal early in the second stanza, but Rueschhoff sealed the win with his second goal of the night, also on the power play, in the third period, for his second multi-goal game of the year. The Broncos went 3-for-6 on the power play, while BGSU was 2-for-9 on the man advantage. Allison assisted on both Rueschhoff markers for a three-point night, while McGing added a helper for two points in the win. Sophomore goalie Ben Blacker turned aside 19 shots to earn the win in net as WMU outshot the Falcons, 24-21. The Broncos return to the ice Jan. 12-13 when they resume NCHC play at No. 1/1 St. Cloud State.
On Friday, five NCHC teams are in action with No. 17 Minnesota Duluth facing Yale at the Ledyard Classic and No. 1/1 St. Cloud State at Princeton. Omaha also faces an ECAC Hockey foe in No. 19 Union, while second-ranked Denver hosts Merrimack and Colorado College is at crosstown rival Air Force. The Omaha and Denver games can be seen on NCHC.tv. For a full weekend preview, click here.
An extended game recap is below.
Recap courtesy WMU Athletic Communications
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The Western Michigan hockey team scored four goals in the first period and never looked back to complete the season sweep of Bowling Green, winning 5-2 on the road on Thursday night.
Wade Allison led all Broncos (11-8-1) with three points on a goal and two assists. Freshman forward Austin Rueschhoff had two goals, while Corey Schueneman and Dawson DiPietro each had two assists on the night. Sophomore forward Hugh McGing was the fifth WMU player with multiple points, tallying a goal and an assist. Ben Blacker made 19 saves on the night to earn his ninth win of the season.
Western Michigan had a dominant night on the power play, going 3-for-6 and held BGSU’s power play to 2-for-9. The Broncos outshot the Falcons 24-21 in the game.
WMU wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, taking a 1-0 lead just 1:48 into the game. The Broncos had a 5-on-3 power play and McGing score seven seconds into the power play. The sophomore forward won the draw to DiPietro and DiPietro dropped it back to Schueneman. The junior defenseman found McGing open in the right circle and the Chicago, Ill., native buried the one-timer.
Lee game Western Michigan a 2-0 lead at 9:22 in the first period on his fourth goal of the season. Ethen Frank dished it off to the sophomore defenseman and he blew by the BGSU defense and fired a laser past Falcon starting goalie Ryan Bednard for his third goal against Bowling Green this season.
Minutes later at 13:01, Rueschhoff gave WMU a 3-0 lead. After picking up the puck from Allison, DiPietro skated into the offensive zone and dangled past a defenseman, pulling Bednard to the right side of the net. DiPietro dropped it to the trailer, Rueschhoff, and he punched it into an open net for his sixth goal of the season.
Just 67 seconds later Allison tallied on the power play to push the lead to 4-0. Schueneman passed the puck to Allison and he streaked into the zone to beat Bednard from the right circle. BGSU pulled Bednard and inserted Eric Dop in net after Allison’s goal.
The Falcons got on the board thanks to a power play goal at 1:09 in the second period by Alec Rauhauser. Both teams clamped down defensively with WMU recording just four shots on goal in the second period to BGSU’s five.
Rueschhoff opened the third period with his second goal on the night, tallying on the power play at 3:24 to push the lead to 5-1. McGing found the big forward to the left of the crease. Rueschhoff tried to redirect the puck to a Bronco in the slot but it was deflected by Dop back on to his stick. He then flipped it over BGSU’s backup goalie and into the net.
Mitch McLain added a late power play goal to cut the final to 5-2.
Western Michigan is back in action on Jan. 12-13 at No. 1 St. Cloud State. The Broncos return home to host Colorado College on Jan. 19-20. The game on the 19th has been moved to a 6:35 p.m. start and will be televised on CBS Sports Network.