Bulldogs bite Falcons, hold BGSU to single CCHA point in weekend series

Ben Shanahan and Kalen Lumpkins, Sports Reporters, FMSN

Over the weekend, BGSU hockey suffered a pair of tough results, as on Friday, the Ferris State Bulldogs defeated the Falcons 2-1, before earning a critical extra overtime point in a shootout win on Saturday night.

Here’s how the weekend went down.


There weren’t many goals scored at the Slater Family Ice Arena on Friday night. The first one came from the Ferris State Bulldogs halfway through the first period. After killing the Falcon powerplay, Luke Farthing fired a shot from the blue line that was saved by Falcon goaltender Christian Stoever, but the puck found Jason Brancheau off the rebound to make it 1-0.

The Bulldogs doubled their lead in the second when forward Tyler Schleppe collected a wide shot and put the puck back on net; his shot was deflected by Bradley Marek past Stoever, giving FSU the 2-0 lead.

BG got on the board during a five-on-three man advantage when senior Taylor Schneider passed a puck to the front of the net, where Chase Gresock found the back of the net, cutting the Bulldog lead in half.

Sophomore Austen Swankler was rewarded with the secondary assist, extending his point streak to 19 games.

Bowling Green pulled Stoever late in the game and had a few chances, but the Falcons ultimately ran out of time, giving Ferris State the 2-1 victory over the Falcons.

FSU controlled most of the game, and that came mostly from BG having trouble figuring out how to play their game.

“Ferris State played really well,” head coach Ty Eigner said. “Give them a bunch of credit tonight; they deserved exactly what they got. They played to their identity more than we played to ours, so it’s really frustrating.”

BG’s biggest problem of the night was their special teams. Usually producing a goal on around 25% of power plays, BG went a measly one for seven with the man advantage.


After defeating Bemidji State on Jan. 14 for their sixth straight win, The Falcons have gone cold.

Losing or tying in the previous three matches, The Orange and Brown let another one slip Saturday as they tied Ferris State in regulation, 4-4.

FSU went on to win the match in a 2-1 shootout.  

The Falcons were at the top of the CCHA standings just a month earlier, but they have now slipped to third place. They now trail Minnesota State and Michigan Tech by seven and six points, respectively.  

Despite the tie, the Falcons earned a much-needed conference point, their 38th of the year.  

Swankler saw his scoring streak end at 19 games after ending Saturday’s match without a goal. In those 19 games, Swankler put up 11 goals and netted 21 assists, totaling 32 points. He still leads the team in almost every offensive category.  

Gresock was the offensive anchor on Saturday, scoring two goals in the match. Alex Barber and Nathan Burke each tallied two points on the night with both scoring a goal and an assist.  

As for the defense, this was the Falcons’ fourth straight game that they went perfect on penalty kills. Richter Award finalist Christian Stoever ended the night with 28 saves in 65 minutes.  

With four games remaining on BGSU’s schedule, the Falcons will look to heat up again as they prepare for a road date against Michigan Tech on Feb. 10.  

For more information about the team, visit the athletics webpage.