BG Hockey drop game one to Ferris State in overtime

Ben Shanahan, Sports Reporter, Falcon Media Sports Network

The Bowling Green hockey team fell 4-3 to the Ferris State Bulldogs in overtime on Friday.

The Falcons came out red-hot to open the game, creating many chances in the first four minutes.

These chances increased when Bulldog Blake Evennou was sent to the box for tripping.

On the power play, Falcon defenseman Dalton Norris got on the board after his shot was deflected off a Bulldog’s skate and into the back of the net.

Around four minutes later, BG doubled their lead when sophomore Austen Swankler scored a tic-tac-toe goal. 

Late in the opening frame, the Bulldogs cut the Falcons’ lead in half.

BG goaltender Christian Stoever lost the puck in a heavily trafficked crease, and Bulldogs’ Jacob Badal finished for his first goal of the season.

Moments into the second, Ferris State tied the game.

As the Bulldogs forced a turnover, defenseman Brendan MacLaren found forward Jason Brancheau tying the game at two a piece.

The action finally slowed down for the rest of the second and the majority of the third.

Ferris took their first lead of the game with around five minutes left in the game.

FSU defenseman Travis Shoudy fired the puck, sailing over Stoever’s shoulder.

It seemed that the Falcons ran out of time as they pulled Stoever to get the extra skater on the ice.

This was not be the case, however, as BG’s Taylor Schneider had a wide-open net to score on as the rebound.

This forced the game to overtime, which began with an offensive battle between both teams.

The Falcons fought hard, but the Bulldogs came out victorious.

Sophomore Nick Nardecchia tore the heart out of the Falcon faithful, beating Stoever and winning it 4-3.

Norris would find some positives in the OT loss, saying his power-play goal was a dream come true.

“It was awesome, and I think as a little kid that is something you dream about,” he said. 

The Falcons and Bulldogs return to the ice for game two on Saturday at the Slater Family Ice Arena, with puck drop set for 7:07 p.m.

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