#18 WMU Hockey drops season opener to Bowling Green

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Western Michigan hockey team dropped its season-opener to No. 20 Bowling Green, 6-2, at Lawson Ice Arena on Tuesday night.

The Broncos (0-1-0) outshot the Falcons 36-19 but BGSU was able to capitalize on its limited chances. Falcon goalie Ryan Bednard made 34 saves to earn the win. Austin Rusechhoff and Josh Passolt each notched their first goals of the season for Western Michigan, while Dawson DiPietro tallied two assists.

WMU scored first at 14:22 in the first period. Rueschhoff deflected a shot by Schueneman into the net to give the Broncos a 1-0 lead and tally their first power play goal of the season. Schueneman and DiPietro each picked up assists for their first points.

The Falcons tied it up, 1-1, at 16:18 on a short-handed goal by Tim Theochardis and followed it up with a power play goal at 18:02 to take a 2-1 lead. BGSU jumped ahead on a deflection by Connor Ford past WMU goalie Austin Cain.

Bowling Green pushed the lead to 3-1 just 3:49 into the second period. Justin Wells found Cameron Wright in the slot and he put the puck past Cain’s stick-side


Passolt pegged one back for Western Michigan, cutting the lead to 3-2 on a power play goal at 9:57. DiPietro quickly moved the puck across the zone to freshman Drew Worrad in the right circle. Worrad found Passolt alone in the slot and the sophomore forward punched it in. The assist was Worrad’s first collegiate point.

Taylor Schneider scored from the slot just 34 seconds into the third period to move the lead back to two goals, 4-2. Casey Linkenheld put the game out of reach later at 11:50 before Lukas Craggs added a late empty-net goal with 1:43 remaining to set the final score.

WMU finished 2-for-7 on the power play, while holding the Falcons to just one goal on five opportunities.

Western Michigan heads on the road for the first time this season, traveling up to Ferris State on Friday for a 7:07 p.m. puck drop. WMU welcomes FSU on Saturday night for a 7:05 p.m. start.