Falcons Host Bulldogs Tonight (Jan. 16)

Jan. 16, 2006


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GAME #25
BGSU vs. Ferris State

TODAY Jan. 16
7:05 p.m. (BGSU Ice Arena)

RECORDS: BGSU 11-12-1, 7-9-1 CCHA // Ferris State 9-8-5, 4-6-4 CCHA
RADIO: WBGU-FM (88.1) - Andy Evans
SERIES: BGSU leads, 48-38-11
LAST MEETING: FSU W, 2-1 (Oct. 29, 2005)

The Series With Ferris State
As stated before, the Monday tilt with Ferris State is the makeup game with the Bulldogs back on Oct. 27, when there was an ice problem, causing the game to be postponed and eventually cancelled. Despite the two teams skating to a 0-0 tie through one period, the game will feature a full three periods of action. The Falcons own an all-time record of 48-38-11 over the Bulldogs. Last season the Falcons took home three-of-four points with a 5-5 tie and a 4-2 win. Already this season Ferris captured a 2-1 win back on Oct. 29 in Big Rapids, Mich.

Take Me To Your Leader
Sophomore Alex Foster is currently first in the country with 31 assists and is tied for first with his 39 overall points with Scott Parse (UNO). He also ranks second with 1.29 helpers per game and 1.62 points per contest. Foster recorded eight points (0g, 8a) for the month of December after being named CCHA Offensive Player of the month in November (4g, 14a). He is currently on aa 10-game point streak (3-12-15) and has scored a point in every game but three this season.


Falcons Have Won Eight-of-Ten
• BGSU has currently won eight of their last 10 contests, their best 10 game span since the 1995-96 season when the Falcons went 9-2-0 from Jan. 27 through Feb. 24. • The Falcons are averaging 4.4 goals per game, while holding the opposition to 2.5 goals per game. They have held their opponents to two goals or less in 7-of-10 games. • The BGSU power play has converted on 14-of-58 (.241) power-play opportunities, while stopping 43-of-52 (.827) opposing power-play attempts. • Senior Jon Horrell is 6-1-0 with a 2.03 gaa and a .940 save percentage. He has stopped 221-of-235 shots faced in the last seven games. • Freshman Jimmy Spratt is 2-1-0 with wins over Michigan State and Western Michigan. He has a 3.02 gaa and an .875 save percentage. • The Falcons have beat four ranked opponents including #14 St. Lawrence, #12 Colgate and a pair of wins over #16 Ohio State. • Players averaging at least one point a game include: Alex Foster (3-12-15), Jonathan Matsumoto (6-5-11), Derek Whitmore (7-3-10) and James Unger (4-6-10). • They are dominating the opening two periods of the contests, out-scoring the opposition 12-4 in the first period and 20-13 in the second. They also hold a 12-8 advantage in the third. • Senior Jon Horrell at one point went 112:10 seconds without giving up a goal (last 40:46 at UConn, 60:00 mins. vs. Colgate and 11:24 mins. into the OSU contest). Prior to the WMU contest he currently has given up two goals in his last 220:46 of action (span of four games) • 13 different Falcons have scored a goal in the last 10 games, while 21 different Falcons have scored at least one point. • The shutout of #12 Colgate (4-0) and #16 Ohio State (2-0) was the first time the Falcons had a pair of shutouts in the same week since Feb. 8, 1997 (11-0 vs. WMU) and Feb. 12, 1977 (4-0 vs. NMU). • They are 3-0 on the road with victories over UConn (9-2), Ohio State (3-2) and Western Michigan (5-2). • The Falcons are a plus-65 as a team the last 10 games. They are led by Mike Nesdill (+9), Derek Whitmore (+7), and John Mazzei (+6).

Road Warriors?
After starting the season 0-5-1 on the road the Falcons have won their last three contests away from the BGSU Ice Arena. They claimed a 9-2 win at UConn, a 3-2 thriller at Ohio State, and a 5-2 win in Kalamazoo versus Western Michigan. In those three contests the Falcons are averaging 5.7 goals per game, while allowing just 2.0 goals. The Falcon power play is 5-for-16 (.312), while the penalty kill has been stellar (15-of-16, .938).

Falcons In The CCHA
Entering the weekend with Ohio State the Falcons were tied for last-place in the CCHA with nine points. Following the sweep of OSU and a split with WMU, the Brown and Orange climbed all the way into seventh-place in the CCHA with 15 points. The Falcons are only four points out of second, but also only three points ahead of last-place Western Michigan.

Horrell Tops Among CCHA Goalies of the Week
Senior Jon Horrell has been named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association's Goalie of the Week three times this season, more then any other goalie in the conference. He is just one week removed from being named CCHA Goalie of the Week on back-to-back weeks on Jan. 2 and Jan. 9 as well as the award back on Oct. 24. He earned his first recognition in a 2-2 tie with Ohio State where he stopped 41-of-43 OSU shots, a career-high. His second award came after stopping 70-of-73 shots at the UConn Tournament in a pair of wins, en route to being named to the all-tournament team. His third nomination was awarded to the senior after he backstopped the Falcons to a sweep of Ohio State, allowing only two goals in 120:00 minutes of action as well as a 4-0 shutout of Colgate, recording 22 saves.

Foster + Matsumoto = Dynamic Duo
This season the sophomore duo of Alex Foster (8g, 31a) and Jonathan Matsumoto (13g, 19a) have combined to score 21 goals and 50 assists in just 24 games this season. This duo, that is averaging .875 goals per game, 2.08 assists and 2.96 points per game, is the third-best pair in the country. 1. Brett Sterling (38)/Marty Sertich (35) have 73 points (CC)
2. Scott Parse (39)/Bill Thomas (33) have 72 points (Nebraska-Omaha)
3. Alex Foster (39)/Jonathan Matsumoto (32) have 71 points (BGSU)
4. Jamie Hunt (32)/Dave Borrelli (29) have 61 points (Mercyhurst)
5. Joe Pavelski (31)/Robbie Earl (28) have 59 points (Wisconsin)

Falcons Sweep Ohio State For First Time In Nearly Seven Years
• The weekend sweep over Ohio State was the first sweep over the Buckeyes since March of 1999. • The win on Jan. 6 was the first win for any Falcon on the current team over OSU and gave BGSU head coach Scott Paluch his first win over the Buckeyes as well. • The last time BGSU shutout the Buckeyes came back on March 6, 1999. • Bowling Green had their best defensive effort for a weekend, allowing just two goals in the two games. • Jon Horrell averaged 1.00 goals per game, stopped 61-63 shots faced and recorded a .968 save percentage. • The Falcons had their largest home crowd of the season on Saturday night with 3,680 spectators in attendance. • BGSU was 2-for-14 on the power play, while OSU was 0-for-13 with the man advantage. • The Falcons finished the regular season with a 2-1-1 record over OSU. The last time BGSU captured five points in the regular season series with the Buckeyes was the 1996-97 season.

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