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|2008–09 Bowling Green Falcons men's ice hockey|
|USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine||—|
|USCHO.com/CBS College Sports||—|
|Head Coach||Scott Paluch|
|Alternate captains||Kevin Schmidt
|Arena||BGSU Ice Arena|
The 2008–09 Bowling Green Falcons men's ice hockey team represented Bowling Green State University in the 2008–09 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season. Their regular season began on October 10, 2008, against RIT and concluded on February 28, 2009, against Western Michigan. Despite finishing last in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, Bowling Green advanced to the 2009 CCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament where they were eliminated two games to none by Ohio State in the opening round.
In May 2008, assistant coach and former Falcon player, Doug Schueller, left the team to become the head coach of the ice hockey team at Saint John's (MN), becoming the 22nd head coach in the Johnnies' history. and was replaced by another former Falcons player and graduate assistant, Dennis Williams, in July. Once again in August, the hockey team lost another assistant coach, when Todd Reirden took a position as assistant coach with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League under former Bowling Green teammate Dan Bylsma and was replaced with Frank Novock who was an assistant with Wayne State University's ice hockey program before it was disbanded.
A month before the season, Paluch named senior defenseman Tim Maxwell and junior defenseman Kyle Page as co-captains for the upcoming season. At the CCHA media day, the Falcons were voted to finish ninth by the league's coaches with 56 points and seventh by the league's media partners with 444 points. Also at the media day, sophomore forward Jacob Cepis was named an honorable mention to the preseason all-conference team. The Falcons entered the season returning 21 letter winners, while losing six including Buffalo Sabres prospect, Derek Whitmore who scored 102 points during his four-year career with Bowling Green.
|[hide]2008 Exhibition Game Log: 1–0–0 (Home: 1–0–0; Road: 0–0–0)|
|1||October 4||Wilfrid Laurier||1–5||Bowling Green||Spratt||—||1–0–0|
|Nick Bailen||R||D||Fredonia, New York||Indiana (USHL)|
|James McIntosh||L||RW||Holland Landing, Ontario||Stouffville (OPJHL)|
|Dean Petiot||L||D||Daysland, Alberta||Camrose (AJHL)|
|Bryan Potacco||L||RW||Kinnelon, New Jersey||St. Michael's (OPJHL)|
|Cameron Sinclair||L||LW||Windsor, Ontario||Surrey (BCHL)|
|Brennan Vargas||L||RW||Coon Rapids, Minnesota||Burnaby (BCHL)|
|2008–09 Central Collegiate Hockey Association standingsv •d •e|
|#4 Notre Dame†*||28||21||4||3||3||48||95||52||40||31||6||3||135||69|
|#2 Miami (OH)||28||17||7||4||2||40||89||57||41||23||13||5||128||89|
|Lake Superior State||28||7||15||6||1||21||73||86||39||11||20||8||110||115|
|Championship: Notre Dame
† indicates conference regular season champion
Final rankings: USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 Poll
Schedule and resultsEdit
- Green background indicates shootout/overtime win (conference only) or win (2 points).
- Red background indicates regulation loss (0 points).
- White background indicates overtime/shootout loss (conference only) or tie (1 point).
|2008–09 Game Log|
† Denotes a non-conference game
° Denotes 2009 CCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament first round
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes
Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time on ice; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average; G = Goals; A = Assists; PIM = Penalty minutes
As of August 15, 2010. 
|1||Andrew Hammond||L||Sophomore||Surrey, British Columbia||Vernon (BCHL)|
|30||Scott Zacharias||R||Freshman||Winnipeg, Manitoba||Pembroke (CJHL)|
|31||Nick Eno (BUF)||L||Senior||Howell, Michigan||Green Mtn. (EJHL)|
|2||Ryan Peltoma||R||Sophomore||Brainerd, Minnesota||North Iowa (NAHL)|
|4||Michael Montrose||L||Freshman||Howell, Michigan||Tri-City (USHL)|
|7||Jake Sloat||L||Freshman||Louisville, Colorado||Owatonna (NAHL)|
|8||Ian Ruel||R||Sophomore||Ann Arbor, Michigan||Omaha (USHL)|
|15||Andrew Krelove||R||Senior||Thunder Bay, Ontario||Des Moines (USHL)|
|23||Max Grover||R||Sophomore||Kentwood, Michigan||Sioux Falls (USHL)|
|25||Reed Rushing||R||Sophomore||Seattle, Washington||Marquette (NAHL)|
|28||Robert Shea||R||Sophomore||Harrison Township, Michigan||Green Bay (USHL)|
|5||David Solway (C)||L||Senior||Green Bay, Wisconsin||Sioux Falls (USHL)|
|6||Jerry Freismuth||L||Sophomore||Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan||Alexandria (NAHL)|
|10||Marc Rodriguez||L||Sophomore||Aurora, Illinois||Sioux Falls (USHL)|
|11||Wade Finegan||R||Senior||Toronto, Ontario||Georgetown (OJHL)|
|12||Bryce Williamson||R||Freshman||Seba Beach, Alberta||St. Albert (AJHL)|
|13||Nathan Pageau||L||Sophomore||Gatineau Quebec||Hamilton (OJHL)|
|14||Camden Wojtala||L||Freshman||Trenton, Michigan||Omaha (USHL)|
|16||Chad Sumsion||L||Freshman||Woodstock, Ontario||Newmarket (OJHL)|
|17||James McIntosh||L||Junior||Holland Landing, Ontario||Stouffville (OJHL)|
|18||Ryan Viselli||R||Freshman||Winsor, Ontario||Penticton (BCHL)|
|20||Cameron Sinclair||L||Junior||Windsor, Ontario||Surrey (BCHL)|
|21||Jordan Samuels-Thomas (ATL)||L||Sophomore||Windsor, Connecticut||Waterloo (USHL)|
|22||Brennan Vargas||L||Junior||Coon Rapids, Minnesota||Burnaby (BCHL)|
|24||Brett Mohler||R||Freshman||Yorba Linda, California||Tri-City (USHL)|
|26||Mike Fink||L||Freshman||Minnetonka, Minnesota||Des Moines (USHL)|
|27||Andrew Wallace||L||Freshman||Bedford, Nova Scotia Nova Scotia||Surrey (BCHL)|
*# Senior defenseman Tim Maxwell left the team on December 1, 2008 to pursue a professional hockey career, signing an Amateur Tryout Contract with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL.
*## Sophomore forward Jacob Cepis left the team on December 18, 2008 citing personal reasons.
*### Freshman defenseman Dean Petiot left the team in early January 2009 citing personal/family reasons.
*#### Senior defenseman Russ Sinkewich left the team on February 4, 2009 and signed with the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL.