Bowling Green has an offensive defenseman — senior Alec Rauhauser. The Bismarck. N.D., native leads the NATION in scoring for all defenseman.   The former Bismarck Century star currently has 8 goals and 18 assists for a total of 26 points to lead all blue liners in college hockey.

Rauhauser’s scoring output maybe isn’t a surprise — he switched between forward and defense during his time at Century High School in Bismarck, culminating with 67 points from the blueline in his senior season. Those offensive instincts carried directly over to the USHL, where he scored 37 points in both of his full junior hockey seasons with the Des Moines Buccaneers.

Ty Eigner, Alec's coach said he’s gotten better at that aspect of his game every year and has made himself into one of the country’s elite defensemen. He made the WCHA All-Rookie team as a freshman before being selected as an All-American as a sophomore, netting nine goals and 39 points.

But what Eigner and the Bowling Green coaching staff appreciates most about Rauhauser isn’t necessarily how much he puts the puck in the back of the net. His hockey sense is outstanding.

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