Bowling Green will start their conference slate with a couple points thanks to a dominating performance against the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers.
Chris Nell was steady in net for the Falcons earning his first shutout (20 saves) in his first game for the Falcons. Carmine Guerriero started in net for the Chargers and was overwhelmed with 41 shots in the losing effort.
The Falcons struck first at 6:59 of the first period. While shorthanded the Falcon’s early points leader, Nolan Valleau, centered a pass to Mitchell McLain who sniped a wrister from the slot. The goal was McLain’s first as a Falcon.
Bowling Green would tally their second marker at 19:37 of the first period. Matt Pohlkamp fired the puck around the boards, finding Pierre-Luc Mercier. The sophomore fired fed Kevin Dufour with a cross-ice laser who was wide open on the back door. The goal was Dufour’s fourth of the young season.
Nell faced just four shots in the first period and turned them all aside. Guerriero saved nine shots on 11 attempts.
Brandon Hawkins picked up his first collegiate goal at 15:33 of the second period. The Falcons were on a five-on-three power play. Pierre-Lux Mercier passed to Hawkins who was at the top of the face-off circle. The freshman rocketed a deep shot past the Chargers goalie for the Falcons third goal of the evening.
Guerriero was peppered with shots in the second period, saving 17 of 18 attempts. Nell was more active in the second frame turning aside all nine shots on net.
Matt Pohlkamp stretched the Falcon lead to four at 1:42 of the third. The puck deflected of Pierre-Luc Mercier’s stick to Pohlkamp who beat Guerriero with just enough force.
Ben Murphy notched his first goal of the season and the Falcon’s final marker at 6:42 of the third period, scoring from the top of the face-off circle.
The Falcons finished 2/4 on the power play while Huntsville were 0/4.
The teams will conclude their series tomorrow at 8:07pm EST.