While the Falcons were looking for a four point sweep, they will be happy taking three points after a bad start against a dangerous Nanooks team.
Tomas Sholl made his fifth start of the season for the Falcons, stopping six of eight shots during a short night. He was replaced by Tommy Burke near the end of the first period who stopped 20 of 22 attempts. Davis Jones countered for the Nanooks and made 32 saves on 36 attempts.
The Nanooks struck first at 9:37 of the first period. Colton Parayko fed a pass to Tyler Morley. The junior forward skated across Sholl and backhanded a shot between Sholl’s blockers. The goal was Morley’s seventh of the season.
Alaska doubled their lead just over four minutes later as Trevor Campbell wristed a shot from deep outside the face-off circle. The goal squeezed in just inside the far post.
The Falcons managed to get their first goal at 16:13 of the first period while on a five-on-three advantage. Nolan Valleau passed to Kevin Dufour at the point. Dufour passed across the point to Sean Walker who fired a one-time slapshot past Jones for his third goal of the season.
Alaska thought they were looking at a two goal lead at 16:38 as it appeared they had notched their third marker against Sholl. But after a replay it was determined the puck had actually went under the net as opposed to in the mouth. The close-call ended Tomas Sholl’s night as Coach Bergeron decided to play Tommy Burke in relief.
The Falcons challenged Jones 17 times in the first period. Alaska had eight shots on Sholl for six saves while Burke turned aside the one and only chance he faced.
The Nanooks picked up their third goal of the game at 4:20 of the second period. Brent Tate turned the puck over to Shawn Hochhausen right outside of Burke’s crease. The sophomore forward slid the puck past Burke for his second goal of the season.
Alaska picked up goal number four at 12:37 as Tyler Morley cleared the puck out of the zone during a five-on-three penalty kill. The clearing attempt came right to Marcus Basara who had just come out of the penalty box after serving his high-sticking penalty. Basara skated onto Burke unopposed, had his initial shot stopped, and scored by slapping the puck in while it was in mid-air.
Alaska challenged Burke eight times in the second period with the junior goaltender making six saves. Jones turned aside the four shots he faced for Alaska.
Bowling Green picked up their second goal of the game at 9:10 of the third period. Sean walker found Pierre-Luc Mercier who passed back to Sean Walker at the point. Walker lined up and found net behind Jones’s glove side.
Ben Murphy gave the Falcons their third goal at 19:15 of the period as he shot a puck on net that beat a screened Jones. Murphy completed the Falcon comeback at 19:39 with another six-on-five score.
Burke made all 12 saves in the third period while Jones stopped 10 of 13.
The Falcons had numerous chances to take a fifth goal but weren’t able to score the game winner and the teams skated to a tie.
Bowling Green got a pair of shots on Jones while the Nanooks only challenged Burke once.
Bowling Green moves to 13-3-4, 9-1-2 on the season while the Nanooks will head home with a mark of 12-9-1, 7-8-1 on the year. The Falcons will travel to Houghton, MI to play the Michigan Tech Huskies next weekend. The Nanooks will head back to Alaska to welcome rival Anchorage.
– By the time the Falcons will play Michigan tech on 1/16/15 they will have gone 63 days since their last defeat (3-2 loss to Ohio State). Their last WCHA defeat came on 10/31/14 against Minnesota State (5-2 loss), which will be 77 days ago on Friday.
– In his relief effort Tommy Burke earned the win and pushed his stat line to 4-0-2 (1st WCHA), .924 SV% (4th WCHA), 2.21 GAA (5th WCHA).
– Through the last six games Ben Murphy has scored 4 goals and 2 assists.