Anchorage, AK – The Falcons needed a single point to clinch home ice. With a win and two WCHA points they have also clinched third place in the conference.
Tommy Burke started in net for Bowling Green and made 18 saves on 21 attempts. Anchorage started Olivier Mantha who stopped 28 shots on 32 attempts.
The Falcons struck first at 6:37 of the first period. With a three-on-two rush Dajon Mingo fed the puck to Brett D’Andrea. The freshman forward skated down the middle of the Anchorage zone and wristed a rocket from deep in the slot and beat Mantha for his third goal of the season.
Tommy Burke stopped all nine shots he faced in the first period while Olivier Mantha stopped six of seven Falcon attempts.
The Falcons picked up their second of the game at 2:53 of the second period. Mitch McLain attempted to pass across the slot to Matt Pohlkamp but the puck hit an Anchorage skater who had laid down to stop the pass. The puck deflected off the Seawolf skater and trickled past Mantha for McLain’s seventh goal of the season.
The Seawolves scored their first goal of game at 8:18 of the second period while shorthanded. Blake Tatchell stole the puck and skated onto Burke unassisted. Tatchell shot towards Burke’s stick side and beat the junior goaltender.
Anchorage challenged Burke six times in the second period and he saved five of those shots. Mantha stopped eight of nine Falcon attempts.
Anchorage tied the game up at just :35 of the third period. The Seawolves won an offensive zone face-off and Brad Duwe found the puck. He wristed a shot towards Burke that beat him low to his stick side.
Adam Berkle scored his seventh goal of the season while the Falcons were on a five minute power play at 6:06 of the third period. Pierre-Luc Mercier centered a pass to Berkle in the slot. The senior forward quickly wristed a shot low that beat Mantha through his five hole.
The Seawolves tied the game back up at 9:34 of the third period on the power play. Anchorage had a five-on-three power play when Brad Duwe cleaned up a rebound off a shot by Tad Kozun.
The Falcons again took the lead at 12:38. Brandon Hawkins fired a shot that the Anchorage skaters thought had went into the netting. They stopped skating and watched as Mark Cooper fed Hawkins who scored on his second chance.
The Seawolves had a late chance with Mantha pulled but the Falcons held them off to earn the win.
Tommy Burke stopped four of six attempts in the final frame while Mantha stopped 14 of 16.
With the win the Falcons improve to 19-9-5, 15-7-3 on the season. The Seawolves fall to 7-20-4, 4-19-2…The Falcons sit at #12 in the Pairwise rankings as of the conclusion of this game…Brandon Hawkins (12-11-23) is tied with C.J. Franklin (7-16-23) of Minnesota State for the lead among WCHA freshman with 23 points on the season.