Bowling Green, OH – After a dominating 7-2 win the night before, the Falcons only needed 2 goals in the first period to sweep Alabama-Huntsville 2-1 on Senior Night. Prior to the game Falcon seniors Connor Kucera, Mike Sullivan, Dan DeSalvo, Adam Berkle, and Ted Pletsch were honored before the game. All five seniors were in the starting lineup.
Tommy Burke took the net for the Falcons in his 20th appearance of the season, making 16 saves on 17 shots. Matt Larose countered for the Chargers and stopped 26 of 28 Falcon attempts.
The Falcons struck first at 5:13 of the first period. Dan DeSalvo fed the puck to Connor Kucera who passed across the blueline to Mike Sullivan. The senior defenseman fired a slap shot that deflected off a Huntsville player and found the net behind Larose. The goal was Sullivan’s seventh of his career. The assist gave DeSalvo his 100th career point at Bowling Green.
The Chargers would answer just over two minutes later at 7:54 as Brandon Carlson went bar-down on a wrist shot from the far face-off circle for his fifth of the season.
The Falcons re-took the lead at 18:56 of the first period while on the power play. Sean Walker fed the puck to Mitch McLain who wristed a slot attempt at Larose. The puck struck the goaltender’s glove but still trickled behind him for McLain’s 8th goal of the season.
Burke stopped five of six shots he faced in the first period while Larose stopped 11 of 13 chances.
Todd spoke to Ted Pletsch after the first period. Here’s what the senior forward had to say:
The second period didn’t feature any scoring with each goalie stopping all the chances they faced. The Chargers only had four shots in the third period while the Falcons attempted seven chances.
Todd’s second period guest was Falcon defenseman and senior Connor Kucera. Here’s their interview:
Like the second period, neither team lit the scoreboard and the Falcons earned the sweep against the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers.
Huntsville challenged Burke seven times in the third period, while Larose stopped all eight Falcon attempts.
– The Falcons will welcome sixth-seeded Northern Michigan next week for the quarterfinals of the WCHA Final Five tournament. The series is a best of three with games on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (if needed).
– Brandon Hawkins officially clinched the top WCHA freshman scorer with an assist tonight pushing his stat line to 14-14-28. C.J. Franklin of Minnesota State was second with 7-17-24.
– The Falcon’s nine goals on the weekend are the most they’ve scored since the 12/5/14-12/6/14 series against Northern Michigan (10).