Bowling Green, OH – The Falcons took the Chargers’ best shot at a split, but played strong enough to earn a weekend sweep 4-3 Saturday. The Falcons are unbeaten in their last nine games at the BGSU Ice Arena.
Chris Nell made the start for the Falcons, making 33 saves on 36 attempts after getting the nod Friday. Mike Corbett chose to start Carmine Guerriero after playing Matt Larose the night before. Guerriero stopped 24 of 27 chances he faced.
The Falcons started strong after a weak game Friday that saw the players call a closed-doors meeting post game. Bowling Green’s penalty kill got an early test at 16:22 of the opening period. After giving up both of the Charger goals on the power play the night before, the Falcons kept Huntsville off the board.
The Falcon penalty kill saw its second chance at 18:41 of the first period as Mitch McLain was whistled for interference. The Falcons killed the first 1:19 of the penalty to end the first period.
Bowling Green was credited with eight shots for the first period, while the Chargers had 12 attempts on Nell.
The Falcons began the period by killing the final :41 of UAH penalty time without any shots. Bowling Green got a power play chance at 3:09 of the second period as Richard Buri was called for boarding Kevin Dufour. The Falcon power play only managed one shot on Guerriero, however, and the game remained scoreless.
Dufour would again draw a penalty at 8:17. Cam Knight cross-checked the junior forward and the Falcons went on their third man-advantage. Bowling Green would convert on that chance at 10:04.
Sean Walker passed across the blueline to Mark Friedman. The sophomore defenseman dished the puck to Matt Pohlkamp at the face-off circle who wristed the puck high, beating Guerriero thanks to a screen from Brent Tate. The goal was Pohlkamp’s fourth of the season.
The Chargers tied the game up at 11:32. Jetlan Houcher passed to Max McHugh whose shot from the deep slot deflected off of Brandon Carlson and trickled past Nell. The goal was a power play marker as the Falcons’ Jakob Reichert was serving a boarding penalty.
Bowling Green was forced to defend an extended penalty kill at 14:32 of the second period as Mark Cooper was called for a five-minute major and game misconduct for hitting from behind. The Falcon penalty stymied the Chargers, killing the penalty and running out the second period.
The Falcons had nine shots in the second period with Guerriero stopping eight of those chances. The Chargers had 17 shots in the second period with Nell saving 16 of those attempts.
The Falcons took a 2-1 lead at 3:26 of the third period. Pierre-Luc Mercier skated on a 2-on-1 with Matt Pohlkamp. Mercier passed across the slot to Pohlkamp who found the net for his second goal of the game and fifth of the season.
The Chargers’ Madison Dunn had his night end at 7:26 of the third period as he was called for five-minute major and game misconduct for hitting from behind. Sean Walker drew the penalty on the play.
Alabama-Huntsville had a series of chances late in the period to make a comeback after a couple of Falcon penalties by Matt Pohlkamp (roughing) and Mitch McLain (interference). The Falcons managed to kill both chances, but at 18:36 Brandon Parker buried a wrist shot after pinching in.
The Chargers pulled Guerriero with less than a minute to play for an extra attacker. However, Pierre-Luc Mercier buried a wrist shot at 19:33 for his second goal of the season.
But, the resilient Chargers struck back at 19:51 as Brian Fletcher beat Nell five-hole. Despite the late push the Falcons would hold on for the final eight seconds for the weekend sweep of the Chargers.
Alabama-Huntsville had seven shots in the third period, scoring on two of those chances. Bowling Green had 11 shots in the third period, scoring on three attempts.
The Falcons improve to 7-3-3, 4-2-2. The Chargers fall to 3-6-1, 2-5-1 on the season.
The Falcons will welcome the Northern Michigan Wildcats next weekend for another WCHA series.
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- Matt Pohlkamp (BGSU) – 2 G, 2 A, +2
- Pierre-Luc Mercier (BGSU) – GWG, 1 A +2
- Sean Walker (BGSU) – 2 A
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