BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Bowling Green snapped a two-game losing streak and matched its season-high for goals in a 6-2 win over Alaska-Anchorage in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game before a crowd of 2,753 in the Ice Arena.
The Falcons, ranked 18th nationally, are 14-7-5 overall and 10-3-4 in the league. BG took sole possession of second place in the WCHA with 24 points, one behind Minnesota State and two ahead of third-place Michigan Tech.
The teams play again Friday night at 7:07.
Alaska-Anchorage started Olivier Mantha in net. The Falcons kept their red-hot sophomore, Chris Nell, in the crease
The Falcons picked up their opening goal at 18:12 of the first period. Adam Smith found Sean Walker, who wristed the puck from deep at the point. The shot beat Mantha, who was screened by BG’s Mark Cooper.
BG finished with 13 shots in the first period. The Seawolves had nine
The Falcons struck for five straight goals and a 6-1 lead after UAA tied the game on Alex Jackstadt’s breakaway goal at 5:24.
Goals off the rush eight seconds apart from Stephen Baylis and Joe McKeown gave the Falcons a 3-1 lead. Baylis scored at 7:51 with a wrist shot from left circle, the puck deflecting in off the left pad of Mantha.
McKeown added his first career goal on another harmless wrist shot from the left circle, beating Mantha on the short side.
The goals by Baylis and McKeown were the third-fastest two goals in BG history, just two seconds shy of the school record. The second-fastest two goals were seven seconds apart.
Brandon Hawkins increased the lead to 4-1 from the right side of the crease, firing in Shane Bednard’s cross-ice pass from the left side.
The lead was 5-1 after Cooper scored a back-door goal from the right side, thanks to Hawkins’ cross-ice pass from deep on the left side.
Mark Friedman made it 6-1 Falcons with a back-hander from the top of the crease. Brett D’Andrea set up goal with a pass from the right-wing boards.
The Falcons out-shot UAA by an 18-10 margin. Mantha was replaced by Jared D’Amico after stopping 23 of 27 shots in 32:11.
After BG turned the puck over in its defensive zone, the Seawolves capitalized with Brad Duwe scoring the crease area at 6:22.
The Seawolves had 12 shots to the period, while BG had 10.
Hawkins finished the game with a goal and two assists, while McKeown had one goal and one assist and Shane Bednard had two assists.
For the game, the Falcons held a 41-30 edge in shots.
- Brandon Hawkins (BGSU) – (1G, 2A)
- Joe McKeown (BGSU) – (1G, 1A)
- Shane Bednard (BGSU) – (2A)
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