Bowling Green, OH – The Falcons followed up a dominating offensive performance on Thursday with another one tonight, downing the Seawolves 6-2.
Chris Nell started in net for the Falcons, and made 19 saves on 21 shots faced. Olivier Mantha got the nod for the Seawolves and was pelted with 37 shots, stopping 31.
Matt Pohlkamp opened the scoring at 13:03 of the first period. Sean Walker was serving a penalty for boarding, putting the Falcons down a skater. Mitch McLain broke out on a 2-on-1 play and found Pohlkamp. The short handed goal was Pohlkamp’s sixth marker of the season.
The Seawolves would respond, however, at 8:01 as Brad Duwe cleaned up a rebound just after the Walker penalty had expired.
After a five-minute major and game misconduct penalty was called on UAA’s Eric Roberts the Falcons went on the power play. Falcon defenseman Adam Smith took advantage of the opportunity, scoring on a wrist shot snipe from the right point. The goal was Smith’s first of his career and was assisted by Sean Walker and Kevin Dufour.
The Falcons pushed their lead to 3-1 at 12:15 of the first period, and while still on the power play. This time Brent Tate would be the goal scorer as he finished a shot from Adam Smith that had deflected off the goal post. Sean Walker also assisted on the play that gave Tate his second goal of the season.
The Falcons finished the period with 15 shots on net, while the Seawolves had just four opportunities.
The Falcons pushed their lead to 4-1 at 6:35 of the second period. After taking a pass from Tyler Spezia, senior forward Mark Cooper found Brandon Hawkins on the doorstop in front of the net. Hawkins buried the shot for his seventh goal of the season and second on the weekend series.
Connor McDonald picked up his first goal as a Falcon at 9:35 of the second period. In a similar play to Bowling Green’s fourth goal, McDonald took the puck from Brett D’Andrea after a feed from John Schilling, and found net to push the Falcon lead to 5-1.
The Seawolves pushed back at he end of the second period, as Anthony Cotti was able to score on the back door of the crease at 16:59 of the second period. The Alaska-Anchorage goal took the Seawolves’ deficit to 5-2.
The Seawolves finished the second period with 12 shots on net. The Falcons had eight attempts in the middle frame.
Brandon Hawkins picked up his second goal of the game, and pushed the Falcon lead to 6-2 just 52 seconds into the third period. Hawkins finished off a two-on-one from Mark Friedman for his eighth goal of the season. Chris Pohlkamp had the secondary assist on the play.
Hawkins’ goal would be the final of the game as the Falcons picked up the 6-2 win. Bowling Green finished the third period with 14 shots on Mantha. Alaska-Anchorage had five shots on Nell in the third.
With the win the Falcons improve to 15-7-5, 11-3-4 on the season. The Seawolves fall to 9-12-3, 6-10-2. Bowling Green will welcome the third-place Michigan Tech Huskies next weekend to the Ice Arena.
- Brandon Hawkins (BGSU) – 2 G (GWG)
- Adam Smith (BGSU) – 1 G, 1 A
- Connor McDonald (BGSU) – 1 G, 1 A
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