Bowling Green, OH – Bowling Green was rewarded for a dominating performance Saturday earning a 3-0 shutout of the Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves.
The Falcons opted to start freshman Ryan Bednard in net, who stopped all 11 shots he faced for his first career shutout and win. The Seawolves stuck with their workhorse Olivier Mantha who made 31 saves on 34 shots faced.
The Falcons opened scoring at 3:38 of the first period. Bowling Green broke out of their own zone in a four-on-one rush down the ice. Mark Friedman skated along the right wing before lifting a pass across the slot to Tyler Spezia. The junior forward finished the play for his fourth goal of the season, and Friedman’s eighth helper.
Bowling Green extended their lead to 2-0 at 6:53 of the first period. Tyler Spezia chopped at the puck, forcing it into the Seawolves’ zone. Lukas Craggs forced a turnover, skated in alone on Mantha, and buried a wrist shot over Mantha’s glove for his third goal of the season.
The Falcons finished the first period with 11 shots on net, while the Seawolves had just five attempts.
Appearing in his first collegiate game, Casey Linkenheld picked up his first career goal. Mitch McLain threw a behind-the-back backhanded pass to Linkenheld in front of the net. The Freshman forward re-directed the puck past Mantha to extend the Falcons’ lead to 3-0.
The Falcons’ defense in the middle frame was suffocating, holding the Seawolves to just two shots on net. Bowling Green challenged Mantha ten times in the second period.
Neither team found the net in the final period, but the Falcons domination continued as they held the Seawolves to just ** shots to secure the shutout for Ryan Bednard. The Falcons finished the period with ** shots on Mantha.
With the win the Falcons improve to 7-7-2, 6-3-1-1 on the season. The Seawolves fall to 1-11-2, 0-6-2-1. Bowling Green will travel to Saulte Ste. Marie, MI next weekend to face the Lake Superior Lakers.
- Tyler Spezia (BGSU) – GWG, 1 A
- Lukas Craggs (BGSU) – 1 G
- Ryan Bednard (BGSU) – 11 saves, SO
Photos by Jessi Renner//BGSUhockey.com