Bowling Green, OH – The Falcons had opportunities down the stretch to earn three WCHA points. But, Bowling Green had to settle for a double overtime win and two conference points in a 4-3 contest with Alaska-Anchorage.
Chris Nell received the start for Bowling Green, stopping 15 of the 18 Seawolves’ shots he faced. Olivier Mantha got the nod for Alaska-Anchorage, and made 28 saves on 31 shots faced.
Kevin Dufour opened scoring just 46 seconds into the opening period. The senior forward stole the puck in the Seawolves’ zone, skated down the left wing, and buried a quick wrist shot high over Mantha’s glove. The goal was Dufour’s fourth of the season.
The Seawolves responded at 6:31 of the opening period Alex Jackstadt deflected a pass from Cam Amantea cross-ice to the crease, re-directing the puck just enough to slip past Nell.
Both teams had eight shots in the first period.
The Seawolves took a 2-1 lead at 6:48 of the second period. Nicolars Erb-Ekholm one-timed a pass from behind the net by Nathan Renouf to give Alaska-Anchorage their first lead.
But, the Falcons responded just 18 seconds later. Chris Pohlkamp fired a shot from the blue line that was tipped by Brett D’Andrea in front of the net. The shot beat Mantha for D’Andrea’s fourth goal of the season. Sean Walker had the second assist on the scoring play.
The Falcons took a 3-2 lead at 18:44 of the second period while on the power play. Brett D’Andrea fed the puck along the point to Sean Walker. The senior captain wound up and fired a wicked one-timer, beating Mantha off the back iron. Pierre-Luc Mercier had the second assist on the goal. Walker’s marker was his fifth of the season.
Bowling Green picked up 11 shots in the second period, while Alaska-Anchorage had six shots on Nell.
It only took ten seconds in the third period for the Seawolves to again tie the game. Matt Anholt completed a two-on-one rush off the opening face-off for the equalizer.
Neither team was able to find the net again in the third period, and the game went to an overtime period. The Falcons finished the third period with nine shots while the Beavers had six opportunities.
Despite having a power play chance in overtime the Seawolves were unable to convert and the game went to second, three-on-three overtime. The Falcons finished the extra period with three shots on net, while the Seawolves had two.
In the second overtime Mitch McLain was able to finish a Matt Pohlkamp pass to the slot to give the Falcons the double overtime win.
The Falcons record moves to 6-7-2, 5-3-1-1. The Seawolves new record is 1-10-2, 0-5-2-0. The teams will conclude their weekend series Saturday at 7:07.
- Mitch McLain (BGSU) – 1 G
- Sean Walker (BGSU) – 1 G, 1 A
- Brett D’Andrea (BGSU) – 1 G, 1 A
Photos by Jessi Renner // BGSUhockey.com