McLain’s hat trick paces Falcons to 8-3 win over Chargers

By November 19, 2016Game Recaps
Mitch McLain sets up near the net earlier this season against Bemidji State. McLain had a hat trick in the Falcons' game Saturday against Alabama-Huntsville (Photo by Todd Pavlack/

Huntsville, AL –  Bowling Green’s offense had another big third period to earn an 8-3 over Alabama-Huntsville Saturday night. The win gave the Falcons the weekend sweep and second straight road sweep after downing Northern Michigan in both games last weekend.

Chris Nell was again the starting goalie for Bowling Green, stopping 25 of 28 shots he faced. Carmine Guerriero started in net for Alabama-Huntsville and made 22 saves on 29 shots faced.

First Period

In a similar story to the night prior, the Falcons made life tough on the forecheck for the Chargers. Alabama-Huntsville struggled to move the puck out of their own zone, but the teams remained scoreless after the first twenty minutes of action.

Bowling Green had seven shots on goal in the first period while the Chargers had five.

Second Period

The Falcons struck first just 45 seconds into the second period. Mark Friedman took a shot from just inside the blue line. The long shot was tipped by Mitch McLain, beating Guerriero for the junior forward’s fifth goal of the season.

The Chargers scored their first goal at 10:40 of the middle frame. Austin Beaulieu was able to wrist a loose-puck off a face-off, beating Nell. The Falcons were killing a five-minute major penalty called on Stephen Baylis for boarding. Alabama-Huntsville then tacked on their second goal at 13:37, this time killing a five-on-three Chargers advantage. Brandon Parker scored on a one-timer from the deep point to give the Chargers a 2-1 lead.

The Falcons scored the equalizing goal at 18:26 of the second period. Mark Friedman skated in and ripped a rocket on net. The shot hit the crossbar and came to Mitch McLain. The junior forward shot a quick backhanded opportunity that found a wide-open net. The goal was McLain’s second of the night, and also gave Friedman his second assist of the game as well. Tyler Spezia received the second assist on the goal.

Bowling Green finished the second period with 13 shots on Guerriero. Alabama-Huntsville had 15 shots on Nell.

Third Period

Alabama-Huntsville scored their third goal of the game at 3:28 of the final period on the power play. Josh Kestner scored a one-time goal to give the Chargers a temporary 3-2 lead.

Bowling Green scored their third marker at 3:45 of the third period. Tyler Spezia wristed an unassisted shot on Carmine Guerriero that managed to get past the goal line. The goal was Spezia’s third of the season.

The Falcons then added their fourth goal of the game at 6:19 of the third period. Brett D’Andrea backhanded a rebound goal, popping Guerriero’s water bottle off its perch. The goal was D’Andrea’s third of the season. Sean Walker had the initial shot on Guerriero and got the assist on the play.

Kevin Dufour tallied his second goal of the season at 12:26 of the third period while on the power play. Alec Rauhauser fed the puck to Dufour who was just outside the crease. Dufour spun around, shooting the puck at Guerriero. The shot beat Guerriero to give the Falcons a 5-3 lead.

Kevin Dufour added an empty net insurance goal at 18:27, Lukas Craggs scored a breakaway goal at 19:08, and Mitch McLain scored his hat trick goal at 19:39 to give the Falcons an 8-3 win over Alabama-Huntsville.

The Falcons finished the third period with ten shots on net, while the Chargers had eight attempts. With the win the Falcons improve to 6-7-1, 5-3-0-0 on the season and jump to fourth place in the WCHA standings. The Chargers fall to 4-10-2, 4-6-2-0 on the season.

Bowling Green will travel home next weekend to welcome the Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves to the BGSU Ice Arena.


Goals by Period
Shots by Period
2/4, 1
PPs, Shots
3/7, 9
Face-Off Wins

Full Box Score

Three Stars

  1. Mitch McLain (BGSU) – 3 G
  2. Kevin Dufour (BGSU) – 2 G
  3. Mark Friedman (BGSU) – 3 A
Drew Evans

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