Huntsville, AL – A big third period gave Bowling Green their fifth win in six games, as they downed the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers 4-1 Friday night. The win moved the Falcons from seventh in the WCHA to fifth.
Chris Nell started in net for the Falcons, stopping 19 of 20 shots faced. Carmine Guerriero got the nod for the Chargers, making 29 saves on the 32 Falcon shots he faced.
The Falcons carried play early in the game, racking up five shots on goal before the Chargers could challenge Nell. But, despite the early surge and a few power play chances neither team was able to find the net in the first frame.
The Falcons finished the period with ten shots on net. The Chargers had seven attempts turned away by Guerriero.
Alabama-Huntsville scored the game’s first goal at 12:59 of the second period. Kurt Gosselin shot a seeing-eye puck through traffic, beating Nell.
The Falcons finished the period with nine shots on net, while the Chargers had seven attempts.
The Falcons tied the game at 2:16 of the third period. Pierre-Luc Mercier was able to finish off a rebound off a Kevin Dufour shot, giving Mercier his third goal of the season. Frederic Letourneau received the second assist on the Falcons’ scoring play.
Bowling Green took their first lead at 9:15 of the third period. Tyler Spezia scored on a hard wrist shot, beating Guerriero. Alec Rauhauser received the assist on the Falcons’ goal.
The Falcons finished off the Chargers at 18:52 of the third period. Pierre-Luc Mercier wristed a hard shot from the face-off circle, finding twine. The goal was Mercier’s second of the evening, and fourth of the season. Mark Friedman assisted on Mercier’s goal.
Bowling Green sealed the win with a John Schilling empty-net goal at 19:28, securing a 4-1 win. Bowling Green finished the third period with 14 shots in the final period, while the Chargers managed just six shot attempts.
With the win the Falcons improve to 5-7-1, 3-3-0-0. The Chargers fall to 4-8-2, 4-4-2-0. The teams will conclude their weekend series Saturday at 8:07(e).
- Pierre-Luc Mercier (BGSU) – 2 G
- Tyler Spezia (BGSU) – 1 G
- Chris Nell (BGSU) – 19 saves