Comeback falls short as Falcons fall to ‘Nooks 3-2

By January 20, 2017Game Recaps
Mitch McLain looks for a pass 1/13/17 against Minnesota State. McLain had the Falcons' first goal Friday night (Photo by Todd Pavlack/

Bowling Green, OH – The Falcons had a late power play opportunity to pick up the tying third goal, but weren’t able to find the equalizer. They fell 3-2 to the Alaska Nanooks Friday night at the Slater Family Ice Arena.

Chris Nell started in net for the Falcons, making 21 saves on 24 shots faced. Davis Jones started for Alaska and had 28 stops on 30 shots.

First Period

The Nanooks picked up the games first goal at 7:15 of the first period. Danny Kiraly’s wrist shot hit the far post and John Mullally swiped it back into the net.

Alaska added their second goal with just two seconds remaining on the clock in the first period as Tyler Cline finished a one-timer on a cross-crease pass. The Falcons had just finished killing a five-on-three penalty kill.

The Nanooks finished the first period with 11 shots on net while the Falcons had seven shots on net.

Second Period

Mitch McLain scored the Falcons’ first goal at 4:32 of the first period. Mark Friedman passed the puck across the blue line to Brett D’Andrea, who put a shot towards the net. Mitch McLain collected the loose puck, and with his back to the goal flicked the puck between his legs, beating Jones. The goal was McLain’s 16th of the season.

Alaska scored their third goal of the game at 16:40 of the second period. A shot went off the boards behind Nell’s net. The puck squeezed between Nell’s pads and sat in the crease. Marcus Basara fought off Connor McDonald and poked the puck into the empty net.

The Falcons had 15 shots in the second period while the Nanooks had seven.

Third Period

The Falcons drew back to within one goal at 16:15 of the third period. Tyler Spezia wristed a shot towards the net, but the puck re-directed off of John Schilling’s skate, giving Schilling his fourth goal of the season. Mitch McLain had the second assist on the goal.

Bowling Green had eight shots in the third period while Alaska had six attempts on net.

The Falcons had a late power play chance with an empty net to score the game’s tying goal, but weren’t able to find the net and fell 3-2. With the loss the Falcons fall to 12-14-2, 10-10-1-1. The Nanooks improve to 8-14-3, 7-9-3-3.  The teams will conclude their series Saturday at 7:07.


Goals by Period
Shots by Period
0/4, 0
PPs, Shots
1/6, 5
Face-Off Wins

Full Box Score

Three Stars

  1. Marcus Basara (UAF) – GWG, 1 A
  2. Mitch McLain (BGSU) – 1 G
  3. Davis Jones (UAF) – 28 saves

Press Conference

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