Falcons clinch home ice with 2-0 win over Chargers

By February 25, 2017Game Recaps

Bowling Green, OH – A record breaking perfomance by Chris Nell sealed the Falcons’ home-ice advantage in the first round of the WCHA Playoffs. They downed Alabama-Huntsville 2-0 Saturday night.

Chris Nell started in net for the Falcons and made 38 saves, stopping every Charger attempt. Jordan Uhelski had 36 stops on 38 shots faced.

First Period

The Falcons struck first at 8:49 of the first period. Tyler Spezia collected a rebound, skated behind the Chargers’ net, and deposited the puck on a wraparound goal for his seventh goal of the season. Mitch McLain and Chris Pohlkamp assisted on the play.

Bowling Green tallied their second goal at 13:25 of the first period. Sean Walker forced a turnover while killing a four-on-three penalty. He skated down the right wing the length of the ice before wristing a shot high, beating Uhelski over his glove.

Bowling Green finished the first period with 14 shots on net while Alabama-Huntsville had 11 chances.

Second Period

Neither team managed to find the net in the second period. But, the most notable play came at 5:25 when Chris Nell had to turn aside a breakaway chance by Tyler Poulsen. The junior netminder stopped the low shot to keep the Chargers off the board.

The Falcons had 13 shots in the middle frame, while Alabama-Huntsville had 11 opportunities.

Third Period

The Chargers pulled Uhelski with under two minutes to play in the third period but were unable to find the net, and Chris Nell locked in another shutout to extend his record.

Bowling Green finished the third period with 11 shots on net, while the Chargers had 16 attempts in the final twenty minutes.

With the win the Falcons improve to 17-17-2, 14-13-1-1 on the season. The Chargers season ends at 9-22-3, 9-16-3-0.

Bowling Green will welcome Ferris State next weekend for the WCHA Quarterfinals.


Goals by Period
Shots by Period
0/12, 12
PPs, Shots
0/5, 11
Face-Off Wins

Full Box Score

Three Stars

  1. Chris Nell (BGSU) – 38 saves, SO
  2. Tyler Spezia (BGSU) – GWG
  3. Sean Walker (BGSU) – 1 G

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Drew Evans

About Drew Evans

Drew is a co-founder and the editor for BGSUHockey.com. When he's not in the press box he makes (legal) drugs at a northwest Ohio compounding pharmacy. Drew is entering his eighth season covering Falcon hockey and has been a fan of the program since his time as a student beginning in 2003. He can be reached on Twitter @BGSUHockeySite and by e-mail at Drew@bgsuhockey.com.