Bowling Green, OH – BGSU Head Coach Chris Bergeron has spoke about this Falcons team’s difficulty in improving their game after slow starts. While Bowling Green improved after a slow first period, they were unable to find the winning goal in a 2-2 tie with Alaska. The Nanooks won the shootout to earn the extra point in the WCHA standings, but the game is officially recognized as a tie for NCAA/Pairwise purposes.
Ryan Bednard started in net for the Falcons, stopping 29 shots on 31 opportunities. Anton Martinsson started again for Alaska, making 34 saves on 36 shots faced.
The Falcons opened scoring at 9:54 of the first period. Brandon Kruse caused a turnover and skated into the Nanooks’ zone. He fed the puck to Max Johnson on Martinsson’s left. Johnson then found Letourneau to Martinsson’s right, burying a one-timer for his second goal of the season.
Alaska responded just a few minutes later at 12:26, as Kylar Hope managed to deflect a shot from Zach Frye past Bednard as he skated through the slot.
The Falcons finished the first period with eight shots on net, while the Nanooks had 12 chances in the opening frame.
Bowling Green found the net at 7:16 of the second period with a power play marker. Mitch McLain won a face-off in Alaska’s zone, enabling Cam Wright to collect the puck, then found Stephen Baylis skating on-net. Baylis went forehand, backhand with the puck, scoring with a backhanded shot. The goal was Baylis’ second of the night.
Bowling Green and Alaska tied with 11 shot attempts in the second period.
Alaska tied the game at 8:54. Ross Heidt left a trailing pass to a crashing Justin Woods, who forced Bednard to sprawl on a deke before backhanding the puck over a sprawled Bednard.
Neither team was able to find the net again in the third period, and it went to an overtime period.
The Falcons finished the third period with 13 shots on net, while the Nanooks had seven chances.
The Falcons were the benefactors of a late power play in the overtime period, but were unable to find the winning goal in the waning moments of the first overtime. The game then went a second overtime period, this time three-on-three.
Bowling Green finished the overtime period with four shots, while they held Alaska to zero chances.
Second Overtime Period
Bowling Green was again gifted a late power play chance, but couldn’t find the net with the man-advantage. The game then went to a shootout.
The Falcons had a pair of shots in the second overtime, while the Nanooks had once chance.
Chad Staley shot for Alaska, scoring on his chance with a high wrist shot. Brett D’Andrea missed on his chance for Bowling Green to give Alaska the extra point in the WCHA standings.
The Falcons move to 3-3-1, 2-1-1-0 on the season, while the Nanooks’ new record is 2-4-2, 0-1-1-1.
Bowling Green will travel to Houghton, Michigan next weekend to face the Michigan Tech Huskies in a WCHA matchup.
- Justin Woods (UAF) – 1 G
- Anton Martinsson (UAF) – 34 saves
- Ryan Bednard (BGSU) – 29 saves
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