Alaska opened the scoring at 7:15 of the first period thanks to a Troy Van Tetering deflection goal. It would be Dop’s only blemish of the night.
Mitch McLain added a deflection goal of his own at 11:06 of the second period, tipping a shot from Carson Musser. The Falcons took a 2-1 lead 55 seconds into the third period thanks to an Alec Rauhauser marker. Strong play by freshman goaltender Eric Dop down the stretch earned the Falcons a 2-1 win.
They Said It
Falcon Head Coach Chris Bergeron and freshman goaltender Eric Dop met with the media during the post game press conference:
A Couple More Firsts
Mitch McLain and Alec Rauhauser picked up their first goals of the season Friday. McLain is coming off a season where he scored 17 goals, while Rauhauser had five a season ago.
Rauhauser’s five points (1-4-5) places him second on the team behind freshman forward Cam Wright (3-3-6).
Rain Drop, Dop Stops
Freshmen netminder Eric Dop continued his strong play on the season Friday. Dop stopped 25 shots including 14 chances in the third period. His 2.00 overall GAA is good enough for third in the WCHA, while his .932 save percentage overall slots him in at second in the conference.
Falcons Hurt in Flight
Bowling Green is fighting an early season injury bug. Jacob Dalton remains out with a shoulder injury. He joins Tyler Spezia and Chris Pohlkamp who were scratched from Friday’s game. Dalton’s injury was described as “week-to-week” eligibility. Spezia and Pohlkamp’s statuses were explained as being more long-term, at least a month.
Around the League
#12 Minnesota State downed #16 Michigan Tech 3-1 while Ferris State and Bemidji State skated to a 2-2 tie (BSU took the extra point in the shootout).
In nonconference action the league struggled Friday. Alabama-Huntsville was throttled 5-1 by Cornell and Michigan State beat Lake Superior 4-3.
The Falcons and Nanooks will conclude their weekend series Saturday at 7:07 PM. They enter Saturday’s game with a chance to jump to first place in the WCHA with a win and Michigan Tech loss.