Bowling Green, OH – Bowling Green was forced to comeback from defecits twice Friday to tie the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers, 3-3. The Falcons fell in the shootout to give the Chargers the extra WCHA point.
Eric Dop started in net for the Falcons, making 21 saves on 24 shots faced in regulation. Jordan Uhelski had 24 stops on 27 official Falcon chances.
The Falcons got on the board first at 1:16 of the first period. Mitch McLain collected the puck after Justin Wells had shot the puck from the point off the rear boards. Sam Craggs had the second assist on the scoring play.
The Chargers responded at 5:37 of the first period as Madison Dunn’s hard slap shot beat Dop over his glove. Alabama-Huntsville then took their first lead of the game as Josh Kestner took advantage of a Falcon turnover in Bowling Green’s defensive zone, sending a wrist shot past Dop.
Bowling Green found the net for their second goal of the game at 16:47 of the first period. With the Falcons skating shorthanded Brett D’Andrea forced a turnover on the forecheck. The puck came to Stephen Baylis who spun around, burying his sixth goal of the season.
The Falcons finished the period with seven shots on net while the Chargers had five chances.
The second period didn’t feature any scoring but did allow the game’s goaltenders to show off their skills. Both Dop and Uhelski showcased their recovery skills as they turned aside a pair of two-on-one breakaway chances.
Bowling Green had 10 shots in the middle frame while Alabama-Huntsville had seven chances.
Josh Kestner gave Alabama-Huntsville a 3-2 lead at 16:47 of the third period. Kestner’s fluttering shot beat Dop high over his glove to give the Chargers their second lead of the game.
The Falcons pushed the game to a 3-3 tie at 9:50 of the third period. Connor McDonald sent a slap shot at the net, deflecting off Chargers’ defenseman John Teets and past Uhelski. The goal was McDonald’s second of the season, assisted by Brandon Kruse and Brett D’Andrea.
Neither team found the net again in the third period, sending the game to an overtime period.
Bowling Green had eight shots in the third period while Alabama-Huntsville had nine chances.
Both teams had a pair of shots on net in the overtime period but neither could score the game’s winning goal. The game officially ended as a 3-3 tie but went to a second overtime to determine which team would earn the game’s extra WCHA point.
Second Overtime Period
Bowling Green was forced to kill a late penalty thanks to a holding penalty on Connor McDonald, but the Falcons kept the Chargers from scoring in the second overtime period.
The Chargers had six shots in the second overtime while the Falcons had four chances.
After both skaters scored in the first round of the shootout (Rajic for UAH, Johnson for BGSU), Brandon Salerno scored in the second round while Max Johnson was stymied on his chance. That gave the Chargers the shootout win and extra WCHA point.
The Falcons’ record moves to 7-5-6, 6-2-5-2 while the Chargers’ record now reads 6-9-2, 5-4-2-1. The teams will conclude their weekend series Saturday at 7:07 PM.
- Josh Kestner (UAH) – 2 G
- Brandon Salerno (UAH) – SO G
- Connor McDonald (BGSU) – 1 G
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