Falcons maintain WCHA lead in 3-1 defeat of Chargers

By December 9, 2017Game Recaps

Bowling Green, OH –┬áThe Falcons had a strong effort Saturday to wrap-up the first half of their WCHA slate. They downed the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers, 3-1.

Ryan Bednard started in net for the Falcons making 11 saves on 12 shots faced. Jordan Uhelski started for the Chargers and had 39 stops on 42 Falcon chances.

First Period

Alec Rauhauser scored the game’s first goal at 8:44 of the first period. Rauhauser netted his fifth goal of the season when he skated down the left wing and sent a wrist shot from the face-off dot past Uhelski.

Connor McDonald picked up his second goal of the weekend at 17:58 of the opening period. His shot from the blue line had eyes, slipping through traffic and beating Uhelski high. The goal was assisted by Tyler Spezia and Justin Wells and was McDonald’s second goal of the weekend and third of the season.

The Falcons finished the first period with 11 shots on net while the Chargers had just four chances.

Second Period

Bowling Green extended their lead to 3-0 at 12:52 of the second period while skating on a five-on-three power play. Alec Rauhauser found Stephen Baylis with a cross-ice pass before Baylis blasted a one-timer from the far face-off circle past Uhelski. The goal was Baylis’ seventh goal of the season and was also assisted by Brandon Kruse.

Bowling Green had another strong period in the second period racking up 17 shots on net while Alabama-Huntsville managed just three attempts.

Third Period

The Chargers finally found the net with a power-play goal at 4:19 of the third period. Tyler Poulsen re-directed a pass from Levi Wunder while skating across the slot to cut the Falcons’ lead to 3-1.

Jordan Uhelski was pulled out of the Chargers’ net with 2:12 to play in the game for an extra attacker and an Alec Rauhauser cross-checking penalty with a minute to play upped the pressure on the Falcons’ defensive play.

But, the Falcons kept the Chargers off the scoreboard for the rest of the period to earn the win.

With the win the Falcons improve to 8-5-6, 7-2-5-2 on the season. The Chargers fall to 6-10-2, 5-5-2-1.

The Falcons will be off until Dember 28th when they welcome Western Michigan to the Slater Family Ice Arena for a single game to wrap-up their 2017 slate of games.

Stats

UAH
 
BGSU
0-0-1
Goals by
Period
2-1-0
4-3-5
Shots by
Period
11-17-14
1/6, 5
Power Plays,
Shots
1/4, 10
6/12:00
Penalties/
Minutes
8/16:00
39
Face-off
Wins
21

Full Box Score

Three Stars

  1. Alec Rauhauser (BGSU) – 1 G, 1 A
  2. Connor McDonald (BGSU) – 1 G
  3. Stephen Baylis (BGSU) – GWG

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Press Conference

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.

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