Bowling Green, OH – Despite taking a 2-0 deficit into the first intermission, 17th-ranked Bowling Green scored three goals in a row to take a 3-2 win over Alaska-Anchorage Saturday.
Eric Dop started in net for the Falcons, making 22 saves on 24 shots faced. Olivier Mantha stopped 37 shots on 40 chances for the Seawolves.
The Seawolves opened the game’s scoring at 7:22 of the first period. Tad Kozun lifted a backhand chance over Dop’s pads to give Alaska-Anchorage the early 1-0 lead. Alaska-Anchorage extended their lead to 2-0 with just seven seconds left in the period. Alec Butcher skated in from the point, made a series of moves, then beat Dop with a backhand shot over the pad.
The Falcons and Seawolves finished the first period with 12 shots apiece.
The Falcons were finally able to solve Mantha at 6:48 of the second period. Brandon Kruse found Chris Pohlkamp skating in from the far point. Pohlkamp’s wrist shot beat Mantha on his blocker side to push the score to 2-1. The goal was Pohlkamp’s first of the season and was also assisted by Mitch McLain.
Bowling Green had 17 shots in the middle frame while holding Alaska-Anchorage to just six attempts.
The Falcons scored the game’s tying goal at 1:09 of the third period with a power-play goal. Alec Rauhauser passed to Brandon Kruse in the face-off circle. Kruse sent a centering pass to Max Johnson who buried his seventh goal of the season.
Bowling Green took their first lead of the game at 13:03 of the third period. Casey Linkenheld skated down the left-wing before sending a pass to Brandon Kruse who was heading to the net. Kruse re-directed Linkenheld’s pass between Mantha and the near post for his seventh goal of the season. Brett D’Andrea had the second assist on the scoring play that ended up counting as the game-winning marker.
The Falcons finished the third period with 11 shots on net while the Seawolves had six chances.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 14-8-6, 11-4-5-2 while the Seawolves fall to 2-18-4, 2-13-3-3. Bowling Green will travel to “The Soo” next weekend to continue WCHA-action with Lake Superior.
- Brandon Kruse (BGSU) – GWG, 2 A
- Max Johnson (BGSU) – 1 G
- Eric Dop (BGSU) – 22 saves
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