#17 Falcons throttle Seawolves, 6-2

By January 19, 2018 Game Recaps

Bowling Green, OH – The 17th-ranked Falcons jumped off their two-game schneid Friday, handling WCHA-foe Alaska-Anchorage in a 6-2 win.

Ryan Bednard made a rare Friday start for the Falcons, stopping 17 of 19 shots faced. Olivier Mantha started for the Seawolves and made just four saves on seven shots faced. He was replaced at 10:48 of the first period by freshman Brody Claeys who had 24 stops on 27 chances.

First Period

The Falcons opened the game’s scoring at 6:43 of the opening period. In the waning moments of a power-play chance Alec Rauhauser fed the puck from the point to Cam Wright. The freshman forward eyed his chance and sent a strong wrist shot past Mantha, scoring his ninth goal of the season.

Bowling Green extended their lead to 2-0 at 9:37 of the first period. Sam Craggs skated in on Mantha, forcing the Seawolves’ netminder to sprawl on the ice for the attempted shot. Max Johnson was camped just in front of the net and sent the puck into the net for Johnson’s sixth goal of the season. Adam Smith had the second assist on the scoring play.

Brett D’Andrea extended the Falcons’ lead to 3-0 at 10:26 of the first period. Alec Rauhauser sent a shot on net that was stopped by a Seawolves skater. The puck came to Cam Wright, who spun around and sent a shot of his own on net. Brett D’Andrea angled the shot past Mantha for his sixth goal of the season.

Olivier Mantha was pulled at 10:48 of the opening period, stopping just four shots on seven Falcon attempts. He was replaced by freshman Brody Claeys.

The Seawolves scored their first goal of the game at 14:09 of the opening period. Nathan Renouf re-directed a shot from David Trinkberger to make the score 3-1.

But, the Falcons responded just 4:03 later thanks to Mitch McLain. Brandon Kruse fed McLain from the defensive blue line, springing the senior captain. McLain skated in on Claeys from the left wing, sending a wrist shot past the Seawolves netminder for his 12th goal of the season.

Bowling Green finished the first period with eight shots on net while Alaska-Anchorage had seven chances.

Second Period

The Falcons were benefactors of a fluky goal at 1:16 of the second period. Adam Smith attempted a pass from the Falcons’ zone to center ice but the puck ended up going on-net. Claeys misplayed the pseudo-shot attempt, giving up a five-hole goal. The scoring play was Smith’s first goal and point of the season and was assisted by Mitch McLain.

Bowling Green finished the second period with 15 shots on net while Alaska-Anchorage had five chances.

Third Period

Mason Anderson scored the Seawolves’ second goal at 4:48 of the third period with a wrist shot from the far faceoff circle. The goal cut the Falcons’ lead to 5-2.

But, Tyler Spezia added an insurance goal at 15:38 of the third period to give the Falcons a 6-2 lead and the eventual win. Spezia’s goal was assisted by Johnson and Smith.

Bowling Green finished the third period with 11 shots on net while Alaska-Anchorage had 7 attempts.

With the win, the Falcons improve to 13-8-6, 10-4-5-2 while the Seawolves fall to 2-17-4, 2-12-3-3. The teams will conclude their weekend series Saturday at 7:07 PM.


Goals by
Shots by
0/4, 2
Power Plays,
1/3, 4

Full Box Score

Three Stars

  1. Adam Smith (BGSU) – 1 G, 2 A
  2. Mitch McLain (BGSU) – 1 G, 1 A
  3. Alec Rauhauser (BGSU) – 2 A

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