Anchorage, AK – The 14th-ranked Falcons scored four goals in the final period to down Alaska-Anchorage 5-2 late Thursday night.
Ryan Bednard started in net for the Falcons, stopping 26 of 28 shots faced. Brody Claeys countered for the Seawolves and had 25 saves on 29 attempts.
Neither team was able to solve the opposing goaltender in the first period. Both teams had eight shots on net in the opening frame.
The Falcons started the second period on the power play and took advantage with a goal 54 seconds into the period. Brandon Kruse skated in down the wing and around the Seawolves’ net. He found Max Johnson camped in the slot, who powered a one-timer slap shot past Claeys for his 10th goal of the season. Alec Rauhauser had the second assist on the power-play goal.
The Seawolves responded at 9:16 of the second period. Tomi Hiekkavirta beat Bednard with a high wrist shot to push the game to a 1-1 tie.
Alaska-Anchorage had 14 shots in the middle frame while Bowling Green had nine chances.
Tyler Spezia re-took the lead for the Falcons at 1:49 of the third period. Spezia broke out on a two-on-one chance before wristing a shot that beat Claeys low to the far side. The goal was assisted by Mitch McLain and Brandon Kruse.
The Seawolves answered with their second goal just 32 seconds later as Jarrett Brown finished a rebound off a shot by Alex Jacstadt.
Lukas Craggs gave the Falcons their third lead of the game at 11:07 of the third period with an unassisted marker. Craggs skated in with a two-on-one breakaway and fired a wrist shot high that popped Claeys’ water bottle off the top of the cage for his ninth goal of the season.
Bowling Green extended their lead to 4-2 at 14:36 of the third period. Max Johnson skated in on net, thread the puck between the legs of a Seawolves defender, then fired a shot on net. Claeys made the initial save but the rebound came to Stephen Baylis who buried the chance for his ninth goal of the season. Frederic Letourneau had the second assist on the highlight reel play.
Claeys was pulled for the extra attacker at 1:41 of the third period, but a Lukas Craggs’ empty-net goal with 56 seconds to play sealed the 5-2 win for Bowling Green. Rauhauser assisted on the empty-net goal.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 18-9-6, 15-5-5-2 while the Seawolves fall to 2-25-4, 2-20-3-3. The teams will conclude their series Friday at 11:07 PM.
- Lukas Craggs (BGSU) – 2 G (GWG)
- Max Johnson (BGSU) – 1 G, 1 A
- Jordan Xavier (UAA) – 2 A