Huntsville, AL – The 15th-ranked Falcons started their preparation for the WCHA Playoffs on a high note, downing Alabama-Huntsville 3-0 Saturday.
Ryan Bednard started in net for the Falcons and stopped all 23 shots he faced.. Jordan Helski had 28 saves on 31 opportunities for the Chargers.
The Falcons struck first at 9:49 of the first period. Chris Pohlkamp sent a shot on net from the point, but his attempt was deflected by Connor Ford. The re-direction was just enough to cross up Uhelski to give Ford his seventh goal of the season. Lukas Craggs had the second assist on the play.
Bowling Green added to their lead at 15:35 of the first period. Brett D’Andrea beat Uhelski from the slot after taking a precise pass from Cam Wright in the far corner. D’Andrea’s goal was his eighth of the season and was also assisted by Stephen Baylis, his third point of the weekend.
The Falcons had 11 shots in the opening period while the Chargers had 10 chances.
Bowling Green extended their lead to 3-0 just 55 seconds into the second period on the power play. Brandon Kruse passed to Mitch McLain at the far faceoff circle. McLain sent a low shot that beat Uhelski five-hole. The goal was also assisted by Alec Rauhauser and is McLain’s 96th point as a Falcon.
The Falcons challenged Uhelski 12 times in the middle frame while the Chargers managed just three shots on Bednard in the second period.
The Falcons’ defense was stout in the final period to keep the Chargers off the board, earning Bednard his second shutout of the season and third of his career.
Bowling Green and Alabama-Huntsville had nine shots in the final frame.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 20-10-6, 17-6-5-2. The Chargers fall to 11-21-2, 10-16-2-1.
Bowling Green will welcome the six seed in the WCHA Playoffs to the Slater Family Ice Arena next weekend. The seeds are still yet to be determined.