Late Charger goal dooms #15 Falcons in 3-2 loss

By February 23, 2018Game Recaps
Alec Rauhauser fights off a Charger defender on 12/9/17. Rauhauser scored the Falcons' second goal Friday against Alabama-Huntsville (Photo by Todd Pavlack/BGSUHockey.com).

Huntsville, AL – A┬álate goal by Alabama-Huntsville with just over a minute to play in the game sealed a 3-2 win for the Chargers over the 15th-ranked Falcons.

Ryan Bednard started in net for the Falcons, making 20 saves on 23 shots faced. Jordan Uhelski had 30 stops on 32 chances for the Chargers.

First Period

Neither team could find the net in the game’s opening period. Brett D’Andrea’s night came to an abrupt end at 19:32 of the opening frame after he was called for a five-minute major and game misconduct for checking from behind.

The Falcons had five shots in the first period while the Chargers had nine chances.

Second Period

Max McHugh scored the game’s first goal at 3:21 of the second period on the power play. Ryan Bednard had skated behind his net to play the puck. But, a mix-up between Falcon teammates resulted in Austin Beaulieu stealing the puck and finding Max McHugh who beat a sprawling Bednard.

Bowling Green scored their first goal at 10:13 of the second period. Mitch McLain took a cross-ice pass from Stephen Baylis and wristed a shot high that beat a diving Uhelski for his 15th goal of the season. The power-play goal was also assisted by Brandon Kruse.

The Falcons extended their lead to 2-1 at 18:33 of the middle frame. Baylis was again the set-up man as he found Alec Rauhauser at the top of the zone. Rauhauser snapped a shot that threaded through traffic, beating Uhelski for his eighth goal of the season.

Bowling Green had 13 shots in the second period while Alabama-Huntsville had four chances.

Third Period

The Chargers tied the game at 7:33 of the third period. Josh Kestner was the goal scorer for UAH with a wrist shot from the far faceoff circle. The Falcons were down a pair of skaters on the penalty kill at the time of the Charger goal.

Austin Beaulieu scored a deflection goal with just 1:18 left on the clock to give the Chargers a 3-2 lead and ultimately the victory.

Bowling Green had 14 shots in the final period while Alabama-Huntsville had 10 chances.

With the loss, the Falcons fall to 19-10-6, 16-6-5-2 on the season. The Chargers improve to 11-20-2, 10-16-2-1. The teams will conclude their regular season slate and weekend series Saturday at 4:07 ET.

With a Northern Michigan win Friday night, Bowling Green will finish in third in the WCHA standings regardless of Saturday’s outcomes.

Stats

BGSU
 
UAH
0-2-0
Goals by
Period
0-1-2
5-13-14
Shots by
Period
9-4-10
2/5, 8
Power Plays,
Shots
2/4, 10
4/19:00
Penalties/
Minutes
5/13:00
34
Face-Off Wins
20

Full Box Score

Three Stars

  1. Austin Beaulieu (UAH) – GWG, 1 A
  2. Josh Kestner (UAH) – 1 G
  3. Jordan Uhelski (UAH) – 30 saves
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.