Huntsville, AL – A late 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.
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.
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.
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.
- Austin Beaulieu (UAH) – GWG, 1 A
- Josh Kestner (UAH) – 1 G
- Jordan Uhelski (UAH) – 30 saves