Huntsville, AL – The 12th-ranked Falcons scored six times, including a pair of elusive power-play markers, to rout the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers 6-2 Saturday.
Ryan Bednard had 26 saves on 28 attempts for the Falcons. Mark Sinclair had 24 stops on 30 shots faced for the Chargers.
The Falcons opened the game’s scoring at 6:40 of the first period. The Chargers turned the puck over at the neutral zone as they were making a line change. Sam Craggs collected the loose puck, skated in on Sinclair, and found the net with a wrist shot between Sinclair and the near-post. The goal was Craggs’ second of the season.
The Chargers responded with a power-play goal at 17:19 of the first period. Christian Rajic finished a cross-slot pass to tie the game at 1-1.
Both teams had eight shots on net in the opening period.
Bowling Green picked up their second goal of the game at 8:59 of the second period. Connor McDonald fed the puck to fellow defensemen Adam Smith who sent a wrist shot on net. Sinclair didn’t see the shot thanks to a Falcon screen, beating him over his blocker. The goal was Smith’s first of the year and was also assisted by Alex Barber.
The Falcons extended their lead to 3-1 at 12:20 of the middle frame. Lukas Craggs skated the puck in behind Sinclair’s net, skating around the cage, and sending the puck in just inside the far post. The goal was assisted by Tim Theocharidis and Max Johnson.
The Chargers responded at 13:44 of the second period to cut the Falcons’ lead to 3-2. Bowling Green had their pocket picked in their zone. Ben Allen sent a shot on net, beating Bednard for his first goal of the season.
The Falcons had 10 shots on net in the second period while the Chargers had nine chances.
Bowling Green padded their lead at 3:46 of the third period with a power-play marker. Brandon Kruse and Connor Ford assisted on a tic-tac-toe passing play before finding Max Johnson on the left wing. Johnson’s one-timer beat Sinclair for his sixth goal of the season.
The Falcons added another power-play goal at 6:13 of the final period. Max Johnson had a shot on net that found its way to the back door. Cam Wright took a few jabs at the loose puck, eventually getting it over the line for his fourth goal of the season. Alec Rauhauser had the secondary assist on the play.
Lukas Craggs scored his second goal of the night at 16:46 of the third period. He skated in with the puck from his own blue line, beating Sinclair over his glove with a perfectly-placed wrist shot. Brandon Kruse and Max Johnson assisted on the play.
Bowling Green had 12 shots in the final period while Alabama-Huntsville had 11 chances.
The Falcons improved to 9-3-2, 4-2-1-1 on the season. The Chargers fell to 1-12-0, 1-6-0-0. The teams will conclude their weekend series Sunday at 4:07 ET.
- Max Johnson (BGSU) – 1 G, 3 A
- Lukas Craggs (BGSU) – 2 G (GWG)
- Christian Rajic (UAH) – 1 G, 1 A