#12 Falcons finish sweep of Chargers 2-1

By December 2, 2018 Game Recaps
Casey Linkenheld shoots the puck against Alabama-Huntsville on 12/9/17. Linkenheld scored the Falcons' first goal Sunday (Photo by Jessi Renner/BGSUHockey.com).

Huntsville, AL – The 12th-ranked Falcons played a weird one Sunday against the Chargers of Alabama-Huntsville. They scored three goals but only got credit for two of them in a 2-1 win.

Eric Dop stopped all 13 shots faced for the Falcons while Jake Theut had 35 saves on 37 chances for the Chargers.

First Period

Bowling Green scored the game’s first goal at 11:05 of the first period. Forcing a turnover in the neutral zone, Alex Barber sprung Shane Bednard with a pass into the Chargers’ zone. Bednard sent the puck to Casey Linkenheld across the slot, burying the one-timer for his fourth goal of the season.

The Falcons scored again in the first period, but unfortunately, it came against themselves. With Dop pulled for an extra-attacker on a delayed penalty, the Falcons attempted a pass from the face-off circle to the point. But, the puck jumped the defenseman’s stick and went into the vacant net. Jack Jeffers was given credit for the goal as the last Charger to possess the puck.

The Falcons finished the first period with nine shots on net while the Chargers had four attempts.

Second Period

Neither team was able to find the net in the second period.

Bowling Green had 14 shots in the second period while Alabama-Huntsville had six chances.

Third Period

Bowling Green re-took the lead just 48 seconds into the third period. The Falcons forced a turnover behind the Chargers net and Lukas Craggs forced a backhand shot through Theut’s five-hole for his ninth goal of the season and third of the weekend. Brandon Kruse picked up his team-leading 15th assist on the play.

The Chargers pulled their goalie with just under two minutes to play but were unable to score the tying goal.

The Falcons had 14 shots in the final period while the Chargers had four shots on net.

With the win, the Falcons improve to 10-3-2, 5-2-1-1 on the season. The Chargers fall to 1-13-0, 1-7-0-0.

Bowling Green will travel to Big Rapids, Michigan next weekend to face WCHA foe Ferris State.


Goals by Period
Shots by Period
0/2, 6
Power Plays,
0/3, 3
Face-Off Wins

Full Box Score

Three Stars

  1. Lukas Craggs (BGSU) – GWG
  2. Casey Linkenheld (BGSU) – 1 G
  3. Jake Theut (UAH) – 35 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 11th 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 @DrewEvansBG and by e-mail at Drew@bgsuhockey.com.