Fairbanks, AK – The 9th-ranked Falcons’ offense was noticeably absent again Friday in a 4-1 loss to the Alaska Nanooks.
Eric Dop started in net for the Falcons, stopping 19 of 21 shots faced. Anton Martinsson had 35 saves on 36 chances.
The Nanooks opened the game’s scoring at 6:36 of the first period. Troy Van Teetering finished a two-on-one play by Sam Ruffin on the power play for the early 1-0 lead.
Alaska had 12 shots in the first period while Bowling Green put 10 chances on net.
Alaska extended their lead to 2-0 at 19:00 of the second period. Tyler Cline’s rapid wrist shot from the slot snuck under Dop’s blocker for the 2-0 lead.
The Falcons had 11 shots in the second period while the Nanooks had just three chances.
Bowling Green pulled Dop for an extra-attacker to get a spark with just over five minutes to play. The strategy temporarily paid off with a Connor Ford rebound goal at 15:31 that was assisted by Max Johnson and Alec Rauhauser.
But, the Falcons chose to keep Dop pulled and gave up two empty net goals to Jandric (16:42) and Young (17:30) to give the Nanooks a 4-1 win.
Bowling Green had 15 shots in the final period while Alaska had eight.
The Falcons fall to 15-6-3, 10-5-2-2 with the loss. The Nanooks improve to 6-15-2, 6-10-1-1. The teams will conclude their weekend series Saturday at 11:07 PM.