Bowling Green, OH – The 16th-ranked Falcons were forced to battle back Saturday against Alaska after going down by two goals. Bowling Green responded with two goals in the second period to push the game to a 3-3 tie, which was the inevitable final.
Neither team found the net until the second overtime where Alaska scored on a power play chance to give the Nanooks the extra WCHA point.
Gustavs Grigals stopped 34 of 37 shots faced for the Nanooks, while Ryan Bednard had 26 saves on 29 chances for the Falcons.
Alaska scored the game’s first goal at 53 seconds of the first period. Steven Jandric sent a pass from below the goal line to Jake Gresh, beating Bednard for his first collegiate goal.
Bowling Green responded with their third shorthanded goal of the weekend at 3:03 of the first period. Grigals had went behind his net to play the puck. A weak pass was stolen by Stephen Baylis who found Connor Ford in the slot. Ford’s shot beat Grigals low for his 13th goal of the season.
Tristan Thompson gave the Nanooks another lead at 12:55 of the first period. His slap shot from the point on the power play gave the Nanooks a 2-1 lead.
A wrist shot from Tyler Cline in the slot at 14:12 pushed the Nanooks lead to 3-1. The goal came on the power play.
Bowling Green had 13 shots in the opening period while Alaska had 10.
The Falcons cut the Nanooks’ lead to 3-2 at 25 seconds of the second period. Alec Rauhauser sent a shot towards the net that was stopped by Cam Wright. The sophomore forward picked a spot high, beating Grigals for his eighth goal of the season. Stephen Bayils had the second assist on the play.
Bowling Green tied things up at 15:08 of the second period. Stephen Baylis’ shot on Grigals was saved, but the rebound came to a pinching Will Cullen. The freshman defenseman potted his shot for third goal of the season. Lukas Craggs tallied the second assist on the power-play goal.
The Falcons finished the second period with 10 shots on net while the Nanooks had five chances.
Neither team was able to find the net in the third period and the game went to an overtime period.
Alaska had 14 shots in the final period while Bowling Green had six.
Bowling Green dominated in the overtime period, racking up seven shots while not allowing any. Neither team found the net in the first overtime period, officially ending the contest in a tie. The game progressed to a second overtime period to determine WCHA points.
Second Overtime Period
Alaska earned the extra WCHA point with a re-direction goal by Holt at 2:44. The goal came on the power play: the third Nanooks’ man-advantage marker.
Bowling Green’s new record is 19-8-4, 14-7-3-2, 14-7-3-3. Alaska is now 9-19-3, 9-13-2-1, 9-13-2-2.
The Falcons will hit the road next weekend as they travel to Bemidji State.