Bowling Green, OH – Normally if you go down 3-0 you’re expecting a long night at the office. The 13th-ranked Falcons responded to a three-goal deficit by scoring nine-straight en route to a 9-3 win, halting the Chargers’ attempt at an upset.
The Chargers struck first at 6:08 of the first period. Adrian Danchenko was left alone just outside the crease, finishing a one-timer to give UAH the 1-0 lead.
Alabama-Huntsville doubled their lead at 15:10 of the opening period. Daneel Lategan wrist shot while falling crossed up Dop to give UAH a 2-0 advantage.
The Falcons had 13 shots in the first period while the Chargers had four chances.
Eric Dop’s rough night continued with the Chargers’ third goal at 4:46 of the second period. Tyr Thompson pushed UAH’s lead to 3-0 with a rebound goal.
Bowling Green finally responded with their first goal at 12:10 of the second period. Will Cullen skated in on Sinclair before sending a shot over the Chargers’ netminder’s glove. Cam Wright assisted on the goal which was Cullen’s second of the season.
Alex Barber cut Alabama-Huntsville’s lead to 3-2 with a power-play goal at 16:12. Barber’s five-hole marker cut the Chargers’ lead to 3-2. Max Johnson and Connor Ford assisted on the play.
Bowling Green completed the comeback with another power-play goal at 18:53 of the middle frame. It was again Alex Barber with a goal as his shot from the doorstop deflected off a Charger stick, deflecting into the net for Barber’s fourth goal of the season. Alec Rauhauser and Connor Ford assisted on the play.
Bowling Green had 17 shots in the middle frame while Alabama-Huntsville had five.
The Falcons took their first lead of the game at 1:46 of the third period. Will Cullen skated down the slot before finding Brandon Kruse on the right wing. Kruse’s booming one-timer gave BG the 4-3 lead. Alex Barber picked up his third point of the game with the secondary assist.
Bowling Green kept their goals special with a shorthanded marker at 3:38 of the third period. Casey Linkenheld collected a loose puck just inside the Chargers’ zone, setting up a scoring chance right outside the crease. While his attempt was saved, Freddy Letourneau cleaned up the rebound for the 5-3 lead. The goal was Letourneau’s fourth of the season.
BG scored its sixth-straight goal at 7:39 of the final period. Sam Craggs’ backhand sailed over Sinclair’s shoulder for the 6-3 lead. Tim Theocharidis and Freddy Letourneau assisted on the play.
The Falcons’ seventh goal of the game came on a highlight effort as Taylor Schneider tucked in a shot as he was being hauled down skating across the crease. The goal was Schneider’s third of the season.
Brandon Kruse cleaned up yet another rebound at 10:20 of the third period to push the Falcons’ lead to 8-3. Alec Rauhauser and Alex Barber assisted on the play, Barber’s fourth point of the game.
The Falcons made it 9-3 at 14:29 of the final period. Cam Wright’s ripper from a sharp angle was the Falcons’ and game’s final goal. Freddy Letourneau and Sam Craggs assisted on the play.
Bowling Green peppered Sinclair with 24 shots in the final period while the Chargers challenged Dop just three times.
With the win, Bowling Green improves to 11-5-0, 6-3-0-0 on the season. Alabama-Huntsville falls to 1-13-1, 1-9-1-0.
The teams will conclude their weekend series on Saturday at 7:07 PM.
- Alex Barber (BGSU) – 2 G, 2 A
- Brandon Kruse (BGSU) – 2 G (GWG)
- Alec Rauhauser (BGSU) – 2 A