Chargers and #13 Falcons skate to 2-2 tie

By December 7, 2019 Game Recaps
Max Johnson plays the puck on 3/23/19 against Minnesota State. Johnson scored the Falcons' second overtime goal to give BG the extra WCHA point (Photo by Todd Pavlack/BGSUHockey.com).

Bowling Green, OH – After a 9-3 drumming the night before, Saturday night was expected to be a closer affair. Neither team was able to find much leeway as the Chargers and Falcons skated to a 2-2 tie. The Falcons took the extra WCHA point thanks to Max Johnson’s goal in the second overtime.

Zack Rose started in net for the Falcons, stopping 18 of 20 Charger attempts. Mark Sinclair had 40 saves on 43 shots faced.

First Period

Bowling Green opened the game’s scoring at 17:43 of the first period. Taylor Schneider’s pass from the boards found Max Johnson in the slot, where the junior forward buried the one-timer for his fourth goal of the season.

Alabama-Huntsville responded at 19:00 with a tying goal. Jack Jeffers found the net to push the game to a 1-1 tie.

The Falcons finished the first period with 13 shots on net while the Chargers had seven chances.

Second Period

The Chargers went ahead, 2-1, at 6:20 of the second period. Christian Rajic’s one-timer from just outside the crease gave UAH their first lead of the night.

The Falcons responded with a power-play goal at 17:52 to again push the game to a tie. Connor Ford skated in towards the Chargers’ net before letting loose a heavy wrist shot, beating Sinclair for his eighth goal of the season. Alec Rauhauser and Max Johnson assisted on the play, Johnson’s second point of the game.

Bowling Green had 12 shots on net in the middle frame while Alabama-Huntsville again challenged Rose seven times.

Third Period

Neither team could find the back of the net in the third period and the game went to an overtime period.

The Falcons had 12 shots in the third period while the Chargers had four attempts.

Overtime Period

Once again, neither team could find the game-winning goal in the overtime period, ending the game officially in a tie. The teams played a second overtime period to determine WCHA points.

Second Overtime Period

The Falcons finally broke through as the Chargers were caught in a bad line change. Zack Rose recognized the play, pushing the puck to Max Johnson who was alone in the neutral zone. Johnson skated in, beating Sinclair to earn the extra league point.

The Falcons had three shots in the second overtime while keeping the Chargers shotless.

Bowling Green moves to 11-5-1, 6-3-1-1 on the season while Alabama-Huntsville 1-13-2, 1-9-2-0.

The Falcons will travel to Sault Ste. Marie next weekend to face Lake Superior.

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 eighth 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 @BGSUHockeySite and by e-mail at Drew@bgsuhockey.com.