Huntsville, AL – The Falcons knew their best chance at a home playoff series next weekend would come with a weekend sweep. They did just that with a 4-1 win over Alabama-Huntsville Saturday afternoon. The win extended their unbeaten streak to eight games.
Zack Rose stopped 21 of 22 shots faced for Bowling Green while Mark Sinclair stopped 35 of 38 attempts for the Chargers.
The Falcons opened the game’s scoring at 8:44. Taylor Schneider skated on net, moving the puck from his forehand to his backhand before burying a five-hole attempt for his eighth goal of the season. Cam Wright and Will Cullen assisted on the play.
Bowling Green had 17 shots in the opening period while Alabama-Huntsville had 10 attempts.
Austin Beaulieu’s deflection goal on the power play at 7:11 of the second period tied the game at 1-1.
But, it was the Falcons who then responded with a pair of power-play goals. First, Brandon Kruse’s wrist shot just outside the crease gave BG the lead again. Kruse’s 10th goal of the season was assisted by Max Johnson and Connor Ford.
Then, Connor Ford threaded a seeing-eye shot from the face-off circle to give BG the 3-1 lead at 16:11 of the second period. Ford’s 12th goal of the season was assisted by Alec Rauhauser and Johnson.
The Falcons had 14 shots in the second period while the Chargers had six chances on net.
Bowling Green sealed the 4-1 win with an empty-net goal by Carson Musser with less than a minute to play.
The Falcons had eight shots in the final period while the Chargers had six.
With the win, Bowling Green improves to 19-13-4, 14-10-4-3 on the season. Alabama-Huntsville falls to 2-26-6, 2-20-6-1.
The Falcons now await results from the rest of the day to determine their WCHA Playoffs seeding.