Bowling Green, OH – When the Seawolves scored the game-tying goal with just under 28 seconds to play, it felt like another bad sensation of deja-vu. But, a game-winning goal by the Falcons’ captain earned Bowling Green a 5-4 win over Alaska-Anchorage.
Kris Carlson stopped 40 of 45 shots faced for the Seawolves, while Eric Dop turned aside 26 of 30 attempts for the Falcons.
The Seawolves opened the game’s scoring at 3:24 of the first period. Rylee St. Onge deposited a rebound by Luc Brown to give Alaska-Anchorage the 1-0 lead.
The Falcons responded at 12:29 to move the score to 1-1. While skating on the power-play, Taylor Schneider fired a shot on net that Carlson attempted to stop with his blocker. But, the shot had enough steam to find the net regardless. The goal was assisted by Tim Theocharidis and Frederic Letourneau.
Alaska-Anchorage once again took the lead at 13:27. Zach Nazzarett showed some speed as he entered the Falcons’ zone and sent a backhand shot five-hole to beat Dop.
Bowling Green responded again at 17:38. Casey Linkenheld sent a centering pass from the wall to Jacob Dalton who was crashing down the slot. Dalton’s re-direct was his first goal of the season and was also assisted by Connor Ford.
The Falcons had 14 shots in the opening period while the Seawolves had 10 attempts.
The back-and-forth on the scoreboard continued at 2:52 of the second period. It was again Zach Nazzarett who scored for the Seawolves, finishing a two-on-one breakaway for his second goal of the night.
Bowling Green responded at 6:49 with their second power-play goal of the game. Brandon Kruse started a passing play as he skated down the wall. He moved the puck forward to Alex Barber on the doorstop who found Cam Wright on the back door. Wright’s shot cleared the wide-open net for his 17th marker of the season.
The Falcons took their first lead of the game at 12:51 of the second period. Will Cullen broke in on a breakaway, going backhand to forehand before lifting a shot over Carlson’s pads. The goal was Cullen’s fourth of the season and assisted by T.J. Lloyd.
Bowling Green had 14 shots in the second period while Alaska-Anchorage had seven attempts.
The Seawolves pulled Carlson for an extra attacker with 1:20 to play in the final period. The bet paid off as the Falcons were hit with another stroke of bad puck luck.
Alec Rauhauser attempted clear around the boards deflected off the Zamboni doors, directing directly to a waiting Tanner Schachle. His goal tied the game at 4-4, sending the contest to overtime.
The Falcons had 14 shots in the final frame while the Seawolves had 13.
Bowling Green responded to the adversity with a goal in the overtime period to earn the 5-4 win. Alec Rauhauser sent a wrist shot on net from the point, beating a screened Carlson. Jacob Dalton and Connor Ford assisted on the play.
The Falcons had three shots in the overtime period while the Seawolves had zero.
With the win, Bowling Green improves to 15-13-2, 10-10-2-2. The Seawolves fall to 4-18-6, 4-15-5-1. The teams will conclude their weekend series Saturday at 7:07 PM.