Fairbanks, AK – A few weeks ago in Alaska, BG wasn’t able to finish off the Nanooks with a lead in the third period. In game one of the WCHA Playoffs Quarterfinals Friday night they reversed their fortunes, beating the Nanooks 4-2. The series with Alaska is a best-of-three series.
Eric Dop stopped 19 of 21 shots faced for the Falcons, while Anton Martinsson had 24 saves on 28 attempts for the Nanooks.
Max Newton scored the game’s first goal at 18:14 of the first period. While skating on the power play, Newton crossed the slot, sending a wrist shot on net that beat Dop over his glove for the 1-0 lead.
Alaska had six shots in the opening period while Bowling Green had five chances.
The Falcons tied the game at 1-1 at 1:58 of the second period. Entering the Nanooks’ zone on a three-on-two Brandon Kruse angled a pass to Alex Barber who had crashed the net on the backdoor. He re-directed Kruse’s pass, beating Martinsson for his 11th marker of the season. Tim Theocharidis also assisted on the scoring play.
Bowling Green had nine shot attempts in the second period while holding Alaska to just six attempts.
Bowling Green took their first lead of the game at 6:19 of the third period. Alec Rauhauser whipped a heavy slap shot from the blue line, feeding through traffic to push the score to 2-1. Brandon Kruse assisted on the play.
Alaska responded just 36 seconds later. James LaDouce’s one-timer from the slot found the net to once again knot the score (2-2.).
The Falcons retook the lead with a power-play goal at 14:31. Tim Theocharidis sent a hard slap shot from the point, snapping his stick on contact. His shot appeared to deflect off a Nanook in front, crossing Martinsson up. Theocaridis’ third goal of the season was assisted by Taylor Schneider and Frederic Letourneau.
Bowling Green extended its lead to 4-2 with another power-play goal at 16:03. Frederic Letourneau skated down the far goal line, snapping a quick wrist shot for his sixth goal of the season. Theocharidis and Will Cullen assisted on the scoring play.
The Nanooks pulled Martinsson for an extra-attacker with 2:45 to play in the game, but the Falcons defensive play was stout in the final moments to seal the 4-2 win.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 20-13-4, 14-10-4-3 on the season. The Nanooks falls to 16-14-5, 14-9-5-2.
The teams will continue their best-of-three series Saturday at 11:07 PM.