Fairbanks, AK – The Falcons were unable to maintain a three-goal lead en route to a 3-3 tie with the Alaska Nanooks Saturday night. Bowling Green earned the extra WCHA point in a shootout win.
Eric Dop started in net for the Falcons, stopping 28 of ** attempts. Gustavs Grigals started in net for the Nanooks, stopping just three of five shots faced for the Nanooks. He was replaced after Bowling Green’s second goal by Anton Martinsson who stopped 25 of 26 chances.
Bowling Green opened the game’s scoring at 4:24 of the opening period. Alex Barber wristed an attempt that beat Grigals over his near shoulder. T.J. Lloyd and Sam Craggs assisted on the play.
The Falcons extended their lead to 2-0 at 9:58 of the first period. Casey Linkenheld finished a three-on-two passing play as he finished passes from Frederic Letourneau and Connor Ford.
Alaska had 11 shots in the opening period while Bowling Green had nine attempts on net.
The Falcons extended their lead to 3-0 at 9:10 of the middle frame. T.J. Lloyd picked up his second point of the game with a goal as his shot from the boards snuck in between Martinsson and the far post. Taylor Schneider and Brandon Kruse assisted on the play, which was Kruse’s 99th collegiate point.
Alaska cut the Falcons’ lead to 3-1 at 13:23. Didrik Henbrandt tapped in a back-door attempt for the Nanooks.
Bowling Green had 10 shot attempts in the second period while Alaska had seven chances.
The Nanooks scored their second goal of the game at 5:23 of the third period. While skating on the power play Kylar Hope beat Dop to move the score to a 3-2 BGSU advantage.
Alaska completed the comeback at 12:30 as Steven Jandric’s goal pushed the score to 3-3.
Neither team scored again in the final period, sending the game to an overtime period.
Both teams had eight shot attempts in the third period.
Neither team scored in the first overtime period, sending the game to a 2-2 final. They advanced to a second overtime to determine WCHA points.
Both teams had a pair of shots in the first overtime period.
Second Overtime Period
Yet again, neither team scored in the second overtime period sending the contest to a shootout.
Alaska had three shot attempts in the second overtime while Bowling Green had just one chance.
Brandon Kruse was the only skater to score a goal in the shootout, earning the Falcons the extra WCHA point. Also shooting for Bowling Green was Taylor Schneider and Connor Ford. Alaska’s skaters were Steven Jandric, Kylar Hope, and Max Newton.
The Falcons move to 15-13-4, 10-10-4-3 on the season. The Nanooks’ new record is 14-13-5, 12-9-5-2.
Bowling Green will travel home to welcome Ferris State next weekend.