Falcons end regular season with 4-1 win over Chargers

By February 29, 2020 Notebooks

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.

First Period

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.

Second Period

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.

Third Period

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.

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 11th 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 @DrewEvansBG and by e-mail at Drew@bgsuhockey.com.