Falcons keep home-ice hopes alive in 4-3 OT win over Chargers

By February 28, 2020 Game Recaps

Huntsville, AL – The Falcons fought back from a two-goal deficit, scoring three-straight markers to down the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers 4-3 in overtime Friday evening. The win moved Bowling Green into fourth place in the WCHA pending results of the UAA/UAF contest later tonight.

Eric Dop stopped 14 of 17 shots faced for the Falcons, while Mark Sinclair turned aside 54 of 58 attempts for the Chargers.

First Period

The Chargers opened the game’s scoring at 16:54 of the first period. Ben Allen was left alone in front of Dop, sending a backhand chance over Dop’s pads to give UAH a 1-0 lead.

Bowling Green had 13 shots on net, while Alabama-Huntsville challenged Dop seven times.

Second Period

The Falcons tied the game at 1-1 just 55 seconds into the second period. Cam Wright skated in on Sinclair, roofing a backhand wrist shot for his 20th goal of the season.

The Chargers fought back, though, getting goals from Brandon Salerno at 8:56 and Tyr Thompson at 12:32 to push UAH to a 3-1 lead.

Bowling Green clawed back with a power-play goal at 14:19. Brandon Kruse found Alex Barber across the crease who buried the one-timer for his ninth goal of the season. Max Johnson had the secondary assist on the scoring play.

The Falcons had 17 shots in the middle frame while the Chargers had just seven attempts on net.

Third Period

Bowling Green tied the game again as Will Cullen scored the Falcons’ third goal. Connor Ford found Cullen who had pinched down into the slot, sending a backhand shot past Sinclair for his sixth goal of the season. Casey Linkenheld also assisted on the play.

Neither team scored again in the third period, sending the contest to an overtime period.

The Falcons peppered Sinclair with 23 shots in the third period while holding the Chargers to just a pair of tries.

Overtime Period

The Falcons were finally able to breakthrough at 1:55 of the overtime period. While skating on the power play Kruse shot on Sinclair that rebounded to Barber on the backdoor. Barber tapped in the loose puck for his second goal of the game for the game-winner.

Bowling Green had five shots in the overtime period while Alabama-Huntsville had just one attempt in the final period.

With the win, the Falcons improve to 18-13-4, 13-10-4-3 and move into fourth place in the WCHA. The Chargers fall to 2-25-6, 2-19-6-1.

The teams will conclude the regular season tomorrow at 4:07 PM.

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.