|1st||7:15||AKF||1-0||EV||John Mullally (3)||Marcus Basara/10, Danny Kiraly/5|
|1st||19:59||AKF||2-0||EV||Tyler Cline (1)||Chad Staley/9, Zach Frye/11|
|2nd||4:32||BGS||1-2||PP||Mitchell McLain (16)||Brett D'Andrea/9, Mark Friedman/12|
|2nd||16:40||AKF||3-1||EV GW||Marcus Basara (8)||Troy Van Tetering/5|
|3rd||16:15||BGS||2-3||EV||John Schilling (4)||Mitchell McLain/12, Mark Friedman/13|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Bowling Green (12-14-2)||1/6||7/14||0|
|Davis Jones (W, 3-5-2)||60:00||2||7||14||7||28|
|Bowling Green Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Chris Nell (L, 8-10-2)||58:13||3||9||6||6||21|
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Bowling Green State University hockey team received goals from Mitch McLain and John Schilling but could not complete a third-period comeback, as the Falcons fell to Alaska 3-2 on Friday night at the Slater Family Ice Arena. BGSU had the man advantage in the final minute but could not secure the equalizer after falling behind by two goals.
The Falcons opened the game strong and earned the first three shots on goal in the opening minutes. However, a crazy bounce gave Alaska an early lead and momentum. At the 7:15 mark of the first period, John Mullally took a shot for the Nanooks that bounced off pipe and careened into Falcon goaltender Chris Nell. The puck then rebounded off Nell and into the net for the game's first goal. It was Alaska's first shot-on-goal of the game.
The Nanooks out-shot the Falcons 10-4 for the remainder of the period, and at the very end, more bad luck befell BGSU. Lukas Craggs and Pierre-Luc Mercier took simultaneous penalties with 2:03 left in the frame to give Alaska the first power play of the contest. The Falcons were able to kill the 5-on-3 power play, but as Craggs and Mercier were coming back on the ice, Tyler Cline snuck a shot past Nell.
Cline's goal, the second of the night for Alaska, was registered with just :00.1 left on the clock.
BGSU began the second period as strongly as they did the first, but this time, their play paid off with a score. Mullally took a slashing penalty 3:36 into the period to give the Falcons their first power play. Fifty-six seconds later, Mitch McLain found a rebound from a Brett D'Andrea shot to the right of Alaska goalie Davis Jones. His reverse tap-in between the legs got behind Jones and halved Alaska's lead to 2-1 and gave McLain his 16th goal of the season. D'Andrea and Matt Pohlkamp had the assists.
The Falcons had several chances to tie the game during the second period, including three more power plays. However, the team could not convert, and the end of a BGSU advantage late in the second enabled Alaska to reclaim a two-score lead.
Tayler Munson left the ice for roughing with 4:30 to go in the second. Midway through the penalty, Frederic Letourneau was set to take a face-off in the Falcons' offensive end. However, he committed a face-off violation which resulted in a two-minute penalty. The ensuing face-off was moved into Alaska's offensive end, and nine seconds later, Marcus Basara scored for a 3-1 Alaska lead.
The Falcons went into the final 20 minutes with that 3-1 deficit despite a 15-7 edge in shots on goal during the second period.
Twice during the first 10 minutes of the third, Stephen Baylis nearly scored. His first chance got past Jones but was saved mere inches from the goal line by an Alaska teammate. He had an even better chance midway through the period when he broke loose on a 2-on-1 but banged his shot off the post.
Finally, the Falcons managed to pull within one at the 16:15 mark of the third when John Schilling sent a shot past Jones with an assist from Tyler Spezia and McLain. BGSU then had several chances over the final two minutes to tie the game.
With 2:03 to go, Munson was penalized for boarding to give BGSU a power play. That ended four seconds later when McLain was sent off for interference. The Falcons pulled Nell to reclaim the man advantage for the next minute. Then, with 1:05 remaining, Josh Erickson was called for tripping behind the Alaska net. That gave Bowling Green a two-man advantage for 62 seconds. However, the offense could not create the equalizer, and Alaska won 3-2.
The Falcons finished the game with a 30-24 advantage in shots on goal and 23-13 over the final two periods. They were 1-for-6 on the power play and were successful on all four of their penalty kills.
Individually, Nell saved 21 of 24 shots while McLain earned two points to increase his season total to 28.
BGSU drops to 12-14-2 overall and 10-10-1 in WCHA play. The Nanooks are now 14-7-2 overall and 10-5-2 in the WCHA. The two teams will meet again on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7:07 p.m. at the Slater Family Ice Arena in Bowling Green.