|2nd||9:42||AKF||1-0||EV||Josh Erickson (3)||Austin Vieth/2, John Mullally/4|
|3rd||5:46||BGS||1-1||PP||Kevin Dufour (9)||Sean Walker/9, Alec Rauhauser/13|
|OT||3:57||BGS||2-1||EV GW||Brett D'Andrea (7)||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Bowling Green (13-14-2)||1/7||8/16||0|
|Davis Jones (L, 3-6-2)||63:57||2||6||14||6||3||29|
|Bowling Green Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Chris Nell (W, 9-10-2)||63:57||1||12||4||2||1||19|
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Bowling Green hockey team (13-14-2, 11-10-1 WCHA) put on a show for fans at the Slater Family Ice Arena Friday evening when it hosted the Alaska Nanooks (8-15-3, 7-10-3 WCHA) for Western Collegiate Hockey Association play. Not only did sophomore Stephen Baylis deliver a highlight-reel hit that shattered glass, but junior Brett D'Andrea capitalized on a breakaway to net the game-winner with just over a minute remaining in overtime for the 2-1 win.
Although the Falcons were outshot by the Nanooks in the first period by a 12-6 margin, Bowling Green rebounded to allow just eight shots on goal through the remaining 43:57 of action. After a scoreless first period, Alaska was first to get on the board midway through the game with a breakaway goal.
Keeping it a one-goal game was junior Chris Nell between the pipes for the Falcons. The Green Bay, Wis. native racked up 19 saves and just the one goal against for a save percentage of .950 on the night, and highlighted the second period with multiple big saves to keep the Falcons in the game.
Then early in the third period, a Nanook was called for checking from behind and the game misconduct awarded the Falcons five minutes of play with the man-advantage. It only took 51 seconds on the power play for senior Kevin Dufour to tie up the game with a wrist shot from the point. The goal ultimately carried the Falcons to overtime and was the Quebec City, Quebec native's ninth of the season.
The Falcons continued to dominate play through the third period, creating critical momentum into the final minutes. It was with 1:32 remaining in regulation when Baylis came around the back of the net and sent a Nanook careening into the glass, shattering the pane. Although the hit delayed the game by 25 minutes, the Falcons fed off the momentum and forced overtime play and kept Alaska to just two shots on goal through the final stanza of play. It was the second time this season that the Falcons have held its opponent to just two shots in a period.
Bowling Green came out with four shots on goal to the Nanooks one in the 3:57 of extra play. It was with 1:03 remaining in the first overtime that D'Andrea picked up the puck at center ice and sent it to the back of the net unassisted. The goal marked the Marysville, Mich. native's seventh of the season and second game-winner of the year, lifting the Falcons to the 2-1 victory.
Overall, Bowling Green outshot Alaska by a 31-20 margin, and was able to kill all of its 10 penalties on the weekend. The Falcons went 1-for-7 on the power play and racked up 10 blocked shots. Baylis led the squad with five shots on goal, while defensively, sophomore Chris Pohlkamp blocked a team-leading five shots on the night.
The Madhouse on Mercer also created a strong home ice advantage for the Falcons with the second-highest attendance of the season (2,921).
The Bowling Green hockey program will hit the road for its final away series of the regular season as it takes on Ferris State next weekend on Friday and Saturday nights.