BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Bowling Green State University hockey team overcame three separate deficits on Friday night (Feb. 7) to capture a 5-4 overtime win against Alaska Anchorage. Alec Rauhauser netted the game-winning goal for the Falcons during the overtime period to put another notch in the win column for the Orange and Brown. With the win, Bowling Green is now 3-0 so far this season against Alaska Anchorage with the season series finale being played Saturday night (Feb. 8). The win also moves the Falcons' record to 14-13-2 on the season while being 9-10-2-2 in WCHA play.
- Alaska Anchorage broke open the scoring, netting the puck just over three minutes into the game. Rylee St. Onge tallied the score with the assist coming from Luc Brown.
- The Falcons soon answered, seeing a power play goal from Taylor Schneider with assists coming from Tim Theocharidis and Frederic Letourneau.
- Less than a minute later the Seawolves reclaimed the lead. On a breakaway attempt, Zach Nazzarett was able to find the back of the net, being assisted by Brown and Tanner Schachle.
- The scoring wasn't over yet in the first period as Bowling Green again knotted the score up. On a breakaway, Jacob Dalton put the puck past the UAA goalies, with Casey Linkenheld and Connor Ford tallying the assists.
- On a breakaway early in the second period, Alaska Anchorage again reclaimed the lead. Nazzarett scored his second goal of the night, being assisted by Brown and Schachle again.
- Bowling Green followed with a power play goal to tie it up, coming off the stick of Cameron Wright. Wright was set up by Alex Barber and Brandon Kruse on the score.
- The Falcons took their first lead of the game with 7:09 remaining in the second period. Fresh out of the penalty box, Will Cullen took the puck to net, scoring the go-ahead goal with an assist from T.J. Lloyd.
- In the waning seconds of the third period, Schachle for Alaska Anchorage caught the puck off the stanchion and put it in the net to tie the game up, sending the game into overtime.
- In the overtime period, Rauhauser sniped the game-winning goal for the Falcons, his ninth of the season, tying his career-high. He was assisted by Dalton and Ford on the goal.
Other Key Plays
- With a 1-0 lead, the Seawolves slapped a shot that rang off the post, but the referees waved off the goal as play continued.
- Kruse and Aaron McPheters ended up on the ice after a scuffle that sent both players to the penalty box, being just one of many skirmishes between the teams over the course of the game. During the two-minute 4v4 session, neither team was able to score.
- During the 4v4 bit, Will Cullen nearly scored, swinging a trio of shots at the Alaska Anchorage goalie, but all were pushed away by pads.
- Five minutes into the third period, the Falcons saw two players head to the box, giving the Seawolves a 5v3 advantage for a full two minutes. However, the Orange and Brown were able to kill off the penalty without any damage.
Falcon Stat Facts
- Schneider's goal was his sixth of the season and third on the power play. As for the Falcons, the goal was the team's 33rd on the power play this year.
- With the second goal for the Falcons, Dalton netted the first goal of his senior campaign and fifth of his career. Ford's assist on the score was his 24th point of the season, increasing his hold on second place in points on the team. Both would later assist on Rauhauser's game-winner.
- Wright's goal was his 17th of the season and eighth on the power play. He extended his team lead in goals and tied Connor Ford for power play goals on the team, as well as a tie for third in the nation.
- With an assist on Wright's goal, Kruse moved his career point total up to 97, gaining ground on joining the 100 career point club.
- Scoring the team's fourth goal, Cullen extended his point streak to four games, having two goals and two assists over the span.
- Netting the game-winner, Alec Rauhauser registered his ninth goal of the season, tying his career-high. The goal also serves as his team-leading 28th point on the year and 115 in his career, giving him sole possession of 55th all-time for career points in program history.
- The Falcons and Seawolves will conclude their season series on Saturday night (Feb. 8) with another 7:07 p.m. puck drop. The game will serve as the second Teddy Bear Toss of the season for Bowling Green with new rules. Fans can throw Teddy Bears onto the ice after the first Falcon goal of the night. The game will also be Youth Hockey Night at Slater Family Ice Arena.