2019-20 WCHA Game Recap

Sophomore forward Alex Barber had two goals and two assists for the Falcons
Barber's Four Points Lead Bowling Green Past Alabama Huntsville, 9-3
Sophomore forward Alex Barber had two goals and two assists for the Falcons

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The No. 13 Bowling Green State University hockey team overcame an early 3-0 deficit to defeat Alabama Huntsville by a score of 9-3 on Friday night (Dec. 6) at the Slater Family Ice Arena. After a rough first period for BGSU, giving up three goals in the first period, the Falcon offense exploded to score nine goals over the next two periods with all nine coming in a window of 23 minutes of game play. Seven different Falcons scored a goal while 12 picked up at least one point. Eric Dop needed just seven saves in the final two periods en route to the victory. With the win, the Falcons are now 6-3-0 in WCHA play and have won three straight games, including six of the last seven. BG and UAH will meet again tomorrow night at 7:07 p.m. ET back at the Slater Family Ice Arena.

Scoring Plays

- The Chargers opened the scoring column 6:08 into the first period with a goal from Adrian Danchenko with assists from Connor Merkley and Peyton Francis.

- Daneel Lategan added to the Alabama Huntsville goal in the first period being assisted by Connor Wood.

- The third and final goal for UAH on the night came early in the second period with Tyr Thompson scoring with assists to Jack Jeffers and Liam Izyk.

- The first Bowling Green goal of the night came off the stick of Will Cullen with 7:50 remaining in the second period. Cullen was assisted on the score by Cameron Wright.

- Just over four minutes later, Alex Barber netted a power play goal to bring the score to 3-2. Connor Ford and Alex Rauhauser tallied assists on the goal.

- With 1:07 left in the second period, Barber scored his second consecutive power play goal to tie the game up at 3-3 heading to the break. Again, Ford and Rauhauser were on the assist.

- It took just 1:46 into the third period for Bowling Green to break the tie, coming off a goal from Brandon Kruse. Cullen and Barber were credited with assists, marking three straight goals that Barber tallied a point.

- Less than two minutes later Frederic Letourneau scored a short-handed goal for the Orange and Brown to extend the lead to 5-3, being assisted by Casey Linkenheld.

- The next goal for the Falcons came four minutes later with Sam Craggs finding the back of the net. Letourneau assisted on the goal, as did Tim Theocharidis.

- Just over two minutes later BGSU tacked on another goal, this one being an unassisted attempt by Taylor Schneider to push the score to 7-3 Falcons.

- Less than a minute later, Kruse netted his second goal of the night, coming on a power play, with assists being credited to Rauhauser and Barber.

- The final goal of the night came with 5:31 remaining in the game with Wright scoring his team-leading 11th goal of the season. Letourneau and Craggs picked up the assists.

Falcon Stat Facts

- Seven different Falcons scored a goal on the night with Barber and Kruse leading the way with two goals apiece, each doubling their season total in the process.

- On the night, 12 different Falcons scored at least one point with eight recording a multi-point game. In doing so, the Orange and Brown dominated shots on goal, besting the Chargers 54-12 in the category with the 54 mark being the highest on the season for the Falcons. As for the 12 from Alabama Huntsville, it is the lowest mark from an opposing team for Bowling Green so far this season.

- As a team, Bowling Green's nine goals were all scored within 23 minutes of game play and were also unanswered.

- With two goals and an assist on the night, Letourneau becomes the fifth Falcon on the season to hit double-digits for points, now with 12.

- Wright extended his team lead in goals on the season with his 11th coming against UAH. Also tallying an assist, Wright has now scored at least one point in six of the last seven games.

- After being scoreless on the first Falcon power play of the night, the Falcons went on to go 3-for-5 on the remaining power plays, ending at 3-for-6.

Up Next

- The Falcons and Chargers will return to Slater Family Ice Arena Saturday night (Dec. 7) for a 7:07 p.m. puck drop for the second game of the weekend series.

Game Summary

Friday, December 6, 2019

Game statistics
11 Shots 55
0 / 2 Power Plays 3 / 6
9 / 34 PIM 3 / 6
1-13-1 Records 11-5-0
Alabama Huntsville Bowling Green
Adrian Danchenko (1)
Daneel Lategan (3)
Tyr Thompson (4)
Will Cullen (2)
Alex Barber (3)
2nd/16:12 PP
Alex Barber (4)
2nd/18:53 PP
Brandon Kruse (3)
3rd/1:46  GW
Frédéric Létourneau (4)
3rd/3:38 SH
Sam Craggs (3)
Taylor Schneider (3)
Brandon Kruse (4)
3rd/10:20 PP
Cameron Wright (11)
Alabama Huntsville Bowling Green
Mark Sinclair
59:24, 46 Saves, 9 GA
(L, 1-9-1)

Empty Net
0:36, 0 GA
Eric Dop
60:00, 8 Saves, 3 GA
(W, 11-4-0)