ANCHORAGE - Alaska Anchorage spotted Bowling Green a 2-0 first period lead and then parlayed a withering attack over the game's final next two periods to forge a 2-2 overtime tie with the Falcons in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game Friday night at the Sullivan Arena.
The tie lifted both teams (10-9-4) into a third-place tie with Michigan Tech in the uber-tight WCHA league race - all with 24 points. Just five points separate third from ninth. The Seawolves are now 14-11-4 overall, while the Falcons moved to 13-12-6 in all games.
Both goaltenders came up big - BGSU's Tommy Burke was credited with 30 saves and UAA's Rob Gunderson 23.
Bowling Green jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead. The Falcons got on the board just 4:04 into the first when Matt Pohlkamp brought the puck from behind the net. His stuff attempt was blocked, but Kevin Dufour buried the rebound to give BGSU a 1-0 lead.
A turnover in the neutral zone by the Seawolves led to directly to an odd-man rush by the Falcons, finished off by Camden Wojtala at 18:02 of the first to make to give the visitors a 2-0 lead heading into the lockerrom at the first period intermission.
UAA came out on fire in the second frame, generating numerous grade A scoring chances and outshooting BGSU 10-4 in the frame, but the Seawolves were unable to get on the scoreboard.
UAA finally got on the board at 5:56 of the third as Jordan Kwas followed his own shot from high in the slot and drove the rebound to make it 2-1. Brad Duwe and Brett Cameron earned assists on the play.
The Seawolves' Scott Allen tied things at 2-2 as he found the back of the net while being checked to the ice in the low slot at 11:49 of the third. Austin Coldwell and Matt Bailey were credited with assists on the equalizer.
The two teams will meet Saturday in the home regular season finale for UAA. It will Senior Night at the Sullivan Arena as the Seawolves honor five seniors - Bailey, Kwas, Gunderson, Quinn Sproule and Chris Kamal. Opening faceoff is set for 7:07 p.m