ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Anchorage hockey team broke open a tight game with four unanswered third-period goals en route to a 5-2 win over Bowling Green Saturday night in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game at the Sullivan.
The Senior Night victory sent five seniors out in style and served to vault UAA (15-11-4 overall, 11-9-4 WCHA) into third place by itself in the tightly-bunched WCHA standings with 26 points - two clear of the trio of BGSU (13-13-6, 10-10-4), Michigan Tech and Alaska Fairbanks.
With UAA clinging to a 3-2 lead, seemingly innocuous coincidental minors at 5:34 of third period lit a fire under the Seawolves as they scored two goals during the 4-on-4 situation and added another minutes later to put the Falcons away and send a raucous Sullivan Arena crowd home happy.
UAA's top line of Scott Allen (two goals, one assist), Matt Bailey (one goal, one assist) and Brett Cameron (two assists) led the way offensively and goalie Rob Gunderson was solid in goal on a night that saw the Seawolves once again have to come from behind.
The Falcons jumped out to a 1-0 first period lead. Marcus Perrier's low blast from the left point found net at 15:06 of first off a feed from Bryce Williamson. BGSU owned a 10-3 first period shots on goal advantage and Gunderson was forced to come up big on numerous occasions.
UAA tied things up at 1-1 at 5:17 of the second on a goal by Allen. The Seawolves capitalized on a 3-on-2 rush as Cameron gained the zone and slid a cross-ice pass to Allen who buried the puck. Defenseman Austin Sevalrud was also credited with an assist on the goal.
BGSU regained a one-goal advantage at 2-1 on a power-play tally by Mike Sullivan at 13:11 of the second off assists by Ben Murphy and Bryce Williamson.
UAA's Cameron was afforded a penalty shot at 17:32 of the second after being hauled down by BGSU's Camden Wojtala right in front. Cameron's penalty attempt rang on the right post and the Falcons retained their one-goal lead.
The Seawolves evened things at 2-all via the power play at 4:49 of the third. Zack Rassell stationed himself at the right post and deflected in a nifty pass from Cameron. Andrew Pettit was awarded the second assist.
UAA went on top 3-2 less than a minute later. Taking advantage of coincidental minor penalties which made it 4-on-4, Allen sped around a BGSU defenseman while gaining the zone and fed a streaking Bailey who finished it off at 5:53.
Bailey returned the favor just 1:22 later as he dug the puck out of the right corner and fed Allen in front who sent it home to make it 4-2. Blake Leask also was credited with an assist on the play.
UAA's Jordan Kwas made it 5-2 at 10:20 when he golfed in a shot that bounced high off the ice and past a surprised BGSU goaltender Tommy Burke. Sevalrud and Blake Tatchell earned assists on the goal.
The Falcons finished with a 26-22 shots on goal advantage on the night. BGSU was 1-for-4 and UAA 1-for-3 on the power play.
UAA will finish the regular season with four games on the road, starting with a series next week (Feb. 21-22) at league-leading Ferris State.