BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Bowling Green State University ice hockey team defeated the University of Alaska Anchorage of Friday night (Nov. 1), sinking the Seawolves (3-2-0, 0-1-0), 6-1, to earn their first Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) victory. Playing in front of 2,235 Falcon faithful at the BGSU Ice Arena, the Falcons (3-2-2, 1-0-0) saw five different players score goals, while sophomore goaltender Tommy Burke turned away 19-of-20 shots.
Bowling Green got two goals from senior captain Cam Wojtala, marking his first two tallies of the season. The Falcons also saw goals from Ben Murphy, Chad Sumsion, Andrew Wallace and Bryce Williamson in the winning effort. The Orange and Brown also got two assists from league-leading junior forward Dan DeSalvo, giving him seven helpers on the year, and two assists from defenseman Ralfs Freibergs to give a total of six assists through the seven games. Sophomore forward Dajon Mingo also has two assists, his first two points of the season.
Much like this past Tuesday against Ohio State, the Orange and Brown jumped on their opponent with the first goal of the game. Scoreless through the first 17:00 of action, the Falcons lit-the-lamp with 2:05 left in the first period, giving them a 1-0 advantage. With a man-advantage on the ice, Falcons' Mingo fired the puck towards Seawolves' goaltender Michael Matyas. Matyas made the initial save, but could not hold onto the puck. Wojtala was in the right place at the right time and collected the rebound to find the back of the net for the power-play goal.
It marked the third-straight game Bowling Green has scored on the power play.
The Falcons' kept the pressure on Alaska Anchorage to begin the second frame. Wallace, who was playing in his third game of the season, lit-the-lamp for his first goal of the season with 15:15 left in the frame. Freshman Pierre-Luc Mercier fired the puck into a scrum near the net from the high slot, as Wallace was able to grab the loose puck and give Bowling Green a 2-0 lead.
However, the Seawolves did not want to drown quickly, scoring their first conference goal of the season with 12:53 remaining in the second period. Alaska Anchorage took advantage of a 5-on-3 man power play to cut the lead to 2-1. The Seawolves' worked the puck around the blue line before Austin Coldwell fired the puck towards the net. However, the puck ricocheted off the stick of junior forward Scott Allen for the goal.
The Orange and Brown rebounded with a little over six minutes remaining in the second frame. After creating a turnover, Williamson and Sumsion raced into their attacking zone on a 2-on-1 rush. Williamson made a nice deke in front of the Seawolves netminder, but lost control of the puck. Sumsion followed from the left circle and fired the one-timer into the back of the net, giving Bowling Green a 3-1 lead.
Aggressive all night, the Falcons played until the final horn in the second period. Bowling Green lit-the-lamp once more in the second frame with 29.1 seconds left, to enter the final period with a commanding 4-1 advantage. After a Seawolf penalty, the Orange and Brown worked the puck around the blue line. DeSalvo received the puck at the point and fired it into the scrum near the net. The puck trickled out as Murphy jammed the puck past the goaltender for his fourth power-play goal of the season.
The Falcons scored two more goals over the final period from seniors Wojtala and Williamson. Williamson, who entered the game as the WCHA-leading point scorer, has now scored a goal in five-straight games and has an assist in his past three games.
The Falcons will turn around and be right back in action Saturday night, facing off against Alaska Anchorage in the second game of their two-game series. The puck is set to drop at 7:07 p.m. at the BGSU Ice Arena.