Bowling Green Rallies to Tie Alaska, 4-4
Junior Ben Murphy scores two late goals for Falcons

Junior Ben Murphy scored two goals for the Falcons
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 9:37  AKF1-0 EV Tyler Morley (7)Garrick Perry/9, Alec Hajdukovich/7
1st 13:46  AKF2-0 EV Trevor Campbell (1)Zach Frye/3, Alec Hajdukovich/8
1st 16:13  BGS1-2 PP Sean Walker (3)Kevin Dufour/5, Nolan Valleau/10
2nd 4:20  AKF3-1 EV Shawn Hochhausen (2)Nolan Huysmans/6
2nd 12:37  AKF4-1 SH Marcus Basara (10)Tyler Morley/15
3rd 9:10  BGS2-4 EV Sean Walker (4)Pierre-Luc Mercier/12, Matt Pohlkamp/10
3rd 19:14  BGS3-4 EV EA Ben Murphy (6)Mark Friedman/7, Brandon Hawkins/6
3rd 19:38  BGS4-4 EV EA GT Ben Murphy (7) -
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Alaska  22004
Bowling Green  10304
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
Alaska  9812130
Bowling Green  17413236
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Alaska (12-9-1)  0/3 10/20 1
Bowling Green (13-3-4)  1/7 6/12 0
Alaska Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Davis Jones (T, 9-5-1)65:004 16410232
Bowling Green Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Tomas Sholl16:382 60006
Tommy Burke (T, 4-2-3)47:522 1612120
Empty Net0:300      

BOWLING GREEN, Oh. - The Bowling Green State University ice hockey team skated to a 4-4 tie with the University of Alaska Saturday (Jan. 10) night at the BGSU Ice Arena. Ben Murphy scored twice in the final minute - capping a three-goal third period that erased a 4-1 deficit - to send the game into overtime. Sean Walker tallied the other two Falcon goals for his first multi-goal game of his career.

"I'm happy with the fight and the resiliency we showed, that's something we've developed with our team over the last five years," head coach Chris Bergeron said. "We can take a few punches and still remain standing. I'm happy when painted into a corner, we can still fight and we did."

Murphy's first goal - a snap shot from atop the left circle after Brandon Hawkins won a fifty-fifty puck battle - came with 46 seconds on the clock. The junior then intercepted a pass in the slot by plucking the puck down with his left hand, prior to firing a wrist shot past Davis Jones - who stopped 32-of-36 shots on the evening - to knot the game at 4-4 with just 22 seconds remaining in regulation.

"I don't think in games like his, especially for upperclassmen, there's much panic. There's a lot of fight in our guys, including the young guys, who understand what it takes to win," Murphy said.

The Falcons out-shot the Nanooks, 13-12, in the third and 2-1 in overtime, proving that the three-goal turnaround was no fluke. Tommy Burke replaced Tomas Sholl after Alaska's second goal, and turned away 20-of-22 shots to close the contest, giving Bowling Green a chance to come back.

The Nanooks scored two goals in the opening 14 minutes of play, but the Falcons would have the last laugh. Tyler Morley walked out from the corner, and slide a puck five-hole at the 9:37 mark of the opening frame to kick off the scoring. Trevor Campbell then scored less than five minutes later to give the visitors a two-goal advantage.

The Falcons may have been on the short end of things in the first period, as they out-shot the Nanooks, 17-9, but Jones stood tall. Bowling Green did finally beat Jones with 4:47 left on the clock in the first to capture some momentum, but Alaska continued to apply pressure.

"There was a 4-1 deficit going into the third period at home. That was a little bit of a wakeup call when you've got 20 minutes in between periods to think about it and stew on it," Bergeron Said.

The Orange and Brown's first tally of the evening came on a 5-on-3 power play. After working the puck around the Nanook zone for the majority of the two-man advantage, Kevin Dufour - who received a pass from Nolan Valleau - dished a pass to Walker. Walker then fired a slap shot that soared into the top-left corner of the cage. The goal was Bowling Green's lone power-play goal on the weekend.

The second period, unfortunately for the 1,748 Falcon faithful in attendance, belonged completely to the Nanooks. Alaska out-shot Bowling Green, 8-4, across the frame and scored the only two goals of the period to take a 4-1 lead heading into the third. Shawn Hochhausen lit-the-lamp 4:20 into the period, and then Marcus Basara beat Burke on a breakaway to give Alaska a three-goal advantage.

Walker's second goal - a wrist shot from the point that flew top shelf - added to his big night, and kick-started the memorable third period for the Falcons. The tie continues a remarkable run for the program, as Bowling Green has not been defeated since Nov. 14 (3-2 vs. Ohio State). The Falcons - who have now gone nine straight games without a defeat - are 7-0-2 across the nine-game stretch.

"How you win is you don't let up and you keep pushing for the full 60 minutes, the 65 minutes. There's a lot more understanding in that through the growth of the upperclassmen. It's nice to see the young guys come through," Murphy said.

Matt Pohlkamp, Mark Friedman, Pierre-Luc Mercier, Dufour, Valleau recorded assists for the Falcons, while Mark Cooper had a game-high plus two on-ice rating. In total, Bowling Green out-shot Alaska, 36-30. The Bowling Green penalty kill - which is ranked first nationally - killed off all three of the Nanook's opportunities.

Bowling Green will travel to Houghton, Michigan next weekend to take on the Michigan Tech Huskies at the John MacInnes Ice Arena. The Huskies entered the weekend ranked No. 8 in the country in the Poll. Friday's (Jan. 16) game will start at 7:07 p.m., while Saturday's (Jan. 17) contest is scheduled to begin at 5:07 p.m.