Hawkins Scores Twice to Lead Bowling Green Past Alaska Anchorage, 6-2
Sophomore forward Brandon Hawkins posts two goals for Falcons

Sophomore forward Brandon Hawkins scored two goals for the Falcons
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 6:57  BGS1-0 SH Matt Pohlkamp (6)Mitchell McLain/3, Connor McDonald/8
1st 8:01  AKA1-1 EV Brad Duwe (5)Austin Azurdia/9, Chase Van Allen/7
1st 10:23  BGS2-1 PP Adam Smith (1)Sean Walker/9, Kevin Dufour/6
1st 12:15  BGS3-1 PP GW Brent Tate (2)Adam Smith/2, Sean Walker/10
2nd 6:35  BGS4-1 EV Brandon Hawkins (7)Mark Cooper/6, Tyler Spezia/4
2nd 9:25  BGS5-1 EV Connor McDonald (1)Brett D'Andrea/4, John Schilling/7
2nd 16:59  AKA2-5 EV Anthony Conti (6)Matt Anholt/9, Jarrett Brown/8
3rd 0:52  BGS6-2 EV Brandon Hawkins (8)Mark Friedman/12, Chris Pohlkamp/3
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Alaska Anchorage  1102
Bowling Green  3216
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Alaska Anchorage  412521
Bowling Green  1581437
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Alaska Anchorage (9-12-3)  0/5 7/25 0
Bowling Green (15-7-5)  2/7 6/12 1
Alaska Anchorage Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Olivier Mantha (L, 8-11-3)60:006 1261331
Bowling Green Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Chris Nell (W, 11-4-5)60:002 311519

The No. 18 Bowling Green State University hockey team continued its offensive barrage and earned a sweep of Alaska Anchorage with a second consecutive 6-2 victory over the Seawolves in front of 2,945 fans Friday night at the BGSU Ice Arena.

"The difference between good and great in college hockey is consistent effort over the course of a weekend," BGSU head coach Chris Bergeron said. "It was nice to get that this weekend."

The Falcons completed the series with 12 goals, their highest two-game output since BGSU scored 13 in a pair of playoff games at Lake Superior State during the final CCHA tournament on March 9-10, 2013.

In the regular season, Bowling Green had not scored this many in back-to-back games since beating Connecticut 9-4 on Dec. 30, 2005 and Colgate 4-0 on Jan. 3, 2006. Against one opponent in the same regular season series, BGSU last scored 12 against Alaska Fairbanks on Jan. 7-8, 2005.

Individually, fourteen different Falcons earned points in the series finale, while the series total was 17. Of those 17, ten had multiple points. That group was led by Brandon Hawkins, who finished the weekend with five (three goals, two assists).

"We've done it by committee since the day we got here," Bergeron said. "This wasn't just a forward effort. To create offense, you have to have defensemen who can get involved. When we do things with purpose and detail, we can create a bunch of chances. And with a bunch of chances, we will score."

Bowling Green dominated the first period and established firm control of the game with their special teams. After scoring six even-strength goals on Thursday, the Falcons posted a short-handed goal and two on the power play within the first 20 minutes.

Sean Walker went to the box for boarding just 5:57 into the game to put BGSU a man down. The Falcons penalty kill unit created a 2-on-1 breakaway, and Mitch McLain fed a pass from the left side to Matt Pohlkamp. Pohlkamp drilled a shot home from the front of the right circle for a short-handed goal 59 seconds into the Seawolves' power play.

It was the fourth short-handed goal of the season for BGSU and the third of Pohlkamp's career.

Brad Duwe evened the score for Alaska Anchorage at the 8:01 mark of the first period, but Bowling Green was gifted a golden opportunity when Eric Roberts was called for a five-minute major and a game misconduct for checking from behind only 18 seconds after the UAA goal.

BGSU took advantage twice. Adam Smith rocketed home his first collegiate goal from between the blue line and the left circle for a 2-1 lead with 9:37 left in the first, then almost scored again two minutes later when he drilled the post. Brent Tate secured the rebound in front of the net and slid the puck past Olivier Mantha for a 3-1 lead.

The Falcons outshot the Seawolves 15-4 during the first period.

Bowling Green continued to press early in the second period, and their efforts produced two more goals.

Brandon Hawkins finally became the first Falcon with multiple goals in the series when he scored the team's fourth of the night 6:35 into the second period. Mark Cooper fed a pass from behind the net to Hawkins on Mantha's right side, and he drilled it home.

Three minutes after Hawkins scored, BGSU made the score 5-1 on a shot from Connor McDonald, who lit the lamp from the right circle after a behind-the-net pass from Brett D'Andrea. McDonald became the third freshman to score his first collegiate goal for the Falcons in the series, joining Smith and Joe McKeown.

The Seawolves added a goal late in the second period, but BGSU took a 5-2 edge into the final frame. Just 52 seconds in, Hawkins scored again for the final 6-2 margin. The goal was Hawkins' eighth of the season, which moves him into a tie for second place on the team.

Along with Hawkins and Smith, Walker had two points on a pair of assists. He and Smith finished the weekend with three points, behind only Hawkins' five.

The sweep of Alaska-Anchorage gives BGSU their third home WCHA sweep of the season and an overall home WCHA record of 6-0-4. Their five undefeated series at home against WCHA teams matches their total from last season, with two more to play.

Overall, BGSU is 15-7-5 and 11-3-4 in WCHA play. The Falcons remain one point behind conference leader Minnesota State but are also four points ahead of Michigan Tech. Alaska Anchorage drops to 9-12-3 (6-10-2 WCHA).

The Falcons play at home again next weekend when they host a pair of games against Michigan Tech on Friday and Saturday. The puck will drop at 7:07 pm for both contests.