|1st||10:04||BGS||1-0||PP||Kevin Dufour (7)||Shane Bednard/3, Mark Friedman/4|
|3rd||1:34||ALH||1-1||PP||Chad Brears (3)||Max McHugh/6, Kurt Gosselin/3|
|3rd||6:52||BGS||2-1||PP||Brett D'Andrea (1)||Brandon Hawkins/3, Mark Cooper/2|
|3rd||9:26||ALH||2-2||PP||Jetlan Houcher (2)||Josh Kestner/1, Madison Dunn/1|
|OT||2:52||BGS||3-2||PP GW||Brandon Hawkins (1)||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Alabama Huntsville (3-5-1)||2/5||5/10||0|
|Bowling Green (6-3-3)||3/5||5/10||0|
|Alabama Huntsville Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Matt Larose (L, 1-2-0)||62:45||3||6||9||7||3||25|
|Bowling Green Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Chris Nell (W, 3-2-3)||62:52||2||4||8||4||0||16|
Brandon Hawkins saved a great time for his first goal of the season. The team's leading scorer as a freshman a year ago took until Friday night to break out of an early-season scoring slump, burying an overtime game-winner for a dramatic 3-2 win over the Alabama Huntsville Chargers in the BGSU Ice Arena. The victory extends the Falcons' home unbeaten streak to eight games, which is tied for second-longest nationally.
"The result was what we wanted," BGSU Hockey coach Chris Bergeron said. "But I don't think we played very well. The times when we were able to win pucks on entries and go from low-to-high in the offensive zone and put some pucks on net, it looked like there was some purpose to it."
Success on the power play was rare for the Falcons during the first ten games of the season, as the team was 2-for-34 during that stretch. However, those fortunes have reversed, as Bowling Green's offensive success during its current two-game winning streak is attributable almost entirely to its special teams play.
All three of BGSU's goals Friday occurred during power play opportunities. Overall, the Falcons were 3-for-5 with a man advantage, and dating back to their 3-2 win at Michigan Tech last weekend, they have goals on five of their last ten power plays.
"We scored a bunch of goals in practice yesterday on the power play," Bergeron said. "Confidence is a crazy thing. After a day like yesterday, we felt pretty good and they carried it over."
But the Chargers' power play also worked. They were 2-for-5 with an extra man, and that includes a third period goal in a 5-on-3 situation. BGSU's ability to get the extra penalty kill was the difference in the game.
The first period of the contest was relatively quiet. The teams combined for just 11 shots on goal and none during the first six minutes of the game. The Chargers managed just four shots, the second-lowest total allowed by BGSU this season in a single period.
During the middle of the first, UAH was called for back-to-back penalties. While Brandon Parker was serving the second for cross-checking, Mark Friedman took a shot from the left boards. Goalie Matt Larose saved the shot but the puck found the stick of Shane Bednard. Buzzing around the crease, Kevin Dufour leaped on the opportunity and buried a shot as the puck just squeaked off of Bednard's stick to give BGSU a 1-0 lead.
The second period was scoreless, but both teams had prime chances to find the back of the net. Dajon Mingo was called for interference early in the second, and that led to a Max McHugh shot that rang off the post. Later in the penalty, Sean Walker had a breakaway chance for a short-handed goal, but Larose made an excellent glove save to keep the game 1-0.
UAH put together their best offensive barrage of the game after a media timeout at the 7:54 mark, as they peppered Chris Nell with six shots over a five-minute span. Nell saved each, and the Chargers had only two more shots for the remainder of the second.
The third period began with Sean Walker in the box for interference, and 56 seconds in, Chris Pohlkamp joined him. UAH scored the equalizer 38 seconds later when Chad Brears sailed a shot off the post and past Nell.
BGSU had to kill the remainder of the penalty and again had a breakaway chance, but Larose saved a shot from Mark Cooper. A few minutes later, Cody Champagne was called for his second penalty of the game. With 37 seconds left in the power play, Brett D'Andrea shot a one-timer past Larose to give the Falcons a 2-1 lead. It was D'Andrea's first goal of the season.
Mingo went to the box again at the 8:11 mark of the third, and the back-and-forth offense continued. This time, Jetlan Houcher evened the game on the power play, and the game remained tied 2-2 through the end of regulation.
Bowling Green dominated the overtime. The Falcons took all four shots of the extra session, and the Chargers' fate was sealed when Josh Kestner was called for boarding just 1:46 into the extra frame. Bowling Green worked a strong power play and Alabama Huntsville tried to clear the puck from just in front of the crease. But Brent Tate harassed the Charger skater and Hawkins was able to keep the clear chance in the zone. He drove home the unassisted game winner 66 seconds into the power play for his first goal and BGSU's first overtime win of the season.
"He's a pretty dangerous player," Bergeron said of Hawkins. "We thought that the power play might help him get going a little bit. If he gets a look like that from that part of the ice, the result is very often what the result was tonight."
The Falcons outshot the Chargers 28-18 overall. The 18 shots on goal allowed is a season-low for BGSU, besting the previous low of 22 at Canisius on Oct. 16. The Falcons also won the faceoff battle, 34-25.
BGSU is now unbeaten in eight consecutive home games. They are tied with Boston University for the second-longest streak nationally, one behind Quinnipiac.
The Falcons (6-3-3, 3-2-2 WCHA) will host Alabama-Huntsville (3-5-1, 2-4-1 WCHA) again Saturday at 7:07 pm in a game televised regionally on BCSN. BGSU continues their six-game home stand against Northern Michigan and Minnesota State over the following two weekends.