Bowling Green Tops Alaska Anchorage, 3-2, to Sweep Weekend Series
Freshman Brandon Kruse posts goal and two assists for Falcons

Freshman Brandon Kruse scored a goal and two assists for the Falcons
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 7:22  AKA1-0 EV Tad Kozun (5)Jordan Xavier/2, Alex Jackstadt/4
1st 19:53  AKA2-0 EV Alec Butcher (1)Aaron McPheters/2
2nd 6:48  BGS1-2 EV Chris Pohlkamp (1)Brandon Kruse/15, Mitchell McLain/8
3rd 1:09  BGS2-2 PP Max Johnson (7)Brandon Kruse/16, Alec Rauhauser/22
3rd 13:03  BGS3-2 EV GW Brandon Kruse (5)Casey Linkenheld/1, Brett D'Andrea/6
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Alaska Anchorage  2002
Bowling Green  0123
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Alaska Anchorage  126624
Bowling Green  12171140
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Alaska Anchorage (2-18-4)  0/4 7/14 0
Bowling Green (14-8-6)  1/7 4/8 0
Alaska Anchorage Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Olivier Mantha (L, 2-18-4)58:283 1216937
Empty Net1:320     
Bowling Green Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Eric Dop (W, 7-4-2)60:002 106622

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Freshman Brandon Kruse put together his first career three-point game and led the Falcons to a weekend sweep of Alaska Anchorage in a 3-2 win on Saturday night (Jan. 20) at the Slater Family Ice Arena. Bowling Green fell behind after seven minutes and continued to trail until the third period, when they stormed back for their second third period comeback win of the season. BGSU improves to 14-8-6 overall and 11-4-5-2 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association games. The Falcons now have 40 points and trail conference leader Minnesota State by five with four series remaining for each.

The Bowling Green hockey team earned key back-to-back wins, but they could not have been more different. After a four-goal first period outburst that led to a 6-2 Friday night win, the Falcons fell behind the Seawolves 2-0 after one period on Saturday. UAA scored 7:22 into the contest, then snuck home a second goal with less than seven seconds left in the opening frame. Chris Pohlkamp halved the deficit in the second period with his first goal of the season, but the Falcons trailed heading into the final 20 minutes. In the third, Max Johnson took advantage of a power play chance to even the game after just 1:09, then Brandon Kruse tallied the game-winner with 6:57 to play. The third-goal comeback was only the second of the season for the Falcons; the other was two weeks ago (Jan. 6) at Ferris State.

Scoring Plays

- With the Falcons down 2-0, Chris Pohlkamp lit the lamp for the first time in nearly three years. On a 3-on-2 rush, Mitch McLain finds Brandon Kruse with a cross-ice pass to the left of the Seawolves' net. Kruse passes to the right, where a waiting Pohlkamp takes it and sends a shot past Olivier Mantha for the goal, his first of the season, with 6:48 elapsed in the second period.

- Bowling Green scored the equalizer just 1:09 into the third period. UAA's Mason Anderson was called for hooking at the 0:40 mark, sending the Falcons on the power play. Early in the penalty, Alec Rauhauser sent a short pass to Kruse in the left circle, Kruse hung with the puck until Max Johnson flashed open. Kruse passed to Johnson, who immediately fired a laser past Mantha for a power-play goal that tied the game at 2-2.

- BGSU finally took their first lead of the game with 6:57 remaining on the clock. Casey Linkenheld skated up the boards on the right, and as he skated past the goal line, he mailed a behidn-the-back pass to Brandon Kruse, who was skating to Mantha's right. Kruse took a shot as his feet went out from under him, but he managed to put the puck past Mantha for the 3-2 lead.

Statistical Standouts

- Chris Pohlkamp scored his second career goal and first since Oct. 31, 2015. That goal was also against Alaska-Anchorage and occurred in Pohlkamp's sixth career game with the Falcons.

- Pohlkamp is the 18th different player to score a goal for the Falcons during the 2017-18 season.

- Johnson is now tied for third on the team with seven goals and has found the net in three straight games, while five of Johnson's seven goals as a freshman have come on the power play.

- Kruse earned a goal plus a pair of assists. He ranks second on the team in assists (16) and points (21). This was Kruse's third multi-assist game of the season; all three have occurred in the four weeks. The goal was Kruse's fifth of the season and his first game-winner, while it also gave him his first career three-point game.

- Rauhauser's assist was his team-best 21st and extends his team lead in points to 27.

- McLain extended his point streak to seven games; he has nine points (four goals, five assists) during the streak.

- In addition, Rauhauser and Johnson each extended their points streaks to three games.

- Linkenheld was awarded the primary assist on the game-winning goal; it is his first point of the season. Linkenheld had scored only one other career point, a goal last season in a 3-0 win over Alaska-Anchorage.

- Eric Dop saved 22 of 24 shots for his seventh victory in 13 starts (7-4-2). Dop improved his goals allowed average to 2.66 and his save percentage to .899.

- McLain led the Falcons with seven of the team's 40 shots. Lukas Craggs added five, and Johnson took four.

- BGSU out-shot the Seawolves 40-24 tonight, and 74-43 during the series.

- The Falcons were 1-for-7 on the power play tonight and 2-for-10 in the series. Bowling Green's penalty unit was a perfect 8-for-8 in the two-game series on the penalty kill, 4-for-4 in each game.

- BGSU won the face-off battle 35-32, as McLain (15) and Connor Ford (13) led the team in face-off victories.

- BGSU won their fourth of the year when an opponent scores first and second when trailing after two periods. They are now 11-1-2 when scoring three or more goals.

Up Next

- The Falcons head back out on the road next weekend in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. when they square off against Lake Superior State. The games will be Friday, Jan. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 27, both at 7:07 p.m. ET.

- The Lakers are currently ninth in the ten-team WCHA with 15 points (4-12-3-0).

- BGSU went 1-0-1 against LSSU in November at the Slater Family Ice Arena. The teams tied 2-2 on Friday, Nov. 10 (BGSU won a shootout), and the Falcons won 5-2 on Saturday, Nov. 11.