FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Bowling Green State University hockey team utilized two power play goals in less than two minutes in the third period to propel them to a 4-2 victory over Alaska on Friday night (March 6), giving the Falcons the 1-0 advantage in the best-of-three series to open the first round of the WCHA playoffs. Tim Theocharidis led the Falcons statistically, netting a power play goal while also assisting on two more scores. The win pushes the Falcons' unbeaten streak to nine games, tying them for the longest active streak in the nation. Additionally, the win marks the 20th of the season for the Falcons, being the sixth consecutive 20-win season for the program, the second longest streak in program history.
- After a slow first period offensively, the Nanooks netted the first goal of the game with 1:46 remaining in the first period, coming on the power play. It was Max Newton that scored with assists from Steven Jandric and Kylar Hope.
- Less than two minutes into the second period, Alex Barber was able to find the back of the net on a breakaway, being set up by Brandon Kruse on the score. The second assist on the tying goal came from Theocharidis.
- In the third period, the Falcons broke the tie with a score from Alec Rauhauser, a slapshot from near the blue line that made its way through with an assist from Kruse.
- Just 37 seconds later the Nanooks once again tied the game up, seeing a score by James LaDouce with assists from Newton and Chris Jandric.
- On the power play after a hooking call against Alaska, Theocharidis knocked the puck past the Alaska goalie, who was using a skater's stick after losing his behind the net. Taylor Schneider and Frederic Letourneau had the assists.
- A minute and 32 seconds after assisting on Theocharidis' goal, Letourneau netted a power play goal of his own, utilizing some quick stick work in front of the net to put the puck past. Theocharidis had the primary assist, his third point of the night, with Will Cullen getting the secondary.
Other Key Plays
- The first shot of the game was attempted by Alaska two minutes into the game with it being the lone shot on goal deep into the first period.
- After two penalties went against the Falcons within 20 seconds of each other, the Nanooks had a 5v3 opportunity, but it was cut short due to a penalty of their own.
- Just a minute after Barber's second period goal, Evan Dougherty had a look from the crease that would have given the Falcons the lead, but the puck ended up underneath the Alaska goalie with the score still knotted.
- With just over two minutes remaining in the second period, Connor Ford had a breakaway attempt that was saved. On the same play, Letourneau slid into the goal, resulting in some pushing and shoving in front of the net.
- Just seconds before the second period ended, Barber rang the puck off the post for what would have been the go-ahead goal, but the clock expired before the Falcons could get another attempt on the possession.
- With 11:34 remaining in the game, each team saw a player called for a four-minute double-minor in addition to each team having a second player get a penalty. When it was all said and done, each team had two players in the box for about four minutes of game time with play remaining 5v5 throughout.
- Before Theocharidis scored the first power play goal of the night for the Falcons, Ford rang the puck off the post, nearly scoring for Bowling Green.
- While Theocharidis scored, the Nanooks committed another play, putting the Falcons back on the power play without time running off the clock between power plays.
- After the final media timeout, coming at 2:45, Alaska pulled their goal, but Bowling Green was able to fend off the 6v5 to secure the win.
Falcon Stat Facts
- With the win, the Falcons capture win number 20 of the season, continuing a streak of now six straight 20-win seasons. The streak is now tied for the second longest in program history with the streak that ran from 1973-74 until 1978-79, serving the duration of Ron Mason's tenure at the helm of the Falcons. The longest streak is set at nine seasons, spanning from 1981-82 until 1989-90.
- With Cornell off this weekend, the win also ties Bowling Green for the longest active unbeaten streak in the country, now at nine games with the Orange and Brown being 7-0-2 over their last nine.
- When scoring four or more goals this season, the Falcons are now 11-0-0.
- Scoring a goal and adding two assists, Theocharidis had his first career three-point game in the Orange and Brown while also being his first multiple-assist effort of the season. The three points push his season total to 13, setting a new career-high while extending his career-high for assists, now with 10 on the year. The score also came on the power play, marking his second power play goal of the season and his collegiate career.
- Letourneau also had a multiple-point effort with a goal and an assist, his fifth of the season and eighth of his career. The assist was his 15th of the season, extending his new career-high while also bringing his point total to 21, being his first 20-point season as a Falcon.
- With the goal, Barber netted his 11th score of the season, extending his new career-high. The goal was also his 27th point of the season, also a career-high.
- Assisting on Barber's score and Rauhauser's score, Kruse registered career points 104 and 105. The point on Barber's goal was also his 30th of the season, joining Rauhauser and Ford as the only Falcons to reach the mark so far this year.
- Rauhauser's score was his 11th of the season, extending his career-high, and served as career point 122.
- Assisting on Theocharidis' goal, Schneider also extended a pair of career-highs, being assists and points in a season, now with 12 assists and his first 20-point season as a Falcon.
- Logging his 15th point of the season with his ninth assist of the season, Cullen set a new career-high for points in a single season.
- The Falcons will again face Alaska on Saturday night (March 7) for another 11:07 p.m. EST puck drop for the second game of the best-of-three series. If necessary, Sunday will be a 9:07 p.m. EST start.