|(Updated 2:40 a.m.) Falcons fall in shootout to Alaska (12-8-12)|
|Written by Sentinel Sports Staff|
|Sunday, 09 December 2012 02:51|
FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Andy Taranto scored the only goal of the shootout Saturday night to give the University of Alaska a 4-3 win over Bowling Green in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association game.
The best-of-3 shootout came after the game was tied 3-3 through regulation and five minutes of overtime.
The game counts as a tie under NCAA rules. Each team received one point in the CCHA standings, with Alaska earning a second point for winning the shootout. BOX SCORE
BG rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the third period to reach overtime. Adam Berkle’s 6-on-5 extra-attacker goal with 56.7 seconds remaining tied the game.
Mark Cooper’s second goal of the series, during a 5-on-3 power play, brought the Falcons within 3-2 with 15:05 to play.
Taranto scored on the first shot of the shootout.
“We’re really pleased with the way our guys battled,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said. “From start to finish, we played a better game than we did last night.
“The shootout didn’t go our way, but down 3-1, we had every reason to get away from our game and panic, and we didn’t do that. We executed very well on the 5-on-3 power play and got rewarded with some good play during the 6-on-5 to score the tying goal. I’m really happy with the fight we showed.”
Despite losing the shootout, BG still earned four out of a possible six points in the series to pull into a tie with Michigan State and Northern Michigan for ninth place in the CCHA. Each team has 10 points, three behind eighth-place Michigan.
The Falcons were 3-2 winners Friday to earn three points, despite being out-shot by a 41-16 margin.
BG, coming off a two-week break, is 3-9-4 overall and 2-6-3-1 in the CCHA. Alaska is 6-8-4, 4-7-3-1.
“We’re pleased to get the four points,” Bergeron said. “Any time you come up here and get four out of six points, you’re doing something pretty good. We haven’t been doing enough good this first half. It’s definitely a little bit of momentum as we move forward. I’m glad that 14 days off worked in a positive way.”
Alaska held a 44-31 edge in shots. BG’s Andrew Hammond made 41 saves.
“We played well,” Bergeron said. “Tonight was one of those games where three or four plays on both sides of the puck, we would like to have over. But that’s something we’re trying to figure out. The fight was there. The intensity was there. For the most part, our execution wasn’t bad. We had chances to score.”
The Nanooks took a 1-0 lead on Cody Kunyk’s goal just 59 seconds into the game, but BG tied the game when Cam Wojtala scored at 3:02 of the second period.
Alaska built a 3-1 lead on goals from Michael Quinn at 9:57 of the second period and Tyler Morley on the power play at 3:14 of the third period.
BG was 1-of-5 on the power play, while Alaska was 1-of-8.
The Falcons killed off a 5-on-3 power play with Alaska holding a 3-1 lead just after Quinn scored.
“We had some big kills,” Bergeron said. “Overall, I was proud of the penalty-kill.”
BG’s power-play was 1-of-9 in the series.
“We’re getting more (offensive) zone time,” Bergeron said. “We’re getting more opportunities. Now, we need results.”
Hammond played well, stopping 38 shots in regulation and three in OT after allowing a goal in the game’s first minute.
“I liked the way he responded,” Bergeron said. “He hung in there and did a nice job.”
|Last Updated on Sunday, 09 December 2012 04:02|
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