The Eagle River Falcons kept pace with the leaders in the Great Lakes Hockey League last week, winning again at home in a 8-6 contest over the visiting Marquette Mutineers.

Things got going early for the Falcons as their special teams came to play, first killing two early penalties to stop Marquette from gaining an early advantage, and then on the back end converting on their first power play of the night to take a 1-0 lead.

After Alex Hauswirth opened the scoring with assists from Jake Robinson and Derek Tijan, he doubled-up just minutes later, again on the power play as he this time took assists from both Tijan and Lucas Otto to make it 2-0 Falcons with 5:15 to play in the first.

Devin Sauvola then waited all of 38 seconds before adding to the Falcons’ lead as he scored on assists from Anthony Caroselli and Tanner Ahlborn which made it 3-0 heading into the second.

Marquette opened the second period with their first goal as Brandon Smaby snuck one past Falcons’ goalie Mike Madosh to make it a 3-1 game.

It took the home team only13 seconds following that score to get it back as the brotherly connection of Lucas Otto from Michael Otto netted the younger brother his first of the night, which made it 4-1.

The back-and-fourth then continued as Craig Hertz scored on the power play for Marquette, making it 4-2.

Hauswirth’s second of the night then came with 6:57 left in the second period which was unassisted and made the score 5-2. Marquette though came right back to stay within striking distance heading into the third, scoring with 3:09 left in the period to make it 5-3.

In his first game skating with the Falcons, former Northland Pines skater Tuck­er Wittkopf converted on his first goal of his career, assisted by Sauvola, which made it 6-3.

Marquette would come back with two goals to get within one as Cody Bordeau and Chris Freeborn notched goals to make it 6-5.

Mike Otto then scored for the home team, which gave them a two-goal cushion at 7-5. Marquette’s Smaby then poked through his second score of the contest to get the visiting Mutineers within a goal at 7-6 with 7:44 to play.

The Falcons’ defense rode out the rest of the game in control, leaning on Madosh who turned away Marquette before an empty net shot and score from Robinson ended the suspense and the game at 8-6 in favor of Eagle River.

The win for the Falcons moves both their season and league record to 4-1, keeping them within striking distance of league-leading Mosinee, who with a 7-1 record sits atop the standings with 14 points.

In second place is Calu­met with 11 points and a 5-2 record. Next is Eagle River with eight points, tied with Portage Lake (4-5) and West Bend (4-1). Marquette follows with a 3-8 record and six points while Fond du Lac is in seventh at 2-3 and five points, Fox Cities in eighth with a 2-6 record and four points and De Pere in last place at 1-2 and three points.

The Falcons will continue their homestand this weekend when they face Portage Lake on Saturday at 8 p.m. Following that will be the Derby game set for Saturday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m. against De Pere.