|Updated 10 a.m., BG hockey hopes to benefit from home ice (10-15-13)|
|Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor|
|Tuesday, 15 October 2013 09:30|
Bowling Green's hockey team is hoping home ice can help it rebound from last weekend's series at Union.
The Falcons didn't play well during the final 65 minutes of the series as the No. 15 Dutchmen posted a 3-3 tie and a 5-2 win.
BG plays three home games this week and five of its next six games in the Ice Arena. The stretch starts tonight when the Falcons host Ohio State in a nonleague game.
"We have to get back to playing hard and then the challenge becomes execution which is what we talked about after Friday's game," BG coach Chris Bergeron said. "Saturday, we didn't have the execution or the fight we normally have. That has to be a staple for us and our execution wasn't good, either."
Tonight's game starts a home-and-home series between the teams that concludes at OSU Oct. 29.
LINEUP: BG junior forward Dajon Mingo (academic suspension) and sophomore fforward Brent Tate (chest injury) will play tonight after sitting out the Union series, Bergeron said.
Junior forward Ryan Carpenter (broken finger) remains out indefinitely.
Mingo, Tate and Carpenter are three of BG's top nine forwards. Carpenter is the team's No. 1 center.
LAYERS: BG freshman Sean Walker quickly has earned a regular shift on defense. The 5-foot-9, 185-pounder has skated on the power-play and penalty-killing units.
"He's proving there's a lot of layers to his game,' Bergeron said. "He's a guy who can defend. He's a little undersized, but he's got some pop to his game. He can be physical and will be physical.
"From an offensive standpoint, he can be very efficient. He seems to be make the right play most of the time. He's a really smart player, so he's picked the system up real quick, the way we want to play. He's guy who can skate, so if he gets into trouble, he can make up for it with his feet."
Walker came to BG from the Newmarket Hurricanes of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.
"There seems to be maturity to him," Bergeron said. "Every day that goes by, there seems to be some real high potential."
ENERGY: BG missed Tate's physical presence at Union. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder also had four goals and nine assists in 24 games last season.
"I like his energy, how hard he plays," Bergeron said. "He makes small hockey plays that sometimes get overlooked because of how hard he plays and because people think he's guy who goes around and just crashes and bangs. That's part of his game, but he makes a bunch of hockey plays and you can never have too many of those guys in the lineup."
OSU: The Buckeyes are 0-2 after losing 6-2, 6-3 to top-ranked Miami in a home-and-home series.
The Buckeyes return 12 forwards, six defensemen and one goalie from last season, including their top four scorers.
"This past weekend's results aren't any indication of what type of team they have," Bergeron said. "Their forwards are really good, guys you really better be aware of when you're out there."
POLL: BG and OSU each received three points in this week's U.S. College Hockey Online poll.
SERIES: Tonight's game is the seventh straight in the Ice Arena between BG and OSU.
OSU posted a 1-0 win and a 3-3 tie in BG last season.
NONLEAGUE: Tonight's game also is the first nonleague meeting between the teams since Oct. 12, 1996. The teams were both in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association that season, but met in a nonleague game to fill out their schedules.
BG and OSU were founding members of the CCHA in 1971-72. But OSU skated as an independent in 1973-74 and 1974-75 and then rejoined the CCHA in 1975-76. The Buckeyes remained in the CCHA until the end of the last season. BG and OSU also played a nonleague game during the 1994-95. OSU joined the BIg Ten at the end of last season.
FUTURE: BG and OSU have tentatively agreed to play home-and-home series during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, Bergeron said.
Those games are expected to be played on a weekend.
HOME COOKING: BG was 7-1 in its final eight home games last season.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 09:58|
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