BG offense a work in progress (01-03-13)
Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor
Thursday, 03 January 2013 10:48
Bowling Green's offense remains a work in progress.
|Niagra's Kevin Albers (17), left, attempts to block a pass by Bowling Green's Andrew Wallace (27). (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
The Falcon hockey team is averaging just 1.88 goals per game, although it has scored at least three goals in three of its last four games.
"All three of those games could have been five or six goals," Bergeron said of the last four games. "We have to continue to look at it in pieces - continue to generate a bunch of grade A (scoring) opportunities, continue to have the power play contribute in terms of results."
BG had 43 shots on goal during last Saturday's 3-0 win over No. 17 Niagara.
"There were chances to show poise around Niagara's net and we didn't," Bergeron said. "We're continuing to work on it in practice where we're putting guys in opportunities to score goals. We're putting guys in situations where it's a 2-on-1 or a 3-on-2 where you have to make a play to score a goal. Hopefully, that process is going to pay off in terms of consistency. If you score three, four goals a game, it takes pressure off of everybody."
Bergeron said the 43 shots against Niagara - well above BG's per game of 25.9 - resulted from improved play at the offensive blueline.
The Falcons had fewer turnovers and were able to control the puck for extended periods in the offensive zone.
"We can be pretty good when we're doing it that way," Bergeron said.
BG will be tested Saturday and Sunday when it travels to Canisius, which ranks fourth nationally in goals allowed (1.78 per game).
Canisius junior Tony Capobianco is 10th nationally with a 1.79 goals-against average and eighth with a .941 save percentage.
DEFENSE: One of the major keys for BG in the second half is improved play from its defensemen, and Bergeron praised the defense for its play in the Niagara win.
The defense corps consisted of Marcus Perrier, Jose Delgadillo, Mike Sullivan Bobby Shea, Connor Kucera and Ryan Peltoma.
"For the most part, the (defense) corps was good," Bergeron said.
HONORED: BG's Andrew Hammond is the Central Collegiate Hockey Association goalie of the week, the league announced Wednesday.
The senior had 38 saves against Niagara.
The shutout was Hammond's second of the season and the sixth of his career.
Tyler Masters holds both BG records. He had three shutouts during the 2000-01 season and finished with seven career shutouts. He played from 1999-2003.
FINALLY: BG's win over Niagara was its first at home since beating over Michigan Feb. 24, 2012.
The Falcons were 0-8-2 in their last 10 games, setting a school record for the most home games without a win. The previous record of seven was set during the 1991-92 (0-5-2) and 1997-98 (0-7) seasons.
REMATCH: This weekend's series concludes a home-and-home contract for BG and Canisius.
The Falcons won twice at home last season, posting 4-1 and 3-1 victories.
CCHA FOES: BG is the third CCHA opponent for Canisius this season.
The Golden Griffins (6-8-4 overall) were 3-1 winners over Alaska-Fairbanks Oct. 13 in a game played at Anchorage, Alaska.
Canisius was swept at 10th-ranked Western Michigan (3-0, 2-1) Oct. 19-20.
INJURIES: BG forward Chad Sumsion won't play at Canisius after spraining his ankle against Niagara, Bergeron said. He isn't expected to practice this week.
"I don't think (the injury) was bad as the initial feeling. It looked like he was in some serious pain," Bergeron said. "But he's not a ways away from practicing. It's not going to be an extended period."
BG forward Brent Tate (back) could play this weekend after missing the last nine games.
"All indications are that he will be in the mix to play," Bergeron said. "He's practiced hard. He's had five practices and two of those were bang and crash days and he seemed to be OK."
WHY: The BG-Canisius games start at 12:05 p.m. because of scheduling conflicts at the Buffalo State University Ice Arena (1,800 capacity) where Canisius plays its home games.
Buffalo State has home men's and women's hockey games Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, respectively, and another home women's game Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
FALCON TIES: Canisius head coach Dave Smith is a former assistant coach at BG, while assistant coach B.J. Adams played college hockey at BG.
Last Updated on Saturday, 05 January 2013 14:05