|BG seeking even better play (02-06-13)|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Wednesday, 06 February 2013 09:26|
Bowling Green resumes its quest for home ice in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs Friday and Saturday.
The Falcons host Michigan State in a home-and-home series.
BG is coming off a home sweep of Lake Superior. The Falcons played well in a 4-1 win in Game 1 and found a way post a 7-3 win in Game 2, even though they weren't sharp.
"We need to take our game to another level," BG coach Chris Bergeron said. "It's not going to be long before you won't have tomorrow. We've got to get out of that, 'well, I've got tomorrow mentality and this play really doesn't matter that much.' Every play has to matter."
The MSU series is a dangerous one for BG, which is tied with Michigan for the eighth and final home playoff spot.
BG and Michigan each have 25 points, five ahead of 10th-place Northern Michigan and nine ahead of last-place MSU in the 11-team league.
The Falcons, 8-4-2 in their last 14 games, can't afford to look past MSU. The Spartans are 7-18-3 overall and 5-14-1 in the CCHA.
"That's one of the challenges for a team that hasn't had a lot of success over a long period of time," Bergeron said about not looking past MSU after sweeping Lake Superior.
BG and Michigan are just one point behind seventh-place Lake Superior.
REMATCH: BG and MSU split a November series. The Falcons were 1-0 winners at MSU Nov. 2, but lost 6-1 at home the next night.
"We got our rear ends kicked at home," Bergeron said. "They handed it to us and they were laughing at us, and that's all fine. We deserved it. We take ownership of that. Hopefully, that stings a little bit. Hopefully, that burns. I would like to see a little glimmer in our eyes because of that."
HOME ICE: BG's improved play and the team's fan support is making the Ice Arena a difficult place to play again. The Falcons have won five straight home games.
The Lake Superior series drew a total of 5,950 fans and the arena started to have a little of the feel it did during BG's glory days in the 1970s and 1980s.
"Anybody that's been around this league for a long time, whether it be player, coach or both, knows how loud this place is and knows how difficult this place is to play," said Bergeron, who competed in the Ice Arena as a player and as an assistant coach at Miami. "It's a unique place, an atmosphere that's just different than other places."
BG's student section was filled to capacity last weekend.
"The newer, flashier buildings don't have what this place can have and we've seen bits and pieces of that," Bergeron said. "The student section has been outstanding." - GORDON
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