|BG's Hammond won't play at Ferris (2-14-13)|
|Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor|
|Thursday, 14 February 2013 18:56|
Bowling Green goalie Andrew Hammond won’t play this weekend at Ferris State, Falcon hockey coach Chris Bergeron said Thursday.
The senior will miss his second straight weekend after injuring his knee in practice Feb. 6. He did not travel to Ferris.
Hammond’s status remains day-to-day, Bergeron said.
Hammond hasn’t faced any shots in practice since the injury, although he has been skating since Monday. Those practices allowed Hammond to go through his routine and normal goalie movements on the ice.
“He went on the ice a little bit earlier in the week, and wanted to take a little more time before getting back in the lineup,” Bergeron said.
Hammond has started 22 of BG’s 30 games, posting a 2.52 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.
The Falcons are hoping Hammond will return for the team’s home series against Northern Michigan Feb. 22-23.
BG is battling for home ice in the first round of the CCHA playoffs.
The Falcons are seventh in the league with 28 points, two ahead of eighth-place Lake Superior, three ahead of ninth-place Michigan and five ahead of 10th-place NMU in the battle for the final two home-ice berths.
BG, Lake Superior and NMU each have played 22 games, two fewer than Michigan. Lake Superior is at Ohio State this weekend, while Michigan is idle. NMU visits last-place MSU this weekend before visiting BG the following weekend.
Ferris is fourth in the league and in the midst of the battle of one of the five first-round byes in the playoffs.
With Hammond out, Tommy Burke will start at Ferris.
Burke played well in last weekend’s home-and-home split against MSU, stopping 32-of-35 shots and helping hold the Spartans to 1-of-8 on the power play.
The freshman has a 2.08 goals-against and a .907 save percentage in 11 games.
“He’s got an opportunity and he’s taking advantage of it, and by doing that, it’s nice to know he’s there,” Bergeron said. “Every top-level team has depth in goal and it’s nice to know we have it as well.”
Junior Scott Zacharias, who hasn’t played in a game this season, is Burke’s backup.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 14 February 2013 19:18|
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