|Updated 11:50 p.m., BGSU hockey beats Lake Superior in series opener (2-1-13)|
|Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor|
|Friday, 01 February 2013 21:27|
The Falcons were solid offensively, defensively and in goal for a 4-1 victory over Lake Superior in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association game at the Ice Arena.
Brett Mohler, Dajon Mingo, Dan DeSalvo and Ben Murphy scored for BG, which ended a three-game losing streak. BOX SCORE
Mingo’s goal snapped a 1-1 tie at 6:27 of the second period, and DeSalvo and Murphy clinched the victory with goals in the first five minutes of the third period. PHOTO GALLERY
The Falcons held a 33-26 edge in shots, and Andrew Hammond was sharp in goal with 25 saves.
BG and Michigan, a 3-2 winner over Michigan State, moved past Northern Michigan and into eighth place in the CCHA. NMU is idle this weekend.
The Falcons and Michigan each have 22 points, followed by NMU with 20 and MSU with 16 in the 11-team league. BG can move within one point of seventh-place Lake Superior by beating the Lakers again Saturday. The sixth-, seventh- and eighth-place teams host first-round playoff series.
The Falcons, who won their fourth straight home game, are 9-13-5 overall and 6-10-3-1 in the CCHA. The Lakers, who didn’t play well, are 13-15-1, 8-12-1-1.
“We played really well,” said BG defenseman Bobby Shea, who had two assists and wasn’t on the ice for the Laker goal. “We played really well as a team all-around.”
But for as well as the Falcons played, they’ll have to do it again Saturday at 7:05 p.m. in their next biggest game of the season.
“We know we’re battling with Lake State and a sweep would be huge,” Shea said. “It would be really crucial for us to get six points instead of three and a split. If you split, it evens out and we don’t pick up points on them. We know we have to keep playing our game. We can’t take our foot off the gas.”
The Falcons haven’t swept a CCHA series since Nov. 14-15, 2008 at home against NMU. BG’s last nonleague sweep was at home last season against Canisius. BG is 0-3-1 this season when going for a sweep.
“The better teams are able to close out weekends,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said. “They’re going to elevate their game and we have to elevate ours. That’s the challenge. We want our mind-set to be we need to finish this thing. It’s going to be a very difficult task.”
The Falcons were in control for most of the game, although the score was close until the third period.
BG controlled the puck in the offensive zone and made good plays to score its goals.
The first three came on nice deflections. Murphy, who has been encouraged to shoot the puck more on the power play, scored from the right circle with the man advantage.
Eleven Falcons had at least one point in the game and Shea was the only Falcon with two.
Ryan Carpenter had an assist to extend his point streak to 11 games, while freshman defenseman Jose Delgadillo had his first point with an assist.
“Our forwards were working really hard,” Shea said.
The Falcons continued to make it a point to shoot often and put heavy traffic around the net, which is even more important against a team like Lake Superior, which has two outstanding goalies.
BG had scored just one goal in each of its last three games and is averaging just 2.1 goals per game this season.
“You need to at least let (the goalies) know it’s going to be a long night and our guys did that,” Bergeron said.
BG defended well most of the game. The Falcons have allowed two or fewer goals in eight of their last nine games.
The only negative for BG was its power play, which was 1-of-6. The Falcons failed to score on three straight chances with the extra man when the game was 1-1. One of the power plays was a five-minute major.
“We could have put the game away early,” Bergeron said. “(The power play) wasn’t awful. (But) on a night, we’ve got the intensity and the zone time, we’ve got to get results.”
BG killed off all three Laker power plays.
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