|Updated 10:45 p.m., BGSU hockey loses at Northern Michigan (2-28-14)|
|Written by Sentinel Sports Staff|
|Friday, 28 February 2014 22:45|
MARQUETTE, Mich. — Bowling Green’s problems continued Friday night.
The Falcons didn’t play well during the first two periods en route to a 4-1 loss to Northern Michigan.
NMU led from start to finish, leading 1-0 after one period, 3-0 after two periods and extending the lead to 4-0 in the third period. BOX SCORE WCHA SCORES WCHA STANDINGS
BG avoided a shutout on Ryan Carpenter’s power-play goal with just 2:50 remaining in the game.
The Falcons fell to 13-14-6 overall and 10-11-4 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. NMU is 13-18-2, 10-13-1.
Each team had 25 shots on goal, but 13 of BG’s shots came in the third period.
NMU held a 21-12 edge in shots over the first two periods.
The Falcons had too many defensive breakdowns, leading to NMU’s goals. BG also failed to create any consistent offense.
BG is 1-5-2 in its last eight games, including an 0-4-1 record in its last five.
The Falcons have allowed four or more goals in five of their last seven games, and scored two or fewer in four of the their last five contests.
“That’s the funk we’re in right now,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said. “We’re not generating enough offense, and every time we break down defensively, the puck winds up in our net.”
The Wildcats scored first on Stephan Vigier’s goal at 6:59 of the first period, and finished the period with a 9-2 edge in shots on goal and a 24-7 margin in total shots attempted.
“Give Northern Michigan credit — they defended hard in the first period,” Bergeron said.
The Wildcats increased their lead to 3-0 in the second period on goals from Luke Eibler at 10:47 and Brock Maschmeyer just 1:39 later.
In between those goals, NMU’s Mathias Dahlstrom robbed BG’s Sean Walker on a point-blank shot from the left side of the crease. The freshman finished with 21 saves.
“He made three or four great saves,” Bergeron said.
NMU made it 4-0 on John Siemer’s goal at 12:11 of the third period before Carpenter scored to account for the final margin.
“We played a decent third period,” Bergeron said.
The Falcons had just two power plays in the game, both coming in the final three minutes of the game. NMU’s power-play was 0-of-2.
Only four penalties, all minors, were called.
“That’s what we deserved,” Bergeron said of the two power plays. “We didn’t generate enough offense to force them to take more penalties.”
BG played without Cam Wojtala (lower-body injury) and Brent Tate (knee), who are two of their top nine forwards.
Bergeron said Tate may be out for the season. Wojtala didn’t travel to NMU, but Bergeron hopes he’ll play next weekend when BG hosts Bemidji State to finish the regular season.
Defenseman Ralfs Freibergs returned to the lineup after playing for Latvia in the Olympics.
|Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 23:45|
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