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Updated 11:53 p.m., BGSU hockey loses Game 1 to Lake Superior (3-8-13) PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 March 2013 23:01
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BG’s Andrew Hammond (1) prepares to make a save against Lake Superior’s Nick McParland as teammate Rusty Hafner tries to block the shot Friday night in CCHA playoff action. (Photo: Drew Putvin/Lake Superior State University)
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Domenic Monardo and Bryce Schmitt scored in the second period Friday to give Lake Superior a 2-0 win over Bowling Green in the first game of their Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoff series.
The goals complemented the solid goaltending of Kevin Kapalka, who stopped 31 shots.
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Although BG held a 31-28 edge in shots, it didn’t play well and didn’t display much effort and intensity.
“A disappointing night,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said.
The Falcons, ninth in the league during the regular season, have lost three straight and five of their last six games.
And during the last two weekends, BG’s play has been inconsistent.
“Most of the second half (of the season), we’ve shown lots of fight, but tonight was a little too much of what we’ve been lately,” Bergeron said.
BG has won its last two first-round series after dropping Game 1 on the road, both against Northern Michigan.
“We have to find a way not to feel sorry for ourselves or not to think about what could be if we don’t win,” Bergeron said. “Ultimately, we’ve been in this position before and we’re going to have to find a way to respond.”
Monardo scored just 21 seconds into the second period and Schmitt doubled the lead two minutes later.
Monardo’s CCHA-leading 20th goal of the season came after the Lakers won a battle for the puck just inside the BG blueline. Dan Radke made a perfect cross-ice pass to a wide-open Monardo.
“We were giving Monardo way too much time and space and he’s a guy who makes you pay for that,” Bergeron said.
Schmitt converted a 2-on-1 rush after a BG turnover.
Kapalka played well and received support from his teammates, who didn’t allow many quality scoring chances.
Lake Superior, eighth in the CCHA, improved to 17-19-1 overall. BG is 13-19-5.
“We weren’t able to put up much of a fight after that,” Bergeron said of the 2-0 deficit.
The Falcon power play had a chance to make a major statement just 79 seconds into the game when Lake Superior’s Lain Kellan received five-minute and game misconduct penalties for contact to the head.
But BG didn’t score and generated only four shots in those five minutes.
“Them killing it off and our not doing much on that, really hurt us and set the tone,” Bergeron said. “Not only did we not score, we didn’t create anything. We had maybe one legitimate chance. That was an indication of what the rest of the game was going to be.
“We all know who is on the power play, those are our top guys, our leaders,” Bergeron added. “The effort wasn’t there and that’s the most concerning part. For the effort not to be there in the situation we’re in, where you’re playing for tomorrow if you don’t win this series in terms of hockey. The fight just was not there.”
BG didn’t have a shot during its only other power play in the game, that coming with 4:49 left in regulation.
Andrew Hammond made 26 saves for BG. The senior was sharp after a subpar effort in last Saturday’s 4-1 loss at Notre Dame.
The ND game was his first start after injuring his knee Feb. 6 in practice. He played in relief during the series opener at ND and then started Game 2.
Against Lake Superior, Hammond single-handedly kept BG in the game. The Lakers easily could have led by three or four goals by the end of the second period.
“Hammond made the easy saves, but he also made some tough saves look easy,” Bergeron said. “He was on top of his game tonight.”
Lake Superior’s power play was 0-of-3.
Last Updated on Saturday, 09 March 2013 08:34
 

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