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Falcons' Freibergs named to Latvian Olympic hockey team (1-7-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 12:59
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BG's Ralfs Freibergs shoots the puck during last Friday's win against Alabama-Huntsville (Photo: Todd Pavlack/BGSUHockey.com)
Bowling Green sophomore defenseman Ralfs Freibergs has been selected to play for Latvia in next month’s Winter Olympics.
The 5-foot-11, 191-pounder learned of his selection Sunday after returning from the Falcons’ Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at Alabama-Huntsville.
Freibergs, an offensive defenseman who skates well, is the Falcons’ third-leading scorer with 16 points on one goal and 15 assists. He also has an on-ice rating of plus-3.
Freibergs, who is from Riga, Latvia, played for his native country in the World Championships in 2013.
“It’s a great honor,” said Freibergs, who is 24. “It’s something you always dream about, but you never expect it to happen. I’m very, very excited to be playing in the Olympics and to be a part of the entire Olympic experience.”
“It’s a great honor for him,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said. “We’re really, really excited for him.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 12:32
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Former BG coach has Indiana women ranked for first time in 21 years PDF Print E-mail
Written by DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer   
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 10:04
Former Bowling Green Falcon head coach Curt Miller figured it was going to be a long rebuilding project when he took over Indiana last season. Maybe it won’t take as long as the veteran coach thought.
The undefeated Hoosiers earned their first Top 25 ranking in nearly 21 years Monday when they entered the poll at No. 22.
“We’re ahead of schedule,” Miller said in a phone interview. “Last year we think we overachieved at 11-19. Coming into this year we were predicted to finish 12th in the conference because we graduated our three leading scorers. To do what we’ve done already in year two is great, but our long journey is far from being over.”
There wasn’t much celebration of the ranking on campus as Indiana (14-0) was closed for the storm that was blasting the Midwest. Being in the Top 25 is something expected in the basketball crazed state — on the men’s side that is. The men’s program has been ranked for a total of 175 weeks since the women’s only previous appearance in the poll.
Earning the first ranking since more than half his players were born is a great accomplishment for Miller’s team.
“We’re really excited now,” he said. “We are just in the baby steps of rebuilding this program where it needs to be. We’re off to a good start and there is great chemistry in the locker room.”
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Front court key for Falcon men (01-07-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 09:36
Strong contributions from the front court have been key for the Bowling Green State University men's basketball team this season.
The Falcons, 6-7 in the non-conference season, open Mid-American Conference play Wednesday with a home game against Eastern Michigan. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. in the Stroh Center.
''It's a challenge. We look forward to playing every game hard,'' BG junior Richaun Holmes, who leads the team in scoring at 14.2 points per game, said about the MAC season. ''We're going to watch film, practice, work some kinks out, and just get ready to go as hard as we can over these next 18 games.
''I know a lot of people don't think we have what it takes,'' he continued. ''We work hard every day together and we know what we're capable of. We can have a good run throughout the MAC season.''
The 6-foot-8 Holmes, along with 6-10 senior Cameron Black, and 6-7 sophomore Spencer Parker, have played well inside on both offense and defense for the Falcons.
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Injuries shorten bench for BG men (01-07-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 09:43
Injuries have forced the Bowling Green Falcon men's basketball team to play with a short bench this season.
The Falcons, 6-7 overall, open Mid-American Conference play Wednesday with a home game against Eastern Michigan. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. in the Stroh Center.
The bulk of the minutes have gone to six players. Four of BG's five starters are averaging over 30 minutes per game. Cameron Black, a starter, is averaging 27.8 minutes per game. Freshman J.D. Tisdale has been the first option off the bench, averaging 19.6 minutes per game.
Chauncey Orr, the son of BG head coach Louis Orr, was injured in the Falcons' first game this season. A junior, Orr underwent season-ending knee surgery. Senior Craig Sealey has played in six games because of a knee injury. Freshman Zach Denny has been cleared to play, but has still not seen action.
''You have three guys, who if healthy, would be in the rotation,'' coach Orr said. ''As a coach, you have to manage the minutes.
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Falcon hockey completes sweep of Alabama-Huntsville (1-4-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel Sports Staff   
Sunday, 05 January 2014 00:37
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BG's Kevin Dufour looks for a rebound after UAH's Carmine Guerriero makes the save. (Photo: Todd Pavlack/BGSUHockey.com)
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Bowling Green completed a series sweep Saturday night.
Dan DeSalvo had a goal and two assists, and Tommy Burke stopped 26 shots to lead the Falcons to a 4-1 win over Alabama-Huntsville.
The Falcons took a 1-0 lead in the first period and extended the lead to 4-0 in the second period before UAH spoiled BG’s shutout bid.
Rusty Hafner added one goal and one assist for BG, while Mike Sullivan and Brent Tate scored the other goals.
The Falcons were out-shot by a 27-26 margin.  BOX SCORE
BG was coming off a solid performance Friday when it posted a 7-0 win over the Chargers in which held a 45-22 margin in shots.
“We weren’t as sharp as we were last night, and some of that had to do with (UAH) because they pushed hard,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said. “We were opportunistic and made things happen on our faceoffs all weekend long.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 09:22
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