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Updated 1:25 p.m., Not playing hard for Falcons' Carpenter (12-24-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Tuesday, 24 December 2013 10:05
Ryan Carpenter

Ryan Carpenter is hoping his days of being a spectator are almost over.
The junior forward on the Bowling Green Falcon hockey team hasn’t played in a game this season because of a broken finger and a broken foot.
He broke the finger when he was hit by a shot during BG’s exhibition Oct. 5. He was set to return for BG’s series at Ferris State Nov. 15-16, but was hit by a shot in practice Nov. 13 and hasn’t skated since.
Carpenter, who was named to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association coaches preseason all-league team, led BG with 18 goals and 33 points last season.
“It’s been hard I’m not used to not playing and being a part of the everyday activities,” Carpenter said. “It’s really tested my patience.
“I’ve learned a lot. Hockey is such a big part of my life and I’m not participating, but I’ve learned that even though I’m not playing hockey, I can still be happy and joyful everyday. My happiness isn’t dictated by playing hockey.”
Carpenter is hoping to return to the lineup at Alabama-Huntsville Jan. 3-4.
“The foot feels better,” Carpenter said. “I’m looking forward to getting back out there.”
The Falcons play seventh-ranked Boston College Friday, and Robert Morris or Penn State Saturday in the Three Rivers Classic in Pittsburgh.
Carpenter is expected to skate with the team in practice both days in Pittsburgh, but won’t play in either game.


Last Updated on Thursday, 26 December 2013 13:18
BG looking forward to bowl (12-24-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Tuesday, 24 December 2013 09:46
BGSU football players Bryan Thomas (right) and Jonathan Fry (left) move to board a charter bus with luggage as player and staffers load up for the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl in Detroit. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bowling Green's football team is looking forward to closing out the Dave Clawson-era with a victory over Pittsburgh Thursday in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. in Ford Field.
''It's been a tremendous and rewarding five years and let's enjoy each other, enjoy this team, and enjoy this season for this three-day window, and for those three hours on that field Thursday night,'' said BG's Adam Scheier, the interim head coach, just before the team boarded the busses Monday afternoon to head to Detroit.
Over the last five years, Clawson rebuilt the program which had gone 2-10 in 2010 to a 10-3 team this season, including a 47-27 victory over previously undefeated and nationally-ranked Northern Illinois in the Mid-American Conference championship.
Gamble to start Johnson pays off for Falcons (12-24-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Tuesday, 24 December 2013 09:27
The Falcons gambled on Matt Johnson, and it paid off in a big way.
After a spirited battle in spring practices and fall drills between Johnson and Matt Schilz, the Bowling Green State University football coaching staff decided to use both quarterbacks in the season-opener against Tulsa.
Johnson came in for the third series against Tulsa and has started every game since, leading the Falcons to a 10-3 overall record, a conference championship, and a bowl game. Bowling Green plays Pittsburgh in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Thursday with kickoff at 6 p.m. in Detroit’s Ford Field.
‘‘I think sometimes there is greater risk in not making a move like that,’’ said former BG head coach Dave Clawson, who made the final decision to use Johnson.
‘‘We want to run a competitive program, and we tell our players every day that they are fighting for a job, they’re fighting for playing time,’’ Clawson added. ‘‘If you are truly that way, I don’t think you can protect anybody. You need internal competition.’’
Falcons ready to face nation's best defensive lineman (12-24-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Tuesday, 24 December 2013 09:31
There will be 11 players on the field for each team on every play during the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl game between Bowling Green and Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Kickoff is at 6 p.m. in Detroit’s Ford Field.
However, the key matchup for the game could come down to four players — Bowling Green’s interior offensive linemen Dominic Flewellyn (left guard), ‘Chief’ Kekuewa (center), and Alex Huettel (right guard) — against Pittsburgh’s standout defensive tackle Aaron Donald.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 09:44
Lynch emerges as Falcons' top tackler (12-23-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Monday, 23 December 2013 09:32
D.J. Lynch
The competition for playing time has helped D.J. Lynch become the player that he is today for the Bowling Green football Falcons.
Lynch, a 5-foot-11, 244-pound redshirt junior, is the Falcons' leading tackler this season. A linebacker, Lynch has 78 tackles, including a team-high 7.5 tackles for loss.
He was a second-team All-Mid-American Conference selection this fall.
After making three starts in the past two years when he was battling Paul Swan for playing time, Lynch is a full-time starter this season.
''I been playing behind him for two years,'' Lynch said about Swan. ''I've been learning from him for two years, and now this was a chance for me to show what I can do as a starter. I just go out there and play my best.''
The competition was intense.
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