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BGSU hockey notebook; Defensemen play well in sweep (3-15-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Sunday, 16 March 2014 01:42
Bowling Green’s defense corps picked the perfect time to have its best weekend of the season.
The team’s six defensemen all played well to help Bowling Green sweep its Western Collegiate Hockey Association quarterfinal series.
The Falcons allowed just three goals and 55 shots en route to a 2-1, 5-2 sweep.
Manning the blueline were juniors Connor Kucera, Marcus Perrier and Mike Sullivan; senior Jake Sloat, sophomore Ralfs Freibergs and freshman Sean Walker.
“The defense corps was as solid as they have been over the course of the year,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said.
The six defended well and effectively broke the puck out of their defensive zone to start BG’s offense.
“We were playing the man pretty well,” Perrier said. “We were taking away time and space, and not giving them a chance.”
Last Updated on Sunday, 16 March 2014 16:51
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Updated 1:50 a.m., BGSU hockey finishes sweep of Michigan Tech (3-15-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Saturday, 15 March 2014 22:21
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With the puck still sitting in the back of the net, BGSU's Adam Berkle celebrates scoring a goal during the first period putting the Falcon's up 2-0. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bowling Green’s hard work and solid play were rewarded for the second straight night Saturday.
The Falcons completed a sweep of their Western Collegiate Hockey Association best-of-3 quarterfinal series, posting a 5-2 win over Michigan Tech in the Ice Arena.  BOX SCORE WCHA SCORES
Adam Berkle scored twice and Ryan Carpenter added a goal and three assists for the Falcons, who built a 3-0 lead after two periods and never allowed Tech closer than two goals in the final 20 minutes.
BG also received goals from Matt Pohlkamp and Marcus Perrier, and two assists from Dan DeSalvo to advance to the WCHA Final Five at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich.  PHOTO GALLERY
BG, which has won five straight to improve to 18-14-6 overall, faces No. 19 Minnesota State (24-13-1) at 2 p.m. in the semifinals.
“We played well,” said BG coach Chris Bergeron, whose team advanced to its league semifinals for the second time in the last three seasons. “We got a couple lucky bounces, but we deserved those bounces. We played hard against a really good team. All in all, from start to finish, it was a pretty good game.”
The Falcons held a 34-30 edge in shots, thanks to an effective forecheck that enabled them to generate scoring chances and play the game in their offensive zone.
BG also defended well, keeping Tech’s quality scoring chances to a minimum.
But it was far from easy.
Tech — facing an end to its season after Friday’s 2-1 loss — battled hard and never quit. The Huskies carried the play during most of the first period.
But the Falcons finished the period with a 2-0 lead, thanks to goals from Pohlkamp at 14:35 and Berkle during a 5-on-3 power play at 19:01. The goals both resulted from four-way tic-tac-toe plays.
“A first period that was 50-50 at best, if not tilted in their favor a little bit, coming out 2-0 ahead was huge,” Bergeron said.
Pohlkamp fired the puck into the top right corner of the net from the inside of the right circle after taking Carpenter’s perfect cross-ice pass.
Berkle then was parked on the right side of the crease to fire in the rebound of Carpenter’s shot for a 2-0 lead.
The Huskies had appeared to tie the game on Blake Pietila’s power-play goal at 17:05, but the goal was waved off because of a holding penalty on Tech’s Reid Sturos. Tech’s Cliff Watson then was called for slashing at 18:07 and Berkle scored during the 5-on-3.
“There were some critical moments in this game that just didn’t go our way,” Tech coach Mel Pearson said. “When we got the penalty and didn’t get the goal in the first period was a real turning point. They ended up getting the 5-on-3 power play and the next goal, and it’s tough to get down on the road and try to claw your way back.”
“I like that we battled,” Pearson added. “The effort was there. We just didn’t get the bounces. Credit BGSU. There’s a reason they finished third in our league.”
Perrier’s slap shot from the top of the left circle gave BG a 3-0 lead at 13:20 of the second period.
Tech closed within two goals on Sturos’ power-play goal 29 seconds into the third period, but Carpenter restored BG’s three-goal lead just 1:43 later.
“It was a huge goal,” Berkle said of Carpenter’s goal. “They’re excited they just scored and have a little bit of momentum, but we want to get out there and take that momentum right back ... just put a lot of pressure on them.”
Tech later closed to within 4-2 at 8:42 of the third period, but Berkle’s empty-net goal at 18:26 clinched the win. BG also killed off a Tech power play with 6:44 remaining.
Last Updated on Sunday, 16 March 2014 16:48
 
Updated 11:45 p.m., BGSU hockey beats Michigan Tech in playoff opener (3-14-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Friday, 14 March 2014 21:19
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BGSU's Sean Walker (28) and Michigan Tech's Tanner Kero (10) battle for control of the puck during the first period of play. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bowling Green’s hockey team is playing well again.
And the Falcons couldn’t have picked a better time.
They parlayed solid offense and defense into a 2-1 win over Michigan Tech in Game 1 of their Western Collegiate Hockey Association quarterfinal series in the Ice Arena.  BOX SCORE WCHA SCORES
Bryce Williamson and Ryan Carpenter scored for the Falcons, and Tommy Burke stopped 24 shots.  PHOTO GALLERY
BG played well defensively, although it was out-shot by a 25-24 margin.
Carpenter’s goal with 8:08 remaining in the first period  snapped a 1-1 tie and neither team scored again.
The Falcons — who have won four straight games after  an 0-4-1 stretch late in the regular season — can close out the best-of-3 series with a win Saturday night.
But a Tech victory in Game 2 sends the series to a deciding game Sunday night.
Last Updated on Saturday, 15 March 2014 08:09
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BGSU hockey notebook: Burke impressive in playoff debut (3-14-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Friday, 14 March 2014 23:54
Tommy Burke’s playoff debut was an impressive one.
The sophomore stopped 24 shots to help the Falcons to a 2-1 victory over Michigan Tech in Game 1 of their Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoff series at the Ice Arena.
“You need your goalie to play well in the playoffs, so it was good to get that first one out of the way. Hopefully, we can get the next one tomorrow,” Burke said.
He was the backup last season to Andrew Hammond, who started BG’s five playoff games.
Burke held Tech scoreless over the final 49:48 to improve his goals-against average to 2.42 and save percentage to .911.
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BGSU women's noter: Falcons still have hope for NCAA bid (3-14-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Friday, 14 March 2014 20:21
CLEVELAND — Now the talk is about Bowling Green’s body of work.
The Falcons won the Mid-American Conference regular-season title and were two victories away from the MAC tournament title and an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.
Ball State had other ideas Friday afternoon in the MAC tournament semifinals, outscoring the Falcons 40-28 in the second half on the way to a 73-55 victory.
Now the Falcons have to wait until Monday evening to learn their postseason fate when the NCAA pairings are announced.
If the selection committee thinks enough of the Falcons’ resume, Bowling Green could get an at-large bid to the tournament, although at-large bids are rare for MAC teams.
If Bowling Green’s name is not announced Monday, the Falcons are guaranteed a spot in the WNIT by virtue of winning the MAC regular season title.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 21:59
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