Updated 12:05 a.m., Burke saves Falcons' tie at Union (10-12-13) PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 October 2013 22:53
Dan DeSalvo celebrates after scoring Bowling Green's first goal against Union Friday night. (Photo courtesy Trent Hermann)
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Tommy Burke made two-point blank saves in overtime Friday to enable Bowling Green’s hockey team to earn a 3-3 tie against 16th-ranked Union in the season-opener for both schools.
Both of Burke’s stops came against Union’s Daniel Carr, one of the top forwards in the country. Carr had 16 goals and 16 assists last season.
The sophomore goalie made a glove stop on a one-time shot from the slot and a back-door pad save off a 3-on-1 rush.
Burke finished with 24 saves as Union held a 27-25 edge in shots.  BOX SCORE
“I don’t feel great about overtime and, unfortunately, that’s the last taste in my mouth,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said. “Our five minutes of overtime, we were playing like a team afraid to go win the game and Union was playing like a team that wasn’t going to be denied. They were determined to go win it. If it wasn’t for Tommy Burke, they would have won it.’
Both of Carr’s chances were set up by BG turnovers.
Bergeron was upset with BG’s lack of poise and focus.
“We’re workers, but we have to be poised and focused while we’re working if we want to be a championship team,” Bergeron said. “We’re a work in progress with that. We’re a team that’s lost a lot more than we’ve won the last three years.
“We have to find a way to change our mentality, change our focus and then be poised in those situations, rather than become unraveled like we did.”
BG trailed 2-0 in the first period before sending the game into overtime on Bryce Williamson’s power-play goal with 1:56 left in the second period.  Carr had scored to give Union a 3-2 lead five minutes earlier.
“We’re happy with the tie from that perspective, the resiliency we showed, that’s something this group seems to be and we don’t quit,” Bergeron said of overcoming a 2-0 deficit on the road. “Our guys hung in there and kept playing.”
Dan DeSalvo and Pierre-Luc Mercier scored the other BG goals, and Adam Berkle had two assists.
The goal was the first for Mercier, a freshman forward.
“Up until (overtime) I was happy,” Bergeron said. “Going into overtime, we felt pretty good about the position we were in. I really felt someone on our bench was going to go make a play and win it, but that didn’t happen.”
Bergeron was unhappy BG had to kill eight penalties, five of which he said resulted from poor decisions by the Falcons.
Union had two power-play goals, but Bergeron said neither came on a set play in the offensive zone. BG killed two penalties in the third period.
“Our penalty-kill was good,” Bergeron said. “But we had way too many penalties and that took us out of our 5-on-5 flow which is how we got back in the game.”
The Falcons had only two power-play chances, but still scored the one goal.
“We’ve got to be better creating power-play opportunities for our team by working,” Bergeron said.
The Falcons also earned the tie without three of their top nine forwards — Ryan Carpenter (broken finger), Brent Tate (chest injury) and Dajon Mingo (suspension).
“That’s a good thing looking forward,” Bergeron said. “But, ultimately, we played with who we had and we expect everybody to play at a certain level. Every time we put our best 20 guys out there, we expect them to hold each other and themselves to high standards.”
Carpenter is out indefinitely, although his surgery went well on Friday, Bergeron said.
Tate and Mingo won’t play Saturday night at 7:30 when the series concludes. Mingo is eligible to play Tuesday against Ohio State, but no timetable has been set for Tate’s return.
Last Updated on Saturday, 12 October 2013 06:46

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