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Updated 11:35 p.m., Falcon hockey beats Ferris in OT (2-15-13) PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 February 2013 22:38
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — Ryan Carpenter scored 2:13 into overtime Friday to give Bowling Green a 2-1 win over Ferris State in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association game.
Carpenter’s game-winner came after BG sent the game into the extra period on Cam Wojtala’s goal with just 1:28 left in the regulation.   BOX SCORE CCHA STANDINGS CCHA SCORES
The Falcons were in position to tie the game, thanks to the outstanding goaltending of Tommy Burke.
The freshman, starting his third straight game in place of the injured standout Andrew Hammond, stopped 36 shots on a night the Falcons didn’t play well until the third period.
The Falcons, after being out-shot 29-16 over the first two periods, held a 10-8 edge in shots in the third period and had all six shots in the overtime.
Ferris took a 1-0 lead when Kyle Bonis scored with 3:23 left in the first period.
“We stayed resilient. We stayed focused,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said. “We played our best period of the game in the third period. We got rewarded for a good third period. We didn’t get rewarded for a good game.”
Carpenter scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season from close in after his deflection of Connor Kucera’s point shot was stopped by C.J. Motte. The puck came right back to Carpenter, who scored on the rebound.
Carpenter, who had a 13-game point streak snapped last Saturday, has nine goals and eight assists in his last 15 games.
The winning goal was helped by good pressure by Brent Tate and Dan DeSalvo.
Wojtala’s goal came on a goalmouth scramble that started with good plays at the offensive blueline by Mike Sullivan and Bobby Shea, and was later helped by Tate’s hard work. Wojtala’s goal was his first since Dec. 29, a span of 12 games that saw him total only four assists.
Ferris controlled the first two periods, preventing BG from playing its puck-possession game in the offensive zone.
“It was one of those nights where you have a game plan and you want to do things a certain way when you come into it and we weren’t able to do that for the first two periods,” Bergeron said. “That’s a tribute to Ferris. They came out and jumped us, and played a really strong game through two periods. If it hadn’t been for Tommy Burke, we would have been out of it. Because of Tommy Burke, we were in the game.’’
Burke’s night included two breakaway saves on Bonis in the third period. Bonis is second in the CCHA with 16 goals.
Burke will be in goal again tonight when the series concludes at 5:05. Hammond didn’t make the trip because of a knee injury suffered in practice Feb. 6.
BG hopes Hammond will return next weekend when it hosts Northern Michigan.
“He played very well,” Bergeron said about Burke. “He was strong. He was on top of it. It was nice to see our team score a couple of goals so he could be rewarded with a win.”
Burke has a 1.97 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in 11 games this season, including a 1.32 goals-against average and a .944 save mark in his last three games.
“When you lose someone like Andrew Hammond, it’s an opportunity for someone else,” Bergeron said. “I’m really proud of Tommy Burke for the way he’s looked at it and taken advantage of the opportunity up to this point.”
The win moved BG within six points of Alaska for sixth place in the CCHA. The seventh-place Falcons have 31 points and have played two fewer games than Alaska. BG has five games remaining.
The Falcons, 10-5-2 in their last 17 games, remained two points ahead of eighth-place Lake Superior and five points ahead of NMU. NMU moved into ninth Friday, one point ahead of Michigan.
Lake Superior was a 5-1 winner over Alaska at home, and NMU was a 5-3 winner at last-place Michigan State. Michigan is idle this weekend.
The sixth-, seventh- and eighth-place teams host first-round playoff series.
Ferris is tied for fourth in the league with 39 points.
Tonight’s game will be televised live by Fox Sports Net Detroit and Fox College Sports Central.
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