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Updated 12:15 a.m., Falcon hockey, Colgate play 1-1 tie (10-18-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Friday, 18 October 2013 22:10
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BG’s Cam Wojtala (14) carries the puck with Colgate’s Kevin Lough close behind. (Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bowling Green was the better team Friday night in the Ice Arena.
Unfortunately for the Falcon hockey team, it wasn’t dominant in the most important area — the scoreboard.
The Falcons played well, but settled for a 1-1 nonleague tie against Colgate. BOX SCORE
BG dominated most of the game with a 39-20 edge in shots, but Raider goalie Eric Mihalik was terrific.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder from Avon Lake had 38 saves, including 12 in the first period and 15 in the second period.
The Falcons solved Milhalik just once — Bryce Williamson scored from the left circle at 13:35 of the first period.
Colgate’s Mike McCann tied the game at 2:46 of the second period.
BG’s Tommy Burke also played well with 19 saves.
“We’re a team that talks about process,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said. “Our process was pretty darn good tonight. We didn’t get the result.”
Milhalik consistently robbed the Falcons by making the first save, rebound saves and back-door saves.
BG also missed an open net on a number of quality chances and Colgate blocked 19 shots, some on goalmouth scrambles.
The Colgate goal came off a 2-on-1 rush, with McCann stretching to poke in a rebound of John Lidgett’s shot from the left circle. McCann scored from the right side of the crease.
“We’re also a team that talks about every play. Every play matters,” Bergeron said. “We had four, five, six or seven plays that we found ourselves on the opposite side of, whether that’s their goal or four or five plays around their net. We can’t be too frustrated. We can just blame ourselves in some of those situations.”
BG — coming off a solid effort in a 4-3 win at home Tuesday against arch-rival Ohio State — is 1-1-2 overall. Colgate is 2-1-1.
“More times than not, when our process is like that, we’ll win the game. The result will take care of itself,” Bergeron said. “Tonight, we found ourselves on the bad side of those six, seven plays and we get a tie.”
BG dominated by controlling the puck in the offensive zone most of the game.
Eleven Falcons had at least two shots in the game, led by Brent Tate with six, Mark Cooper with five and Ben Murphy with four.
“We felt like we were wearing them down,” Bergeron said. “We were coming at them wave after wave after wave.”
Williamson’s goal resulted from good work down low by Cooper and Murphy, and up high by defenseman Rusty Hafner.
“There was a lot of effort out of our guys,” said Williamson, who has three goals in four games this season. “We just need to capitalize on a few more chances. We had some chances we need to bear down a little bit more.”
Burke played well, despite less frequent work. He made three point-blank saves in the third period and two more in the five-minute extra period. But Burke was unhappy with the rebound that led to the goal.
“We want our guys to play like that, and dominate as often as possible,” Burke said. “If (the opponents) get a few quality chances, that’s why the goalie’s there. It’s his job to stop them.”
The Falcons had good penalty-killing, going 3-for-3 against a Colgate power play that entered the game at 30.8 percent (4-of-13).
BG also had just the four penalties after taking 32 penalties and facing 26 power plays in its first three games.
“I was happy with our penalty-kill and our team discipline overall,” Bergeron said.
But the Falcon power play was ineffective as it had just five shots and no goals in four attempts, the last coming in overtime
“It’s disappointing and there’s lots of work to do,” Bergeron said of the power play which was 4-of-13 in the first three games.
BG defenseman Michael Sullivan returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch against OSU.
Last Updated on Saturday, 19 October 2013 08:53
 

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