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Falcon hockey completes sweep of Alabama-Huntsville (1-4-14) PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 January 2014 00:37
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BG's Kevin Dufour looks for a rebound after UAH's Carmine Guerriero makes the save. (Photo: Todd Pavlack/BGSUHockey.com)
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Bowling Green completed a series sweep Saturday night.
Dan DeSalvo had a goal and two assists, and Tommy Burke stopped 26 shots to lead the Falcons to a 4-1 win over Alabama-Huntsville.
The Falcons took a 1-0 lead in the first period and extended the lead to 4-0 in the second period before UAH spoiled BG’s shutout bid.
Rusty Hafner added one goal and one assist for BG, while Mike Sullivan and Brent Tate scored the other goals.
The Falcons were out-shot by a 27-26 margin.  BOX SCORE
BG was coming off a solid performance Friday when it posted a 7-0 win over the Chargers in which held a 45-22 margin in shots.
“We weren’t as sharp as we were last night, and some of that had to do with (UAH) because they pushed hard,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said. “We were opportunistic and made things happen on our faceoffs all weekend long.”
BG scored two goals off faceoffs Saturday, Bergeron said.
The Falcons killed off a two-man advantage of 45 seconds when they still held a 1-0 lead early in the second period.
BG’s penalty-killing was 3-for-3 in the game, the other kill coming with the Falcons holding a 1-0 lead midway through the first period.
“We had a couple big kills in a one-goal game, and I feel good about that,” Bergeron said.
“It wasn’t the overall effort or the overall execution that we had last night, but there were pieces of our game that we liked.”
BG improved to 11-9-4 overall and 8-6-2 in the WCHA.
UAH fell to 1-21, 1-11.
BG is 5-2-1 in its last eight games overall, including a 3-0-1 mark in its last four WCHA games. All four of the league games were on the road.
The Falcons play their next six games at home, starting next weekend against Alaska.
“Getting a sweep this weekend was huge,” Bergeron said. “Our focus was to get off to a good start in the second half, knowing we were going to have six home games in a row.
“We want to take advantage of those. We’re 3-1 in the second half and 2-0 in the league. Our focus coming down here was to get a couple wins and we’re very happy with the sweep.”
Sullivan gave BG a 1-0 lead just 21 seconds into the game, and the Falcons broke the game open in the second period.
The Falcons stretched their lead to 4-0 on goals from Tate at 3:58, DeSalvo at 9:07 and Hafner at 13:25.
UAH’s Stephen McKenna scored at 16:10 of the second period.
Burke started for the second straight game and fifth time in the last six games.
The sophomore stopped 48-of-49 shots in the series and was bidding for this third shutout of UAH this season.
Burke had 22 saves Friday and 18 saves in a 3-0 win at BG Dec. 6.
Burke and freshman Tomas Sholl split the first nine weekends.
“(Burke) gave us a good game last night, and he had shut this team out twice,” Bergeron said. “We just felt like going with him.
“By no means have we moved on from (Sholl). (Burke) deserved to play based on what we did last night.”
DeSalvo totaled two goals and four assists in the series.
The Falcons had just six penalties in the series, all minors.
BG’s penalty-killing was 5-for-5 in the series, while its power play was 1-of-6.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 09:22
 

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