Falcon hockey dominant in beating Alabama-Huntsville (1-3-14) PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 04 January 2014 00:49
BG's Tommy Burke (31) makes a save against Alabama-Huntsville as teammates Ben Murphy (17) and Ralfs Freibergs protect the front of the net. (Photo: Todd Pavlack/
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Ben Murphy had two goals and one assist Friday to help Bowling Green to a 7-0 win over Alabama-Huntsville in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game.
Dan DeSalvo added a goal and two assists, and Ralfs Freibergs had one goal and one assist as the Falcons improved to 10-9-4 overall and 7-6-2 in the WCHA.
The Falcons dominated en route to a 45-22 edge in shots. BOX SCORE
Mark Cooper, Adam Berkle and Matt Pohlkamp scored BG’s other goals, and Bryce Williamson and Marcus Perrier each had two assists.
UAH, last in the WCHA, fell to 1-20, 1-12.
“We played well,” said BG coach Chris Bergeron, whose team is 4-2-1 in its last seven games.
The Falcons scored once in the first period and broke the game open by scoring three goals in both the second and third periods.
Six different players had goals for the Falcons, and 10 players had at least one point.
“We created a lot of good chances and we had a bunch of guys on the score sheet,” Bergeron said. “We took advantage of our chances.”
BG’s Tommy Burke stopped 22 shots for his second shutout of the season.
“We defended very well,” Bergeron said. “Our 5-on-5 defending is something we stressed in practice this week. We don’t think we defended very well the first half of the year.
“The opportunities (UAH) had were off turnovers we need to clean up. But any 5-on-5 play in the defensive zone, we did a good job. We were aggressive, we took away time and space, our sticks were good and we finished checks.”
UAH’s only win this season was a 4-3 overtime victory at BG Dec. 7.
But the Falcons — who have struggled to hold leads this season — made sure the Chargers had no chance to rally.
“We did a nice job of keeping our foot on the gas and pushing forward,” Bergeron said.
The Falcons took a 1-0 lead in the first period on Murphy’s goal at 11:34.
Freibergs’ power-play goal increased the lead to 2-0 at 5:53 of the second period, while Pohlkamp made it a three-goal game at 12:56 and Cooper scored for a 4-0 lead 10 seconds later.
In the third period, DeSalvo scored at 51 seconds, Murphy scored at 4:38 and Berkle scored at 14:47.
Murphy’s two goals gave him a team-leading 10, while Freibergs scored his first goal of the season. Freibergs does have 14 assists, though.
DeSalvo, whose goal was his first since Nov. 30, has five goals and 14 assists this season. Williamson has nine goals and 11 assists.
Burke was sharp after he struggled a week ago in a 5-0 loss to Boston College. He improved his goals-against average to 2.39 and save percentage to .914.
“We were looking for him to rebound and he did that,” Bergeron said.
The series concludes tonight at 8:07.
Last Updated on Saturday, 04 January 2014 17:09

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