|Updated 11:40 p.m., Falcon hockey earns split with Lake Superior (1-25-14)|
|Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor|
|Saturday, 25 January 2014 22:25|
The Falcons played well offensively and defensively, received quality goaltending and had good special teams.
The result was a 6-2 victory over Lake Superior to earn a split of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association series. BOX SCORE
BG scored three times in the first period and twice in the second period for a 5-1 lead after Lake Superior opened the scoring just 2:05 into the game. WCHA STANDINGS
Mark Cooper and Adam Berkle each scored twice for BG, which saw 14 of its 18 non-goalies collect at least one point. WCHA SCORES
Ben Murphy and Matt Pohlkamp scored the other BG goals, and Tomas Sholl made 25 saves.
The Falcons bounced back from a disappointing final 40 minutes Friday when Lake Superior out-competed BG en route to a 5-3 win. The Lakers rallied from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 to earn their win.
“We had to put last night in the rearview (mirror),” Berkle said. “We couldn’t think about it and let it define the rest of our season. We knew exactly what we needed to do today.”
The Falcons improved to 5-1-1 in their last seven games. They’re 13-10-5 overall and 10-7-3 in the WCHA,
BG is one point behind second-place Minnesota State and five points behind first-place Ferris State, although BG has played two more games.
“It was matter of fact,’ BG coach Chris Bergeron said of Saturday morning’s pre-game meetings with the players, who were challenged by the coaches. “The fact all of our guys were on the same page means we’re growing. It means they understand because they agreed.
“Give full marks to our older people, the seniors, the juniors, Bergeron added. “Those guys were great and then you’ve got your freshmen and sophomores following in line.”
The Falcons played well from the start, but fell behind on a bizarre goal when they scored into their own net from 200 feet away.
Sholl had been pulled for the sixth attacker on a delayed penalty, but there were no Falcons at the left point to take their pass back form the left corner. The puck ended up sliding into the BG the net.
But BG quickly bounced back for its 3-1 lead.
“To get three goals in the first period was a great push back to that play,” Bergeron said. “I was proud of our guys.”
Murphy tied the game on a spinarama from the right circle at 6:11, Pohlkamp gave BG the lead with a rebound goal at 11:19, and Cooper increased the lead to 3-1 with a rocket from the left circle during a 5-on-3 power play at 19:18.
The Falcons came at the Lakers in waves, with all four forward lines playing well.
BG held a 42-27 edge in shots, creating scoring chances with good forechecking and off the rush. BG’s goals resulted from good offensive plays.
“We wanted to stay even keeled the whole game. We didn’t want a roller coaster this game,” Berkle said. “That was a tough goal to give up, but we didn’t let it affect our game at all.”
Sholl played well in his first start since Dec. 28 and only his second start in the last 10 games. Tommy Burke stopped just 27-of-31 shots Friday.
“He responded well,” Bergeron said. “His last couple of weeks of practice have been really sharp. He’s on top of his game. His athleticism was coming across and not out of control. He got exactly what he deserved tonight, based on the last couple weeks of work.”
Sholl improved his goals-against average to 2.18 and save percentage to .905.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever had to deal with it,” Sholl said of not playing regularly. “Growing up, I don’t think I ever sat out more than two games in a row ... I was just working hard (in practice) so when I got my opportunity, I could play well.”
The BG defense corps if Ralfs Freibergs, Rusty Hafner, Connor Kucera, Sean Walker, Jake Sloat and Jose Delgadillo also had a solid night.
Sloat and Delgadillo replaced regulars Marcus Perrier and Mike Sullivan, who were healthy scratches.
“We battled back there,” Bergeron said.
Sloat, a senior, was playing in just his second game this season and his first home game since Oct. 7, 2012 when he broke his ankle in BG’s Canadian exhibition.
Delgadillo, a sophomore, had sat out the last five games.
The BG power play was 1-of-3, while the Lakers were 0-of-2.
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