|Updated 11:45 p.m., Falcon hockey edged by No. 6 Miami (1-25-13)|
|Written by Sentinel Sports Staff|
|Friday, 25 January 2013 23:55|
OXFORD — Bowling Green scored first Friday, but two power-play goals gave sixth-ranked Miami a 2-1 win in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association game.
Mark Cooper’s seventh goal of the season gave BG a 1-0 lead at 16:36 of the first period, but Miami’s Cody Murphy scored twice in the second period. He tied the game just 51 seconds into the period and broke the tie at 8:40. BOX SCORE
The first goal resulted from a BG penalty for too many men on the ice.
The Falcons had a chance to tie the game in the third period with a five-minute penalty at 11:19, but were unable to score. BG also had a 6-on-4 advantage in the closing seconds without scoring.
BG’s power play was 0-of-5, while Miami was 2-of-3. Both RedHawk goals came after BG turned the puck over.
“I didn’t think we were great, but the game definitely came down to special teams and they won that battle pretty convincingly,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said. “Again, we talked about special teams being better the second half (of the year). We were better to start the second half, but we’ve gone back to not being good enough on the special teams.”
Miami leads the country in the fewest goals allowed (1.56 per game) and is sixth nationally in penalty-killing at 89.6 percent. The BG power play is scoring at just 10.5 percent and has just 11 goals in 25 games.
BG had just two shots during its major power play and seven shots total in 11:15 with the extra man.
“The power play struggled,” Bergeron said. “We lost every puck battle.”
Miami held a 26-22 edge in shots. BG’s Andrew Hammond made 24 saves.
The RedHawks’ Ryan Williams had 10 of his 21 saves in the third period.
“We didn’t get into our game very often and when we did, we had some success,” Bergeron said. “From the beginning, we didn’t have a lot of energy on the bench. (Miami) had some energy, but even scoring the first goal didn’t give us the boost you normally get from scoring the first goal on the road.”
BG forward Dajon Mingo was going to evaluated further after the game after he was hit from behind McKenzie, resulting in the major.
Falcon forward Marc Rodriguez was a healthy scratch, but forward Brett Mohler returned to the lineup after missing three games with a concussion.
The Falcons are 8-12-5 overall and 5-9-3-1 in the CCHA. Miami is 14-6-5, 9-4-4-4.
BG’s Ryan Carpenter assisted on Cooper’s goal, extending his point streak to nine games. The streak is BG’s longest since Jon Matsumoto also had a point in nine straight games during the 2005-06 season.
The teams play again Saturday at Miami.
|Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 00:47|
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