|Updated 12:35 a.m., Falcon hockey falls at Notre Dame (3-1-13)|
|Written by Sentinel Sports Staff|
|Friday, 01 March 2013 23:31|
The loss prevented the Falcons from clinching home ice for the first round of the CCHA playoffs. But BG still controls its fate for home ice. BOX SCORE CCHA SCORES CCHA STANDINGS
The Falcons can earn home ice with a regulation or overtime victory, or a shoototut win tonight at Notre Dame when the regular season concludes. BG also can claim home ice with a regulation or overtime loss by Michigan.
BG and Michigan each have 34 points for seventh place, while Lake Superior and Northern Michigan each have 32 for ninth place. The sixth- through eighth-place teams host first-round series.
The Fighting Irish built their 3-0 lead on goals from Eric Johnson at 8:41 of the first period, and T.J. Tynan at 2:05 and Jeff Costello at 5:19 in the second period.
ND still held a 4-1 lead when the Falcons closed to within one goal later in the second period.
Brent Tate cut ND’s lead to 4-2 at 15:24 and Brett Mohler made it a one-goal game just 61 seconds later, but ND hung on for the win.
“Our first period was good, but the second period was just awful,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said. “We did not go into the second period with a good enough focus. We didn’t execute. We turned over a bunch of pucks. We couldn’t kill a penalty.”
The Falcons held a 35-25 edge in shots, but the shots were 10-10 in each of the final two periods.
BG’s Tommy Burke and Andrew Hammond combined for 21 saves. Burke stopped 8-of-11 shots in the first 25:14 before Hammond stopped 13-of-14 shots in 33:19.
Hammond had missed the last six games because of a knee injury suffered in practice Feb. 6. His last game action was Feb. 2. The senior is likely to start tonight’s game.
“Our intention going into the weekend was Andrew would start tomorrow night,” Bergeron said. “I haven’t seen anything to change my mind on that, but that’s something we’ll discus in the morning.”
Ben Murphy scored the other BG goal, and Dan DeSalvo had two assists.
The Falcon power play was 2-for-4 and is 4-of-17 in the last three games, three of the goals coming since Ralfs Freibergs joined the unit Feb. 23.
“We’re creating chances,” Bergeron said. “The process to create those chances is better ... we’re getting more (offensive zone) time and our intensity on loose pucks has been better. You add (Freibergs) to the power play and you’re going to be better, but it’s just not him. It’s the other nine guys out where who are getting the job done, too.”
BG, however, allowed two power-play goals and has given up 14 power-play goals in its last 15 games.
Friday’s loss ended BG’s hopes of finishing sixth in the league.
Tonight, Michigan hosts Ferris and NMU entertains Lake Superior as those series conclude. On Friday, Michigan was a 4-1 winner and NMU was a 3-1 winner.
If BG loses and Michigan wins tonight, the Falcons will be on the road because they’ll also be passed by the NMU-Lake Superior winner.
The Falcons are trying to host a first-round series for the first time since 2008. ND still has a chance to win the regular-season CCHA title
“Tomorrow is another opportunity to play another game, there’s no doubt about that, and we have to take advantage of that opportunity,” Bergeron said. “Tomorrow becomes — we get on the bus Thursday or we get ready to play at home. That’s difficult for a young team, but that’s real. We have to wrap our arms around that or we’ll have to travel somewhere.”
|Last Updated on Saturday, 02 March 2013 08:47|
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