(Updated 11:40 p.m.) Falcon hockey falls to Ferris in OT (11-16-12) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Friday, 16 November 2012 22:29
Bowling Green’s hockey team lost in overtime Friday night.
In reality, the Falcons were beaten well before that.
The record will show Garrett Thompson scored 14 seconds into overtime to give Ferris State a 4-3 victory in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association game at the Ice Arena.  BOX SCORE
Thompson tipped in a rebound from the right side of the crease off the rush following a BG turnover.
The power-play goal enabled Ferris — ranked 20th nationally — to recover after squandering a 3-0 lead during the final eight minutes of regulation.
BG forced overtime on Adam Berkle’s goal with just 3:06 left in regulation.
Goals from Dan DeSalvo at 12:03 and Ryan Carpenter on the power play just 1:28 later brought the Falcons within 3-2.
The loss dropped BG to 2-7-3 overall and 1-4-2-1 in the CCHA.
Ferris, the defending CCHA regular-season champion and an NCAA Frozen Four participant last season, is 5-4-2, 4-3.
Throughout the lineup, BG had too many players who were up and down during the game.
“We’re not consistent enough and it’s every day,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said. “I’m not sure how much it bothers everybody just yet. I know it’s getting there. At some point, it’s going to have to change. “
But well before overtime, BG had ample scoring chances to build a healthy lead.
BG held a 25-14 edge in shots during the first two periods, but Ferris took a 2-0 lead, thanks to the goaltending of C.J. Motte.
The sophomore finished with 33 saves and helped Ferris kill off BG’s first six power-play chances. BG finished 1-of-7, while Ferris was 2-of-5.
“He was outstanding all night,” Ferris coach Bob Daniels said. “When we built the lead, it was based a lot on C.J. Motte.”
BG failed to score during a 5-on-3 for 1:52 early in the second period.
Ferris then opened the scoring 67 seconds later on Cory Kane’s short-handed goal at 6:44. Kane blocked Marcus Perrier’s point shot and scored on a breakaway. He fought through three Falcons and scored as he was pulled down.
Kenny Babinski scored from the slot just 4:10 later for a 2-0 Ferris lead.
“Killing off the 5-on-3 was huge and then to score that (short-handed goal) right after that was a heck of a turn for us,” Daniels said.
The short-handed goal was the fifth allowed by BG this season in just 12 games. Carpenter’s power-play goal was BG’s first since Oct. 13, ending a span of 39 chances without a goal.
The Falcon power play is 4-of-56 this season.
“It’s so frustrating, disappointing, at times,” Bergeron said. “There are no shortcuts. We have to do it every day and we’re not. Thursday’s power play wasn’t great. Tuesday’s was really good. Wednesday’s was just good, not great, not bad. This inconsistency is what we’ve got right now.”
“We have to bear down on our power-play chances,” said DeSalvo, who also had two assists. “We have to get more pucks to the net.”
DeSalvo’s goal was his first of the season after totaling 14 goals as a freshman last season. Berkle’s goal was just his second of the season, the other coming Oct. 12. He had seven goals and 14 assists as a freshman last season.
BG scored three goals in a game for just the fourth time this season.
“Not scoring goals puts so much pressure on your team that it makes your margin for error small,” Bergeron said. “We have to make (the puck) go in. We have to find a way to will it in. We didn’t do that. We did it at 3-0, but we need to do it at 0-0.”
Ferris made it 3-0 on Kyle Bonis’ power-play goal at 9:48 of the third period.
The Falcons finished with a 36-27 edge in shots, but nearly lost the game with two minutes to go in regulation.
BG goalie Andrew Hammond made three point-blank saves off a 2-on-1 rush and Ferris partially fanned on a fourth shot. The rush resulted from a BG turnover at the offensive blueline.
“It was pretty devastating losing that three-goal lead inside of 10 minutes,” Daniels said. “But we just started playing again in the overtime.”
Last Updated on Saturday, 17 November 2012 00:41

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