Updated, 9:55 p.m., Falcon hockey falls to No. 7 Boston College (12-17-13) PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 December 2013 21:32
BG’s Adam Berkle (13) controls the puck as Boston College’s Destry Straight closes in. (Photos: Todd Pavlack/
PITTSBURGH — Bowling Green’s hockey team couldn’t overcome an early three-goal deficit Friday.
The Falcons spotted seventh-ranked Boston College a 3-0 lead in the first seven minutes en route to a 5-0 loss.
BG, 8-9-4 overall, will face Robert Morris (2-11-2) Saturday at 4:35 p.m. in the third-place game of the Three Rivers Classic at the Consol Energy Center.
Penn State was a 3-2 winner over Robert Morris in the second semifinal.
BC improved to 11-4-2. Penn State is 4-9-1.  BOX SCORE
The Eagles built their an lead on goals from Johnny Gaudreau at 1:19, Travis Jeke at 3:33 and Teddy Doherty at 6:45.
“It was a poor start,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said. “They were ready and we weren’t. ”
“They came out hard tonight,” BG forward Adam Berkle said. “We were a little slow. Everyone was excited to play, but I don’t think everyone was ready to play.”
The Falcons had a chance to cut the deficit with three straight power plays, two in the first period and one in the second, but they failed to score.
“The power play was good, but we want results, especially when we’re down 3-0, and we didn’t get them,” Bergeron said.
BG’s Cam Wojtala (right) controls the puck after winning a 1-on-1 battle against Boston College.
BC closed out the scoring on goals from Scott Savage at 12:50 of the second period and Michael Matheson with 17 seconds remaining in the game.
“The biggest message to our team (after the game) was that had better not be where our program is at after four years,” Bergeron said. “I don’t think that’s an indication of where this program is at after four years. It’s up to our older people to make it right.”
BC held a 38-27 edge in shots, including a 12-7 margin in the first period and a 15-7 margin in the third period.
“Our second period wasn’t too bad,” Bergeron said. “We may have had the better of the play in the period, but to lose the period 1-0 was a tough pill to swallow.”
BG’s Tommy Burke had 33 saves. Three of BC’s first four goals came on shots Burke should have stopped, Bergeron said.
“He wasn’t sharp tonight. He struggled,” Bergeron added.
The Falcon power play was 0-of-3, while BC was 0-of-2.
The Eagles played well, led by the line of Gaudreau, Kevin Hayes and Bill Arnold.
The three combined for a goal and six assists, including a goal and two assists from Gaudreau.
Gaudreau is the nation’s second-leading scorer, while Hayes is seventh. The Eagles lead the nation in scoring, averaging 4.24 goals per game.
Last Updated on Saturday, 28 December 2013 08:52

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