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Falcon hockey loses lead, game to Lake Superior (11-29-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel Sports Staff   
Saturday, 30 November 2013 00:21
Bowling Green’s Mark Cooper (left) fires a shot at Lake Superior’s Kevin Kapalka. Kapalka made the save as the Lakers posted a 4-3 victory. (Todd Pavlack/
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Bowling Green’s hockey team failed to protect another lead Friday night.
The Falcons held a one-goal lead in the third period, but 16th-ranked Lake Superior scored the final two goals to earn a 4-3 victory.
BG, after trailing 2-0 in the second period, eventually took the lead on Bryce Williamson’s power-play goal with 17:56 remaining.
But the Lakers tied the game 3-3 on Matt Johnson’s goal just 2:02 later and Gus Correale added the game-winner with 6:25 to play.
Correale’s goal was the first  point of the season for the freshman right wing.  BOX SCORE
“We’re not defending very well and that’s disappointing,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said.
BG has allowed three or more goals in five straight games and 10 times in 15 games overall.
The Falcons lost a lead for the fourth time in the last five games, three of those leads coming in the third period.
BG finished with a 33-24 edge in shots on goal.  
“We’re not able to play with a lead and it’s costing us games, Bergeron said.
The Falcons are 1-4-1 in their last six games, all Western Collegiate Hockey Association contests. BG is 6-6-3 overall and 4-4-1 in the WCHA.
The Lakers are 8-4-1, 4-3.
The Falcons can earn a series split Saturday night at 7:07.
BG scored twice in the final eight minutes of the second period to tie the game 2-2.
Matt Pohlkamp brought the Falcons within 2-1 at 12:54 and Brent Tate’s power-play goal tied the game at 17:46.
Lake Superior built its 2-0 lead on second-period goals from Colin Campbell at 9:11 and Garret Clemment at 12:04.
BG’s Tommy Burke stopped 20 shots, while the Laker senior Kevin Kapalka made 30 saves. Kapalka is seventh nationally with a .938 save percentage.
The Falcon power play was 2-of-3 and is 4-of-13 in the last three games. BG was scoreless on 23 straight attempts with the extra man entering last Saturday’s game against Minnesota State.
“The power-play goals were the bright spot,” Bergeron said. “We had time in the offensive zone, we had good puck movement, we took what they were giving us and we were doing things with a purpose. We were rewarded for that.”
Only four penalties, all minors, were called. The Lakers didn’t score on their power play.
Williamson, who has seven goals this season, scored for the first time since Nov. 1. He had gone seven games without a goal.
BG forward Brett Mohler returned to the lineup after missing nine games with a foot injury.
Last Updated on Saturday, 30 November 2013 10:06

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