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Updated 11:20 p.m, Falcon hockey loses to Lake Superior (1-23-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Friday, 24 January 2014 22:20
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BG’s Bryce Williamson (12) and Lake Superior’s Stephen Perfetto battle for the puck. (Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bowling Green’s hockey team was sharp during the first period Friday night.
The Falcons then were out-worked and didn’t execute well over the final 40 minutes.
Lake Superior rallied from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 to earn a 5-3 victory in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game at the Ice Arena.  BOX SCORE
The Lakers scored three unanswered goals in the final period to snap a five-game losing streak and end BG’s six-game unbeaten streak at 5-0-1.
Alex Globke’s power-play goal snapped a 3-3 tie with just 2:32 left and Colin Campbell added an empty-net goal with only 27.8 seconds remaining.
The Lakers’ Kevin Czuczman tied the game on a short-handed goal with 13:53 to go.
Lake Superior finished with a 32-23 edge in shots on goal, including a 12-9 edge in the second period and a 16-2 margin in the third period.
The Falcons, 12-10-5 overall and 9-7-3 in the WCHA, remained three points behind second-place Minnesota State in the WCHA. Lake Superior is 12-12-1, 8-9.
The series marks the third and fourth of six straight home games for BG.
“We got out-competed in our own rink,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said. “Full marks to Lake Superior. They get down three times on the road. They’ve had a tough stretch here. They showed some resiliency and kept playing. We stopped playing.”
The Falcons played a strong first period, building a 1-0 lead on Ryan Carpenter’s wraparound goal at 12:17. They extended the lead to 2-0 on Adam Berkle’s individual rush down the left side at 8:55 of the second period.
The Lakers’ Kevin Murdock made 11 of his 20 saves in the first period.
“They stormed back into the game,” Bergeron said. “They didn’t have their legs under them in the first period and we did. We came out with a good hard push and played the game we wanted to play it.”
After Lake Superior tied the game on goals from Zach Sternberg at 9:41 and Bryce Schmitt at 12;37, BG regained the lead on Carpenter’s second goal of the game on a 2-on-1 rush at 14:46.
“We had a really good start,” said BG defenseman Marcus Perrier, who had two assists and an on-ice rating of plus-2. “In the second (period), they came out a little bit harder and took it to us at the start a little bit. We just kind of went sideways.”
“I was hoping the older guys would stop the momentum,” Bergeron said. “But unfortunately, the older guys were part of the issue. They were the ones getting out of sorts, and getting out-competed ultimately.”
In the third period, Czuczman scored on a hard shot from the left point and Globke scored from the left side of the crease.
Globke’s goal came after Eric Drapluk’s shot hit the glass behind the net and ricochetted directly to Globke, who fired the puck through the pads of BG goalie Tommy Burke.
“What that goal was, was an indication of what the game was for them,’’ Bergeron said. “They deserved that goal. That’s 40 minutes of hard work. The first period, we had the better of the compete, of the work, of the play. But after that, they got rewarded for the last 40 minutes.”
The Falcons were serving a bench penalty for too many men when Globke scored. Bergeron said the penalty resulted from a BG player on the bench holding the stick of a Laker player.
BG generated little sustained pressure in the offensive zone over the final 40 minutes.
“We just tried to complicate it a little too much,” Perrier said. “We got away from our game of keeping it simple, getting pucks deep and putting pressure on their (defense).”
The BG power play was 0-of-5 and allowed the short-handed goal. The Falcons had just two shots in 10 minutes with the extra man, The Laker power play was 1-of-2.
“The power play was a great example of what we weren’t,” Bergeron said. “There was no urgency on the power play. There was no compete. Their penalty-kill embarrassed us and they got rewarded in the third period with a short-handed goal.”
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