Bowling Green received zero consolation Saturday night from its 4-4 tie against Connecticut in the Ice Arena.
|BG’s Dan DeSalvo (11) controls the puck in front of the Falcon bench Friday as UConn’s Miles Winter closes in. (Photo: Aaron Carpenter/Sentinel-Tribune)
The Falcons had too many undisciplined penalties, poor penalty-killing, were guilty of too many turnovers and defensive breakdowns, and twice lost a one-goal lead in the third period.
UConn capitalized on its scoring chances and goalie Garrett Bartus played well to enable the Huskies to survive on a night they were out-shot by a 45-15 margin.
The Huskies earned the tie on Brant Harris’ third goal of the game with just 1:51 remaining. He scored from the right side of the crease, just 11 seconds after Bobby Shea’s goal gave BG a 4-3 lead.
Neither team scored during a 5-minute overtime, but UConn won a shootout 1-0 in four rounds. The game counts as a tie under NCAA rules.
“I’m not at all happy. Forget the good,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said.
The Falcons also held a 3-2 lead with 15:51 to play, thanks to Bryce Williamson’s tip from the top of the crease. He knocked in Marcus Perrier’s shot, which hit the glass behind the net and then ricocheted into the crease. But UConn tied the game on Billy Latta’s power-play goal just 4:13 later.
The Huskies were 3-of-7 on the power play as BG took seven penalties. The penalties were called on seven different players. BG had 17 penalties in the series, with 12 players having at least one penalty.
The Falcons were seeking a 2-0 start for the first time since 2004 after a solid performance Friday in a 2-1 victory.
“Way too many undisciplined penalties. That has to be corrected,” Bergeron said.
Like Friday when the teams combined for 18 penalties, the series finale was tightly-called by the referees with 16 penalties (all minors). BG’s power play was 1-of-9.
UConn, after going 1-of-10 on the power play Friday, took a 2-0 lead Saturday with two power-play goals. Sean Ambrosie opened the scoring at 1:22, and Harris’ first goal came at 9:19.
“The penalty-killing was just atrocious,” Bergeron said. “There’s no excuse for that. We work on it enough to be better than that.”
But BG rebounded to tie the game in the second period on Cam Wojtala’s power-play goal at 5:08 and Dan DeSalvo’s first career goal at 15:35.
BG held a 20-3 edge in shots during the second period.
During the game, when the teams were at full strength or 4-on-4, the Falcons usually controlled the play.
Wojtala finished with a goal and two assists, while Ryan Carpenter added two assists and Andrew Hammond made 11 saves.
“We came out flat (in the first period). We knew we had to turn it around,” said BG freshman forward Adam Berkle, who had a game-high eight shots. “We took too many undisciplined penalties, and we gave them two easy goals. That put us in a hole. We can’t be putting ourselves in that position as much as we do. We need to be more disciplined with our play.”
The Huskies made four good plays to score their goals after BG’s mistakes.
“Just way, way too loose,” Bergeron said of BG’s defensive play. “Give UConn all of the credit in the world. Their goaltender was really good and they took advantage of their opportunities, especially on the power play.”
The Falcons played no seniors and four juniors, to go along with seven freshmen and nine sophomores.
”We showed our youth tonight,” Bergeron said.
The Central Collegiate Hockey Association is the only league that uses shootouts to break ties in league games, and shootouts usually aren’t used in non-league contests.
But BG and UConn agreed before the series to have a shootout if the score was tied after overtime.
“They come into our building and we do shootouts in our league, so we said let’s have one,” Bergeron said. “It’s good practice for us (since) they count for league points.”
BGSU 4, UCONN 4, TIE
GOALS BY PERIOD
CONNECTICUT 2 0 2 0 —4
BGSU 0 2 2 0 —4
(UConn won shootout 1-0 in four rounds)
Scoring: 1, UC Ambrosie 1 (Jendras, Gerke) 1:22 (5-4 pp). 2, UC Harris 2 (Schneider) 9:19 (5-4 pp).
Penalties: Sullivan, BG, tripping, 0:37; Latta, UC, elbowing, 4:32; Pletsch, BG, hooking, 8:59; Tyson, UC, roughing, 10:36; Sims, UC, hooking, 15:18.
Scoring: 3, BG Wojtala 1 (Carpenter) 5:08 (5-4 pp). 4, BG DeSalvo 1 (Sloat, Wojtala) 15:35.
Penalties: Peltoma, BG, boarding, 0:11; Grover, BG, cross-checking, 2:26; Ranallo, UC, holding, 4:41; Gerke, UC, hooking, 5:08; Sloat, BG, tripping, 7:18; Schneider, UC, hooking, 9:35; Poe, UC, roughing, 11:26; Carpenter, BG, boarding, 16:04; Harris, UC, charging, 17:30.
Scoring: 5, BG Williamson 2 (Perrier, Carpenter) 4:09. 6, UC Latta 1 (Sims, Encarnacao) 8:22 (5-4 pp). 7, BG Shea 1 (Berkle, Wojtala) 17:58. 8, UC Harris 3 (Schneider) 18:09.
Penalties: Gerke, UC, hooking, 0:37; Williamson, BG, goalie interference, 6:54;
UC: Latta no goal, Ranallo no goal, Schneider no goal, Harris goal.
BG: Wojtala no goal, Mohler no goal, Wallace no goal, Williamson no goal.
SAVES BY PERIOD
Bartus, UConn 10 18 9 4 —41
Hammond, BG 4 3 4 0 —11
Goalie statistics (goals against/minutes played): (UConn) Bartus 4/65; (BG) Hammond 4/65.
Penalties-Minutes: UConn 9-18, BG 7-14. Power plays: UConn 3-7, BG 1-9. Attendance: 1,221.