Updated: 12:11 a.m., Falcon hockey posts 5-1 win at Michigan (1-8-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Tuesday, 08 January 2013 22:54
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Bowling Green was sharp in every phase of the game Tuesday night.
The Falcons played well offensively and defensively, received solid goaltending and had good special teams play en route to a 5-1 win over Michigan in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association game at Yost Arena.
Bryce Williamson had two goals, and Ryan Carpenter added one goal and one assist for the Falcons, who never trailed after taking a 2-0 lead in the first period.
Marc Rodriguez and Adam Berkle scored the other BG goals, and Mike Sullivan had two assists.
Andrew Hammond, although he had just 19 saves, was excellent in goal for the Falcons, who are 4-1-2 in their last seven games.
BG held a 32-20 edge in shots, including a 13-3 margin in the third period, to move to 6-10-5 overall and 3-7-3-1 in the CCHA. Michigan fell to 7-11-2, 4-8-2-2.
The Falcons avenged a 3-1 loss at Michigan Nov. 21 on a night they didn’t play well and were out-shot by a 38-16 margin.
“It was a good effort and our focus started when we got on the bus and carried through the pre-game,” Falcon coach Chris Bergeron said.
“This is a difficult place to play and this is a difficult team to play against.”
BG played well most of the game, starting with a solid first period en route to a 2-0 lead. The goals were scored by Williamson at 6:10 and Rodriguez at 7:50.
The Falcons kept their lead midway through the period, the result of quality penalty-killing during a major penalty to Brent Tate for boarding at 8:07.
Michigan closed within 2-1 on Luke Moffatt’s goal at 3:03 of the second period, but the Falcons later increased their lead to 4-1 in the second period.
Carpenter made it 3-1 Falcons at 11:46 and Berkle provided BG with a three-goal lead at 14:27.
“Getting off to a 2-0 start helped, but our guys kept their poise in the second period,” Bergeron said. “We knew Michigan was going to make a push. A 2-0 lead in this building is not safe by any means.”
“The guys on the bench responded, didn’t get their heads down and we kept fighting,” Carpenter said.
Williamson’s second goal made it 5-1 at 11:51 of the third period, making him the first Falcon to score two goals in a game this season.
“For the most part, our composure was pretty good,” Bergeron said.
The Falcons were effective by playing a large part of the game in their offensive zone. BG had the 32 shots and had plenty of traffic around the net. Three of BG’s goals resulted from rebounds or deflections.
“If you spend more time in their end than you do in your end, that gives you a good chance of winning,” Bergeron said. “We’re not a team that scores five goals every night, but it does take pressure off the other parts of your game.”
The Falcons’ five goals were their most in a game this season and marked the first time since March 11 of last season they scored four times in a game. BG’s last four-goal came in Game 3 of its CCHA quarterfinal series at Ferris State.
The five-goal game was BG’s first since March 3 last season when it scored five at Northern Michigan in Game 2 of its CCHA first-round playoff series.
“We did a good job of advancing through all three zones and limited our turnovers and got in on the forecheck,” Carpenter said.
Eleven Falcons had at least one point in the game.
BG was without Tate for the final 51:53 as he also received a game misconduct for his boarding penalty; and forward Brett Mohler, who suffered a head injury when he was elbowed by Michigan’s Jacob Trouba at 15:12 of the second period. Mohler did not return.
“Our guys stepped up, kept things simple, stuck to the process and did things with a purpose,” Bergeron said. “For the most part, our details were pretty good.”
Two of Hammond’s best saves were pad stops, the first on a point-blank shot by Zach Hyman at 7:11 of the second period with BG leading 2-1.
He also stopped Travis Lynch’s breakaway just 2:24 into the third period.
The Falcon penalty-killing was a perfect 4-for-4. BG's power play was 0-of-4, but had some excellent scoring chances.
“There was a purpose to our penalty-killing and our power play was good, even though we didn’t get results,” Bergeron said.
Bergeron praised the defense corps of Marcus Perrier, Ryan Peltoma, Sullivan, Bobby Shea, Connor Kucera and Rusty Hafner.
“Our (defense) was on top of their game for the most part,” Bergeron said.

BGSU    2       2       1       —5
MICHIGAN        0       1       0       —1
Scoring: 1, BG Williamson 5 (Wojtala, Perrier) 6:10. 2, BG Rodriguez
2 (Williams, Sullivan) 7:50.
Penalties: Tate, BG, major-board and game misconduct, 8:07; K. Lynch,
UM, cross-checking, 19:28.
Scoring: 3, UM Moffatt 1 (Bennett, Nieves) 3:03. 4, BG Carpenter 7
(Mingo, Shea) 11:46. 5, BG Berkle 4 (Sullivan, Carpenter) 14:27.
Penalties: Trouba, UM, indirect contact to the head-elbowing, 4:48;
Moffatt, UM, slashing, 8:32; Moffie, UM, cross-checking, 16:49;
Perrier, BG, tripping, 11:12.
Scoring: 6, BG Williamson 6 (DeSalvo) 11:51.
Penalties: Sullivan, BG, hooking, 8:01; Shea, BG, clipping, 18:32.
Hammond, BG    8    8    3    —19
Janecyk, UM    5    10    X    —15
Racine, UM    X    X    12    —12
Goalie statistics (goals against/minutes played): (BG) Hammond 1/60;
(UM) Janecyk 4/40; Racine 1/20.
Penalties-Minutes: BG 6-23, UM 5-10. Power plays: BG 0-4, UM 0-4.
Attendance: 4,854.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 07:52

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