|Updated 11:45 p.m., Falcon hockey shuts out Colgate in Game 2 (10-19-13)|
|Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor|
|Saturday, 19 October 2013 21:37|
Bowling Green’s hockey team dominated Colgate for the second straight night Saturday.
Unlike 24 hours earlier, the Falcons were fully rewarded for playing well.
Ben Murphy had two goals and one assist, and Brent Tate scored twice to lead the Falcons to a 7-0 win in a nonleague game at the Ice Arena. BOX SCORE
The Falcons were in control and played well from the start, rolling up a 50-20 edge in shots on goal to enable freshman goalie Tomas Sholl to earn his first career shutout.
BG scored the only goal of the first period, and turned the game into a rout by scoring three times in both the second and third periods.
The Falcons settled for a 1-1 tie Friday, despite a 39-20 edge in shots on goal.
“We wanted to try to get to the level we were at last night and maybe exceed that and make them stay with us at that level,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said. “We were able to do that. and we were able to score some goals which was nice.”
BG is 2-0-1 since a 5-2 loss at No. 16 Union Oct. 19 to improve to 2-1-2 overall.
Colgate, ninth in the Eastern College Athletic Conference coaches poll, fell to 2-2-1.
Eleven different Falcons had at least one point and 14 had at least two shots.
Bryce Williamson added a goal and two assists, Mark Cooper had one goal and one assist, and Dan DeSalvo had four assists. Pierre-Luc Mercier had BG’s other goal.
The Falcons remained without their best player, forward Ryan Carpenter, who is out with a broken finger.
“Our team will score on a balanced basis or it won’t score,” Bergeron said. “With or without (Carpenter), we’re going to need (our scoring) to be by committee. We’re going to take pride in our depth. We want guys involved.”
BG’s dominance started in the offensive zone where it played most of the game. The Falcons attempted 74 total shots to Colgate’s 44. The BG goals resulted from good plays in the offensive zone and off the rush.
BG had 50 shots on goal in a game for the first time since Oct. 11, 2008.
“When we were right, the offensive play was good,” Bergeron said. “Our time in the offensive zone was good.”
The line of Williamson, Cooper and Murphy totaled 13 shots; and the line of Tate, DeSalvo and Adam Berkle combined for 12.
The Falcons used all four of their lines and all six of their defensemen.
“When you’re getting balanced scoring, you can play your game, go up and down the ice, do your job and stick to the process,” Murphy said. “Collectively, it will come together (for the team).”
Colgate’s Eric Mihalik had 38 saves Friday. But freshman Charlie Finn was no match for the Falcons in Game 2, even with 43 saves.
“Our guys were ready to bear down tonight and we knew we didn’t do that previous nights,” DeSalvo said. “We were ready to come out tonight and finish the job.”
Sholl played well in just his second start. He also played well in the loss at Union with 29 saves, but received little help from his teammates.
“The couple times we got too aggressive and a little bit too much on the offensive side of things and gave them some life, (Sholl) made some saves when he needed to,” Bergeron said.
Sholl had ample help from his defense of Marcus Perrier, Sean Walker, Rusty Hafner, Ralfs Freibergs, Connor Kucera and Mike Sullivan.
“His performance was really good,” Bergeron said of Sholl. “Some of the shots he got were really quality chances and he made some great saves. He made them look pretty easy.”
The Falcons won the special teams, going 2-of-9 on the power play and holding Colgate to 0-of-3.
BG also showed good discipline with just five penalties in a physical contest that had some nastiness to it. One of the penalties was for too many men on the ice.
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