|Updated 12:15 a.m., Falcon hockey wins exhibition (10-5-13)|
|Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor|
|Saturday, 05 October 2013 22:01|
The Falcons played well overall Saturday en route to a 7-1 exhibition win over Wilfrid Laurier in the Ice Arena.
They took a 2-0 lead in the first period and extended the lead to 5-0 in the second period before WLU scored.
Seven different players scored for BG, including Bryce Williamson with a goal and two assists, and Dan DeSalvo with one goal and one assist. BOX SCORE
Cam Wojtala, Ben Murphy, Matt Pohlkamp. Ryan Carpenter and Pierre-Luc Mercier had the other goals for BG, which held a 46-9 edge in shots on goal against an inferior opponent.
Adam Berkle added two assists, and goalies Tommy Burke, Tomas Sholl and Scott Zacharias combined for eight saves.
Although the result and the individual statistics don’t count on BG’s record per NCAA rules, the Falcons moved another step forward.
Saturday was the first day teams could be on the ice under NCAA rules, although they have limited team and individual workouts.
The Falcons have been skating on their own, and conditioning and lifting weights since returning to school in late August.
“The exhibition game is a very necessary game,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said. “It’s a good game because it’s been six weeks of them doing captains practices or some very limited team skill stuff. They want to hit somebody else and they want to go.”
“For the most part, we stuck to the game plan and our intensity was pretty good,’ Williamson said. “We were excited to be playing against somebody else. We came out with a good effort.”
BG — with its deepest, and most talented and experienced team in recent seasons — has high expectations.
The Falcons were fourth in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association coaches and media polls, but are hoping to challenge 11th-ranked Minnesota State and Ferris State for the league championship.
BG opens the season this weekend with a two-game nonleague series at No. 16 Union.
“We always want the effort to be good and the intensity to be right, and it was. We’ll take that,” said Bergeron, who is in his fourth season. “The details and the execution will always be a work in progress, but, for the most part, it wasn’t too bad. We’ll always find things we can do better, but all in all, it was a pretty good effort.”
Most impressive was BG’s play in the offensive zone. The Falcons forechecked well and created good scoring chances off that. BG’s goals resulted from good offensive plays.
“Our offensive zone play was really good,” Bergeron said. “When we had control of the puck below the tops of the circles, we were a handful.
“The other thing I liked is we’re really trying to focus on our transition game this year and getting the puck back to the offensive zone with some kind of purpose,” Bergeron added. “We were good with that.”
Most of the Falcons played well, including five freshmen — forwards Mercer, Pohlkamp, Kevin Dufour; defenseman Sean Walker; and Sholl.
But junior forward Dajon Mingo, who had eight goals and 14 assists in 41 games last season — sat out for what Bergeron said were “academic issues” during the second semester last season.
“It’s something we feel strongly about, that he wasn’t holding up his end of the bargain in the classroom and we’ll put him in the stands until he’s figured that piece of it out,” Bergeron said. “He understands. We know he’s made some changes when it comes to his academics, to his overall engagement in school.”
Bergeron said “it’s not likely” Mingo will play at Union.
Bergeron was pleased with the power play, despite 1-of-9 effort.
“We created some good chances,” Bergeron.
But he was unhappy with the overall execution of the penalty-killing unit, even though BG scored a short-handed goal and held the Golden Hawks scoreless on four attempts with the extra man.
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