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Updated 6:30 a.m. (3-11-13) Falcon hockey wins Game 3 at Lake Superior (3-10-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel Sports Staff   
Sunday, 10 March 2013 21:28
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BG’s Cam Wojtala (right) takes a shot as Lake Superior’s Andrew Perrault closes in during Game 3. (Photos: Todd Pavlack/BGSUHockey.com)
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Bowling Green’s hockey team worked its road magic again Sunday night.
The Falcons played well offensively and defensively to post a 7-0 victory over Lake Superior in the third and deciding game of their Central Collegiate Hockey Association first-round playoff series.
BG, 15-19-5 overall, will visit second-place and No. 11 Notre Dame (21-12-3) in a best-of-3 quarterfinal series next weekend.    BOX SCORE CCHA SCORES
The Falcons forced Game 3 with another solid performance Saturday when it posted a 6-3 win over the Lakers.
Lake Superior (17-21-1) opened the series with a 2-0 win Friday in a game BG wasn’t sharp.
The first-round playoff series win was BG’s third straight and all three have come on the road. And in each series, the Falcons lost Game 1.
BG won at Northern Michigan the last two seasons in the first round and also won Game 3 in the quarterfinals at Ferris State last season.
The Lakers finished the regular season in eighth place, just one point ahead of the ninth-place Falcons.
“We played very well,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said of Sunday’s game. “From the beginning of the game, there was a purpose to what we were doing and we were rewarded for that.”
The Falcons received quality efforts throughout the lineup in Games 2 and 3. Fourteen of the 20 Falcons who dressed for those two games returned from last season, with seven playing in both series against NMU.
“Give all the credit to the older guys because they were the guys we got after, after the game Friday for not leading the way we wanted,” Bergeron said. “They absolutely led the way last night and tonight. They proved they’ve been in this situation before and we learned on them to lead the way.”
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BG’s Mark Cooper (26) handles the puck against Lake Superior’s Zach Sternberg during Game 3.
Co-captains Cam Wojtala and Ryan Carpenter also played well in the last two games after not playing well in Game 1. The forwards combined for four goals and three assists, and an on-ice rating of plus-9.
“They absolutely answered the bell the last two nights,” Bergeron said. “They played the game the way it’s supposed to be played and the way they know they can play. They were really good.”
Dan DeSalvo had two goals and one assist for BG in Game 3, while Carpenter, Adam Berkle and Ralfs Freibergs each had one goal and one assist.  
Wojtala had a goal, and Bryce Williamson and Ben Murphy each had two assists. Twelve Falcons had at least one point.
Andrew Hammond had the shutout, making  23 saves. BG held a 33-23 edge in shots.
BG dominated from the start, building a quick 2-0 lead.
DeSalvo opened the scoring just 1:58 into the game and Wojtala made it 2-0 at the six-minute mark.
BG increased the lead to 4-0 in the second period on DeSalvo’s second goal at 3:38 and Carpenter’s short-handed goal at 10:11.
Marc Rodriguez, Freibergs (on the power play) and Berkle added third-period goals for BG. Freibergs’ goal was the first for the freshman defenseman.
“We generated a lot of good chances,” Bergeron said. “We felt like we played the game we needed to play to be successful ... by controlling the puck down low in the offensive zone and making our opponents defend. We did a good job of that.”
BG was solid defensively, allowing few quality scoring chances. Hammond’s shutout was his third of the season. The senior has been BG’s goalie in all of those Game 3 victories the last three seasons.
“We defended well as a team, forwards and defensemen, and (Hammond) was there when we needed him,” Bergeron said.
BG won the special teams, going 1-for-6 on the power play and holding the Lakers scoreless on their four chances.
BG’s 15 wins are one more than last season when it was 14-25-5 overall.
Last Updated on Monday, 11 March 2013 09:03
 

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