|Falcon hockey wins third-place game (12-28-13)|
|Written by Sentinel Sports Staff|
|Saturday, 28 December 2013 20:21|
The Falcons scored once in each period for a 3-0 lead before losing the shutout when RMU’s David Friedmann scored on a 5-on-3 power play with just 6:25 remaining.
BG controlled the game with a 35-22 edge in shots. Tomas Sholl had 20 saves for BG. BOX SCORE
The Falcons won for just the third time in their last nine games to improve to 9-9-4 overall. RMU fell to 2-12-2.
BG bounced back from a disappointing performance Friday in a 5-0 loss to seventh-ranked Boston College.
“We played well,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said. “Our offensive zone play was pretty good. We defended pretty well. There was more purpose to what we doing in the defensive zone in terms of our coverage which is something we’ve been struggling with.”
The Falcon goals were scored by Mohler at 15:29 of the first period, Williamson on the power play at 2:58 of the second period and Dufour at 4:01 of the third period.
RMU made it a one-goal game on Zac Lynch’s extra-attacker goal with just 23.4 seconds left, but BG hung on for the victory.
BG took three penalties in a six-minute span late in the third period to help RMU rally.
“We found a way to close it out, but it should have been a lot more comfortable than it was,” Bergeron said.
Williamson’s goal was his team-leading ninth of the season, while Mohler’s goal was his first point of the season.
RMU was 1-of-6 on the power play, but BG killed off a two-man advantage for 1:18 early in the second period when it held a 2-0 lead. The Falcon power play was 1-of-4.
“Our special teams were good,” Bergeron said. “We killed penalties pretty well. Our power play was good. We scored a goal, we had some good (offensive) zone time and we had some good looks.”
Sholl made 13 of his 20 saves in the second period. The start was Sholl’s first since a 4-3 overtime loss at home against Alabama-Huntsville Dec. 7.
Marcus Perrier and Connor Kucera, two of BG’s best defensemen who have struggled this season, were healthy scratches.
BG forward Andrew Wallace didn’t play, the result of a hit during Friday’s game. He will be evaluated further once the team returns to BG.
Senior forward Ryan Viselli and defenseman Jake Sloat played for the first time this season.
Viselli played 13 games last season, but sat out the final 25 games.
Sloat sat out BG’s opener last season and then broke his foot in the team’s next contest, its Canadian exhibition. He didn’t return from the injury. It was his first game action since the consolation game of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs in 2012.
|Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 10:03|
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