Falcons' Carpenter could return in November (10-18-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Friday, 18 October 2013 09:17
Ryan Carpenter will remain out of the Bowling Green Falcon hockey lineup indefinitely, coach Chris Bergeron said Thursday.
The junior has missed BG’s three games this season after fracturing his finger Oct. 5 during the team’s exhibition.
Carpenter, one of the top players in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, centers BG’s top line.
He’ll meet with team medical personnel Tuesday to update his status. Carpenter had surgery on the finger last Friday.
“That meeting probably won’t tell us a lot, other than it’s healing,” Bergeron said. “If it tells us more, great, but we only expect to hear he’s progressing.”
BG hosts Colgate tonight and Saturday in a nonleague series and then is idle until an Oct. 29 game at Ohio State.
The Falcons start WCHA play Nov. 1-2 when it hosts Alaska-Anchorage.
“We think we’re looking at sometime in November, whether it’s beginning, middle or end,” Bergeron said of Carpenter’s return.
NEXT: The Falcons, 1-1-1 overall, are hoping Tuesday’s 4-3 home win over Ohio State starts the team on a big roll.
“Our focus is to have a good start this year and we need to be ready to go every day to do that,” BG senior Cam Wojtala said. “We talk if you have a bad game, you want to put it behind you. It’s the same way when you win. We have to put that behind us and move to the next game. You have to learn from every game.”
LEADERS: Bergeron praised the leadership of seniors Wojtala, Bryce Williamson and Brett Mohler; and juniors Adam Berkle and Dan DeSalvo for helping BG erase a 3-0 deficit to beat OSU and bounce back from a 5-2 loss at No. 16 Union last Saturday.
“We made a decision this is an everyday thing this year,” Wojtala said. “We don’t want to be inconsistent. You lead the way by being ready to go everyday and making sure the guys under you are ready to go.
IMPROVING: Sophomore forward Ben Murphy, who scored twice against OSU, has steadily improved at BG. He had six goals and seven assists in 40 games last season.
“I really like his offensive game because he has things you can’t teach,” Bergeron said. “He can shoot a puck as well as anyone and his offensive instincts are really good.”
Because of his offensive strengths, Murphy is valuable on the power play. Both goals against OSU came on the power play.
Murphy is from Duxbury, Mass., but came to BG from Carleton Place of the Central (Ontario) Junior Hockey League. He had 31 goals and 42 assists in 44 games in the CJHL during the 2011-12 season.
“Where Ben gets into trouble is sometimes without the puck,” Bergeron said. “He loses focus of what the situation is and ends up in the wrong place.
“He wants to do well. He’s a worker,” Bergeron added. “He’s making the normal progression. He’s making strides as you would expect and we expect him to continue to make strides every day, and he’s willing and wanting to do that.”
ECAC: Colgate was ninth out of 12 teams in the Eastern College Athletic Conference coaches poll.
’GATE: The Red Raiders are 2-1 after a 4-1 win Oct. 10 at the Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology. They opened with a home split against Ferris State, BG’s WCHA rival.
Colgate earned the split with a 1-0 win in Game 2 after Ferris posted a 7-4 win in Game 1.
STATS: Colgate returns 15 lettermen from last season when it was 14-18-4 overall and 6-13-3 in the ECAC.
Among the returnees are sophomore forwards Tylor Spink, Tyson Spink, Kyle Baun, and junior forward Joe Wilson, who combined for 42 goals and 63 assists last season.
The top returning defensemen is junior Spiro Goulakos. In goal, senior Eric Mihalik has started two of the three games, posting a 0.50 goals-against average and a .976 save percentage.
Colgate is 4-of-13 on the power play (30.8 percent) and has killed off 11 of its 14 short-handed chances (78.6 percent).
DONE: This weekend’s series ends a home-and-home contract between BG and Colgate.
The teams split at Colgate last season.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 October 2013 09:19

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