|(Updated 12:08 a.m.) Falcon hockey falls to MSU (11-3-12)|
|Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor|
|Saturday, 03 November 2012 22:08|
The Falcons didn’t play well en route to a 6-1 loss in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association game at the Ice Arena. BOX SCORE
Matt DeBlouw had two goals and two assists, and linemate Matt Berry added a goal and three assists for the Spartans, who played well.
MSU scored twice in the first period, three times in the second period and once in the third period for a 6-0 lead before BG avoided a shutout.
The Falcons’ goal was scored by Cam Wojtala with just 4:39 remaining in the game.
MSU dominated the special teams as it was 4-of-7 on the power play and held BG scoreless on its three attempts.
The game was a full-fledged disaster for BG, 2-5-2 overall and 1-2-1-1 in the CCHA.
MSU (3-4-1, 2-2) earned a series split after losing 1-0 at home Friday.
“Take no marks away from Michigan State,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said. “Not only did they win, but they embarrassed us. We haven’t had a game like that in the three years I’ve been here.”
Every major phase of the game — offense, defense, goaltending and special teams — hurt the Falcons. It didn’t do the little things well, either.
“It was pretty embarrassing, our effort and our execution, from start to finish,” Wojtala said. “We really couldn’t get anything started and it showed the whole game.”
BG had some decent shifts in the first period, but MSU took a 2-0 lead on power-play goals from Matt Berry at 8:13 and Lee Reimer with just 45 seconds left in the period.
“Getting those goals early made a difference,’’ MSU coach Tom Anastos said.
The Spartans ran the lead to 5-0 in the second period on goals from Michael Ferrantino on the power play at 8:06, and DeBlouw’s two goals at 8:06 and 10:16.
MSU held a 19-10 edge in shots over the first two periods and a 23-19 margin for the game. The Spartans’ Will Yanakeff had a handful of key saves when the game was 1-0 and 2-0.
BG entered the game averaging just 9.2 penalty minutes per game, but it had 10 minors and one 10-minute misconduct for a total of 30 minutes against MSU.
“We started off OK and then we got undisciplined and couldn’t get a penalty kill and it went down hill from there,” Bergeron said.
MSU scored its four power-play goals on just eight shots.
“The power play moved the puck well, had good possession, showed some poise, had some nice looks,” Anastos said.
The Falcons had killed off their last 18 short-handed situations before MSU scored.
“A lack of execution,” Bergeron said of his team’s penalty-killing.
BG’s power play had just two shots in six minutes The Falcon power play is 0-of-25 over the last seven games.
“The power play stays status quo, no where near good enough,” Bergeron said.
BG goalies Andrew Hammond and Tommy Burke combined for 17 saves.
Hammond — who was terrific Friday with 29 saves — stopped just 12-of-16 shots in the first 30:12.
BG freshman forward Brent Tate made his debut after missing the first eight games with a back injury. He assisted on Wojtala’s goal and gave BG energy and a physical presence.
“He did a good job,” Bergeron said. “He’s going to be a real valuable part of this program. He makes hockey plays. There’s just a burning will to win and hopefully it becomes magnetic and catches on. As he gets stronger and in better shape, he’s only going to get better.”
BG forward Marc Rodriguez didn’t play. Bergeron said he was in the discussion to play, but was held out, in part, because of an arm injury suffered Friday.
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