|Falcons still learning how to win (11-20-13)|
|Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor|
|Wednesday, 20 November 2013 10:53|
Bowling Green's hockey team still is learning how to win.
The Falcons suffered two painful lessons last weekend at Ferris State where they lost a two goal-lead late in each game.
Ferris scored twice in the final two minutes of Game 1 - including the equalizer with just nine seconds to go - to earn a 3-3 overtime tie.
In Game 2, the Bulldogs scored late in the second period and three times in the final 15 minutes of regulation to rally for a 4-2 win.
The Falcons, 5-4-3 overall and 3-2-1 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, host Minnesota State (4-6, 2-2) this weekend.
BG played well to get the lead in each game at Ferris, but was guilty of too many mistakes after that.
"We need to play with more purpose, We need to play much more poise and much more focus," BG coach Chris Bergeron said. "We've got the intensity and the compete level down, but our lack of poise, our lack of focus and our lack of purpose with what we're doing when we've had the lead the last couple games, has been blatantly obvious.
"There's got to be much more of all three of those in our game, while we're competing as hard as we compete - that's the difference between good and championship level."
BG was 4-0 when leading after two periods entering the Ferris series, but it's still rebuilding its program after nearly two decades of losing.
"That's a lot easier said than done," Bergeron said. "We show it to them on tape. Now, you have to learn by going through it and we haven't lived through it enough to make those necessary changes. The more times you're there in that situation, the better you'll be at it. When we're playing good hockey, we're getting leads. We need to play better with the lead."
REMATCH: BG and MSU are meeting for the second time in the last three weekends after splitting at MSU Nov. 8-9.
BG was a 4-3 winner in Game 1, but MSU rebounded for a 1-0 win in Game 2.
PP: BG hasn't scored a power-play goal in its last five games, going 0-for-23. It started the season 10-of-29 and led the WCHA at 25.6 percent.
"Our intensity needs to improve," Bergeron said. "Our sense of purpose needs to improve."
BG has made subtle tweaks to its power play.
"We have power-play players on this team," Bergeron said. "We need to find a way to execute at a higher level."
MSU's penalty-killing is tied for the WCHA lead at 87.5 percent (42-of-48).
MOHLER: BG forward Brett Mohler remains out of the lineup with a foot injury.
The senior was cleared for full practice and was eligible to return to the lineup at Ferris, but wasn't quite ready once he was back on the ice, Bergeron said.
"We felt like he had gotten to 100 percent and he could be involved in the rigors of practice," Bergeron said. "We were just a little bit early. (He needs) just a little bit more time. His conditioning is good. He'll have the conditioning piece licked and we could put him back in the mix to play."
OVERDUE: BG forward Dajon Mingo, who had eight goals and 14 assists last season, doesn't have a goal this season.
The sophomore has just three assists in 10 games.
In addition, BG's Mark Cooper doesn't have a point in the last seven games, Bryce Williamson is pointless in the last five games and Ben Murphy doesn't have a point in the last four.
MSU: After being the coaches pick to win the league, MSU is off to a tough start.
The Mavericks have scored just 19 goals in their 10 games, although they've been decent defensively as they've given up just 28 goals.
MSU is coming off 4-1, 3-0 losses at top-ranked Minnesota last weekend.
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