|Updated 11:40 p.m., Ferris rallies to beat Falcon hockey (11-16-13)|
|Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor|
|Saturday, 16 November 2013 22:58|
The Falcons played well for most of the first two periods, but 14th-ranked Ferris State scored the game’s final four goals for a 4-2 win.
The Bulldogs scored in the final two minutes of the second period and three times in the final 15 minutes of the game to erase a 2-0 deficit. BOX SCORE
Ferris — which rallied from a two-goal deficit in the final two minutes of regulation Friday to earn a 3-3 overtime tie — moved to 8-2-1 overall and 5-0-1 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
The Falcons fell to 5-4-3, 3-2-1.
BG had taken a 2-0 lead on goals from Kevin Dufour at 12:37 of the first period and Matt Pohlkamp at 6:13 of the second period.
Once Ferris closed to within 2-1 on Kyle Schempp’s goal with 1:57 to play in the second period, the Falcons were skating uphill.
The Falcons finished with a 32-29 edge in shots, but Ferris played well and dominated the final 20 minutes.
“Full marks to Ferris,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said. “Two games in a row, they stuck to it and found ways to win and tie.
“We found ways to shoot ourselves in the foot, that’s disappointing. We’ve talked about playing with leads. We’ve had some leads these first 10, 12 games we haven’t had in the past. Obviously, we haven’t learned to play with a lead.”
The Falcons seemingly had a million things go wrong.
Schempp’s goal came after BG couldn’t change its players on an icing call. The Falcons couldn’t clear their defensive zone, and Ferris capitalized on the long shift and eventually a defensive-zone breakdown.
Ferris tied the game on Kenny Babinski’s short-handed breakaway goal 5:37 into the final period after BG turned the puck over at the Ferris blueline.
Matt Robertson’s power-play goal gave Ferris the lead with 3:47 remaining during a five-minute checking from behind penalty to BG’s Adam Berkle. The Falcons didn’t do a good job on that penalty-kill and Robertson scored on a scramble.
BG took two penalties when it was on the power play and was called for its sixth too many men on the ice penalty of the season.
The Falcon power play was 0-of-4 and didn’t have a shot on goal. BG’s power play is 0-of-23 in the last five games. It also gave up a short-handed goal Friday.
Bergeron said the problems with the power play are symptoms of what ails BG overall. The Falcons killed off Ferris’ first three attempts with the extra man, but the Bulldog power play tied the game on its final attempt.
“Those are our best players and those are the guys who are letting us down,” Bergeron said. “The guys on special teams, those are your best players. Those are the guys you expect to get the job done.”
The Falcons were solid overall during the first two periods, generating good scoring chances and defending well.
Dufour’s goal was the first for the freshman. He scored on the rebound of a shot by Andrew Wallace, who steered a backhander at the net from in front after he was knocked to the ice.
Pohlkamp flipped a backhander into the top of the net over goalie C.J. Motte after Motte stopped Brent Tate, who was sent in on a 2-on-1 by Dan DeSalvo.
“We kind of stopped playing because we had the lead,” Dufour said. “We should have kept going, instead of backing off.”
“We’re working, working, working to get the lead and then we’re kind of falling apart,” Bergeron said.
The Falcons remained without forward Ryan Carpenter, who is out indefinitely with a broken foot. Forward Ben Murphy, who has six goals this season, was a healthy scratch. Forward Brett Mohler also didn’t play as a healthy scratch.
BG goalie Tomas Sholl played well with 25 saves. Motte stopped 30 shots.
Motte was outstanding. The sophomore improved his goals-against average to 2.53 and save percentage to .909.
“He’s a big-time goalie,” Bergeron said of Motte. “He proved it this weekend, He’s an all-league, All-American-type goalie.”
|Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 10:25|
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