|Hammond plays well again (03-18-13)|
|Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor|
|Monday, 18 March 2013 09:12|
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Andrew Hammond offered a final reminder on why he's one of the best goalies ever to play at Bowling Green.
The senior - playing on an injured knee - still stopped 30 shots in the Falcons' 4-3 season-ending loss to Notre Dame.
Hammond reinjured his knee during Friday's 1-0 overtime loss and was only playing at 80-85 percent Saturday, BG coach Chris Bergeron said.
The original injury, suffered in practice Feb. 6, caused Hammond to miss three straight weekends.
Hammond's 2.85 career goals-against average is the second-best in BG history and his .906 save percentage is tied for the third-best in school history.
"He had a great career," said Bergeron, who considered not starting Hammond in Game 2 because of the injury. "I'm very proud of him. He's made a huge impact on our program."
Hammond finished the season with a 2.47 goals-against and a .917 save percentage. The goals-against tied for the second-best in BG history, while the save percentage was the third best.
He signed a contract with the NHL's Ottawa Senators on Sunday, according to Western College Hockey Blog.
PP/PK; Each team scored two power-play goals Saturday, but ND had six attempts with the extra man to BG's four.
BG faced three penalties in a seven-minute span of the third period, leading to ND's power-play goal that put the Fighting Irish ahead for good.
"Six (power plays against) is way too many," Bergeron said,
In the series, the BG power play was 2-of-6 and ND was 2-of-9.
OPTION: ND coach Jeff Jackson faced an interesting decision when his team was awarded a penalty shot in the third period with the game tied 2-2 and just 11:32 to play.
The Fighting Irish already were on the power play when the Falcons were called for closing their hand on the puck in their own goal crease.
Jackson had the option of the penalty shot or taking the penalty, which would have resulted in ND have a two-man advantage for 1:19.
He elected for the penalty shot and Bryan Rust scored for his second goal of the game and 15th goal of the season. ND's Anders Lee then scored on the power play for a 4-2 lead.
"I figured Rusty is pretty good and we would still have the power play," Jackson said. "I chose him (Rust) because I watch him every Thursday after practice and seen how he has performed in the shootouts."
LINEUP: BG made only one lineup change for Game 2.
Jose Delgadillo replaced Ryan Peltoma on defense.
Forward Andrew Wallace sat out for the fourth straight game for what Bergeron said was a "coaches decision." He had played every game this season until sitting out for the final two games at Lake Superior.
Defenseman Connor Kucera missed his fifth straight game with a knee injury.
LEADER: Sophomore forward Ryan Carpenter led BG with 33 points. The second-team All-CCHA pick had 18 goals and 15 assists.
He also led BG in scoring as a freshman with 30 points, including 11 goals.
IMPROVED: BG junior forward Bryce Williamson finished the season with 12 goals and seven assists.
During his first two seasons, he had 14 goals and nine assists in 75 games.
FAREWELL: Hammond and Peltoma were two of BG's four seniors who finished their careers. The others were defenseman Bobby Shea and forward Marc Rodriguez.
NEXT: The series completed BG's competition in the CCHA as the Falcons will start play in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association next season.
BG will be joined in the WCHA by four CCHA members - Alaska (Fairbanks), Ferris State, Lake Superior and Northern Michigan.
Alabama-Huntsville, Alaska-Anchorage, Bemidji State, Michigan Tech and Minnesota State (Mankato) round out the 10-team league.
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