|Hard work pays off for BG's Carpenter (02-01-13)|
|Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor|
|Friday, 01 February 2013 08:03|
The Bowling Green sophomore center has a point in 10 straight games, entering this weekend's Central Collegiate Hockey Association series against Lake Superior.
The Falcons, 8-13-5 overall and 5-10-3-1 in the CCHA, and the Lakers (13-14-1, 8-11-1-1) play Friday and Saturday nights in the Ice Arena at 7:05.
"It's a lot of lucky bounces and my linemates have played well," said Carpenter, whose streak is BG's longest since the 2005-06 season when Alex Foster had a point in 11 straight games.
Dajon Mingo has been Carpenter's left wing for all 10 games. He has four goals and four assists in that span.
Adam Berkle, Mark Cooper and Bryce Williamson have split the right-wing duties and they've had a point in seven of the 10 games.
Carpenter has six goals and six assists during the streak and leads the team with 11 goals and 21 points this season.
"I try not to focus on the streak," said Carpenter, who has a 3.9 grade-point average in accounting. "I try to focus on doing my job and playing the game the right way. If I worry about the streak, I won't be doing the things I do best."
The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder is a power forward, who provides the team with energy, is a force down low in the offensive zone and rarely loses a 1-on-1 battle. He also plays in front of the net on the power play.
"He's a guy who is going to be hard to play against every night," BG coach Chris Bergeron said. "He (makes hockey plays) without losing what makes him different, that work ethic, that battle level."
"He's a man amongst boys most times in the 1-on-1 battles. (But) he can make little hockey plays, stuff a skill guy does."
Carpenter has been consistently good since coming to BG. He had 11 goals and 19 assists in 40 games last season after totaling 23 goals and 44 assists in 117 games for Sioux City in the United States (Junior) Hockey League.
He also kills penalties and has an on-ice rating of plus-11.
"His game's a lot more polished this year," Bergeron said.
LAKERS: Lake Superior is 1-4 in its last five games, including 3-2, 6-1 losses at Ohio State last weekend.
The Lakers, who are big and strong and play a grinding game, are seventh in the league in goals scored (2.32 per game) and goals allowed (2.57).
"They defend extremely well," Bergeron said. "They dig in and compete. It's going to be hard to find ice. Every puck is going to be contested."
Junior goalies Kevin Murdock and Kevin Kapalka have combined for a 2.56 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage.
Senior forward Domenic Monardo leads the Lakers with 12 goals and 23 points, while senior forward Nick McParland has six goals and 13 assists, and sophomore forward Chris Ciotti has nine goals and six assists.
OFFENSE: The Falcons have scored just one goal in each of their last three games because, in part, Dan DeSalvo, Berkle and Cam Wojtala haven't produced as expected.
DeSalvo has just one assist in the last four games and one goal in the last 14 games.
Berkle has no points in the last four games and just one goal and one assist in the last 10 games.
Wojtala has no points in the last five games and just two assists in the last eight games.
The three combined for 31 goals and 38 assists last season, but have only 11 goals and 25 assists this season.
AT HOME: After starting the season 0-7-2 at home, BG has three straight home games, all against ranked teams - No. 17, Niagara, No. 9 Notre Dame and No. 6 Western Michigan.
|Last Updated on Friday, 01 February 2013 08:50|
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