Hip pointer sidelines Berkle (12-04-13)
Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:25
Bowling Green's hockey team will be without another one of its best forwards this weekend.
|BG's Adam Berkle chases the puck against Alaska-Anchorage earlier this season. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Adam Berkle will miss the Falcons' home series against Alabama-Huntsville because of a hip pointer, BG coach Chris Bergeron said Tuesday.
The teams play Friday and Saturday in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series.
Berkle was hurt last Friday at Lake Superior and didn't play in the series finale.
He didn't practice Monday or Tuesday, and was not expected back on the ice until later in the week or perhaps early next week, Bergeron said.
BG visits Michigan Tech Dec. 13-14 to finish the pre-Christmas part of its schedule.
"We think he could really improve quickly, once the bruise calms down a little bit, but right now it's pretty sore," Bergeron said. "We don't want to take steps backwards with him. We don't want to jeopardize the second half because of one weekend."
The 6-foot-3, 193-pounder, who combines a strong physical presence with good skill, has played consistently well.
Berkle has two goals and six assists, and an on-ice rating of plus-7. He skates on the power-play and penalty-killing units.
BG already is without forward Ryan Carpenter, one of the league's best players. He hasn't played this season because of a broken finger and broken foot.
The Falcons were 2-5-1 in November against Minnesota State, sixth-ranked Ferris State and No. 14 Lake Superior.
Seven of the eight games were decided by zero or one goal. The other was a 4-2 loss at Ferris, which scored an empty-net goal with 61 seconds left to account for the two-margin margin. Four of the eight games went to overtime.
"We knew the second eight games was going to a very difficult stretch and it was has been," Bergeron said. "You need your best players."
EXECUTION: BG is 1-4-1 in its last six games, despite leading late in the second period or the third period in the four losses and the tie.
"Our execution hasn't been close to good enough," Bergeron said. "The plays we're making in games are things that are happening every day in practice and it's not one guy or one position. It's all three positions and it's a lot of different guys.
The Falcons, third in the WCHA coaches poll, are tied for fifth in the league. BG is 6-7-3 overall and 4-5-1 in the WCHA. UAH is 0-14, 0-8.
"The group understands we're underachieving, we're under performing," Bergeron said. "We need to play better for longer in games."
EMOTIONS: Bergeron said the team is angry and frustrated, but the players and coaches can't feel sorry for themselves or allow losing to become a habit.
The lack of execution is a surprise because BG returned the core of its team from the last three seasons that won four playoff series on the road.
"We want the anger to be more focused on we're leaving points on the board," Bergeron said. "We're letting games go we should be winning. I want our anger and frustration focused on how we can make that better."
SERIES: The Falcons are 7-2-1 against UAH, but the teams haven't met since the 2011-12 season.
BG is 4-0-1 at home against UAH.
ROSTER: UAH has used 25 players this season - 11 freshmen, six sophomores, five juniors and three seniors.
PERSONNEL: Sophomore defenseman Steven Koshey and junior forward Regan Soquila share the UAH scoring lead with four points. Both have one goal and three assists.
Freshmen Matt Larose and Carmine Guerriero have split time in goal, combining for a 4.50 goals-against average and an .878 save percentage.
ON A ROLL: Ferris, which leads the WCHA, is 9-0-2 in its last 11 games.
Ferris is 11-2-2 overall and 8-0-2 in the WCHA.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:17