|Updated 10:40 p.m., BGSU hockey evens series against Lake Superior (3-9-13)|
|Written by Sentinel Sports Staff|
|Saturday, 09 March 2013 22:19|
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Bowling Green played well Saturday night to force a third and deciding game in its Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoff series.
Ryan Carpenter had two goals and one assist, and Cam Wojtala added one goal and one assist to lead the Falcons to a 6-3 win over Lake Superior. BOX SCORE CCHA SCORES
The win evened the best-of-3 first-round series at 1-1. Game 3 is Sunday night at 7:05.
The Falcons, ninth in the CCHA, improved to 14-19-5 overall. Lake Superior, just one point ahead of BG in eighth, is 17-20-1.
BG rebounded from a 2-0 loss in Game 1 Friday.
Carpenter and Wojtala are BG’s co-captains.
“We were very solid,” Falcon coach Chris Bergeron said. “Give credit to our leadership, our older guys, who were the guys we got after a little bit today. They responded great. I’m very proud of them. We did exactly what we were supposed to do and what we wanted to do.”
BG scored four times in the second period to pull away from a 1-1 tie. The first period ended in a tie, despite BG holding an 11-4 edge in shots.
Wojtala broke the tie at 6:05 and Bryce Williamson increased the lead to 3-1 at 9:32.
The Lakers closed to within 3-2 at 11:08 on Eric Drapluk’s second goal of the game, but Adam Berkle and Carpenter scored less than five minutes later to give BG a 5-2 lead.
Berkle scored at 13:15 and Carpenter added a 4-on-4 goal at 15:43.
The Falcons played well in Game 2 and spent much of the game in their offensive zone.
BG also was physical, and played with intensity and emotion as it faced the end to its season. The Falcons won most of the 1-on-1 battles and cut down on its turnovers.
The Falcons wasn’t sharp in Friday’s loss. They had posted 4-1, 7-3 sweep of Lake Superior in the Ice Arena Feb. 1-2.
“We got back to playing the game we want to be known for,” Bergeron said. “Even though the first period was a tie, we had a good period. We got rewarded for a good first period in the second period with the four goals. I like the way we played in the third period for the most part.
“We’ve proven we have to play the game a certain way to give ourselves a chance. Our guys believe in that and that’s our challenge for (Game 3).”
BG held a 32-24 edge in shots. Andrew Hammond had 21 saves for the Falcons.
Eleven Falcons had one point in the game.
Ryan Peltoma scored the other BG goal, and Dajon Mingo chipped in with two assists.
“We had a lot of guys play well,” Bergeron said. “I don’t know if we’ll ever be a team that can have only six or eight guys going to win games. We need everybody going or pretty darn close to that to be successful.”
The Falcons’ dominance in the offensive zone enabled them to win on a night they allowed two more power-play goals and failed to score on its four power-play attempts.
Lake Superior was 2-of-6 with the extra man. The Falcons have allowed 11 power-play goals in their last seven games.
The Falcons’ 14 wins match their total of last season when they were 14-25-5.
BG is attempting to win a first-round series on the road for the third straight season after winning against Northern Michigan the last two seasons. The Falcons also lost Game 1 in each of those two series.
|Last Updated on Saturday, 09 March 2013 22:48|
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