Updated 11:20 p.m., BGHS hockey shuts out Perrysburg (2-18-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 23:29
Bowling Green's Aaron Crawford (12) handles the puck as Perrysburg's Connor McCullough (16) looks on during their game Tuesday night. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
SYLVANIA — Bowling Green’s played consistently well most of the season.
And the ninth-ranked Bobcats were sharp again Tuesday en route to an 11-0 win over Perrysburg in the quarterfinals of the district high school hockey playoffs at Tam-O-Shanter. PHOTO GALLERY
The Bobcats dominated, scoring five times in the first period and six times in the second period to end the game via the 10-goal mercy rule.
Eight different players scored goals for the Bobcats, including Grant DeWitt with three and Keegan O’Brien with two.
Adam Furnas, Zane Jennings, Phillip Rich, Jeremy Chambers, Aaron Crawford and Connor Senn had the other BG goals.
BG had 50 shots on goal to just three for Perrysburg.
The win was the ninth straight for BG, 19-9-1 overall.
“We came out and controlled the pace and tempo right off the bat, which was good,” BG coach Dan DeWitt said. “We continued to do that and generated a lot of scoring chances. The second period, we did what we had to do to finish the game.”
The Bobcats forechecked effectively and scored their goals off good offensive plays, whether they were off the forecheck or the rush.
Furnas opened the scoring just 27 seconds into the game, and BG then broke the game open when Jennings, O’Brien, Rich and Chambers scored in the final eight minutes of the period.
Twelve of BG’s 18 non-goalies had at least one point in the game, and the Bobcats had 17 out of a possible 22 assists on their goals.
All four of BG’s forward lines had at least one goal in the game, while the Bobcats also rotated six defenseman and Tanner Fausnaugh was in goal.
“Our play was pretty unselfish on everyone’s part,” coach DeWitt said.
BG, which has allowed two or fewer or goals in eight of its last nine games, played well, even though it was expected to win by a large margin.
Perrysburg worked hard, but didn’t have the skill or the depth to stay with the Bobcats. Sam Hooper had 39 saves for the Yellow Jackets.
“We try to keep everything the same in a game like this in terms of preparation, and there are things you can always do better,” coach DeWitt said.
After the first period, coach DeWitt wasn’t pleased with some of the details of BG’s forechecking, offensive zone play and the plays it made off the rush.
“If we just sit it there, let it go and say nothing, we’re not going to get anything out of it,” coach DeWitt said. “We took the opportunity to say, ‘OK, here’s what we can do better.’
“And we continued to take the approach of making sure we worked hard and played the game the way it’s supposed to be played.”
The Bobcats face Northview (13-13-1) in the semifinals Saturday night at 7:30.
BG already has beaten Northview twice in Northwest Hockey Conference play this season, posting a 2-1 overtime win at home Feb. 1 and a 3-2 win at Tam-Shanter Feb. 8.

PERRYSBURG        0    0    — 0
BGHS        5    6    —11
Scoring: 1, BG Furnas (Rich, Crawford) 0:27. 2, BG Jennings (Powers) 7:59. 3, BG O’Brien (Robinson) 10:36. 4, BG Rich (Furnas, Crawford)  12:30. 5, BG Chanbers (DeWitt, Senn) 14:40.
Scoring: 6, BG Crawford (Furnas, Mankowski) 5:02. 7, BG DeWitt (Senn) 5:33. 8, BG; Senn (DeWitt, Chambers) 5:55. 9, BG DeWitt (unassisted) 9:45. 10, BG O’Brien (Robinson, Costic) 10:32. 11, BG DeWitt (Chambers) 13:34 (4-5 sh).
Hooper, PE        24    15    —39    
Fausnaugh, BG        1    2    —3
Goalie statistics (goals against/minutes played): (PE) Hooper 11/30; (BG) Fausnaugh 0/30.
Penalties-Minutes: PE 0-0, BG 1-2.
Power plays: PE 0-1 , BG 0-0.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 09:43

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