Falcon hockey loses exhibition


There were no positives for Bowling Green’s hockey team during its 7-2 exhibition loss to the U.S.
Under-18 Team in the Ice Arena Friday. PHOTO

The Falcons played a mistake-filled game, were rarely physical over the first two periods and didn’t put
forth much of an effort overall.
The U.S. scored three times in the first period and twice in the second for a 5-0 lead before BG averted
a shutout in the third period.
BG’s Kyle Page scored on a two-man advantage from the center point with 14:15 left and Andrew Krelove
converted Josh Boyd’s cross-ice pass with the extra man just 1:43 later.
Other than that, the U.S. dominated and finished with a 41-29 edge in shots on goal.
The U.S. team was terrific, using its speed, skill, size and excellent hockey sense.
Most of the players on the team will play college hockey at the nation’s elite programs and many will be
chosen in the first round of the NHL Draft.
The exhibition doesn’t count on BG’s record, so the Falcons remained 0-2 entering next weekend’s official
home-opening series against Providence.
“It wasn’t so much the loss that bothers me, but it was our team effort that hurts more,” BG coach Dennis
Williams said. “We’re going to go back to the drawing board and I told them you’ve got tryouts this
week. I’ve challenged them. I want to know who wants to play Friday night (against Providence).”
BG wanted to play a safe and smart game against the U.S. by playing as much as possible in its offensive
Instead, the Falcons tried to play an end-to-end game against a faster and more skilled team.
“It’s not a right to put that jersey on. You don’t get to put on the Bowling Green jersey just because
you’re here,” Williams said. “Your only right is the education you got here. You’ve got to work and work
to have the honor to put that on.
“It just doesn’t come because you’re recruited here as a Bowling Green hockey player. That doesn’t mean
(anything) unless you go to the wall for everybody and compete hard to wear that jersey. That was my
challenge to them after the game tonight.”
All three BG goalies saw action.
Andrew Hammond and Nick Eno stopped 31-of-37 shots in the first 56:25 before Phil Greer finished with
three saves in four shots over the final 3:35.
The goalies were average, but received little help from their teammates in front of them around the net.
BG gave up too many odd-man rushes.
“We didn’t play the way we wanted to,” said Page, who assisted on Krelove’s goal. “We got away from our
The Falcons had a hard time generating shots on goal. They attempted 51 shots, but just 29 made it on
goal. BG had 13 attempts blocked.
“That’s unacceptable,” Williams said. “We have to do a better job of getting pucks through to the net.”

BG remained without junior David Solway, the team’s best forward and one of its best performers on the
special teams. He has an injured shoulder, but may return against Providence.
U.S. U-18 3 2 2 —7
BGSU 0 0 2 —2
Scoring: 1, U.S. Faulk (unassisted) 6:28. 2, U.S. Arnold (Tinordi, Clendening) 13:11 (5-4 pp). 3, U.S.
Rust (unassisted) 18:32.
Penalties: Rust, U.S., hooking, 10:05; Ruel, BG, slashing,12:38.
Scoring: 4, U.S. Moffatt (unassisted) 3:22. 5, U.S. Shore (Tinordi) 16:48.
Penalties: Clendening, U.S., interference, 8:41; Dee, BG, contact to the head-roughing, 10:04; Finegan,
BG, grasping the facemask, 20:00; Rodriguez, BG, roughing after the whistle, 20:00; Moffatt, U.S.,
roughing after the whistle, 20:00.
Scoring: 6, BG Page (Perkin) 5:45 (5-3 pp). 7, BG Krelove (Boyd, Page) 7:28 (5-4 pp). 6, U.S. Faulk
(Merrill, Shore) 12:09 (5-3 pp). 7, U.S. Saad (unassisted) 17:22.
Penalties: Pageau, BG, tripping, 2:34; Zucker, U.S., contact to the head/high-sticking, 4:14; Clendening,
U.S., interference and slashing, 5:36; Finegan, BG, contact to the head-elbowing, 10:41; Boyd, BG,
slashing, 11:28; Rust, U.S., interference, 12:48; Page, BG, cross-checking, 18:35.
Campbell, U.S. 7 13 7 — 27
Hammond, BG 12 2 X —14
Eno, BG X 10 7 —17
Greer, BG X X 3 — 3
Goalie statistics (goals against/minutes played): (U.S.) Campbell 2/60; (BG) Hammond 4/23:22, Eno
2/33:03, Greer 1/3:35.
Penalties-Minutes: U.S. 2-7, BG 2-6. Power plays: U.S. 7-14, BG 8-16. Attendance: Not available.
Photo caption: Bowling Green’s Cameron Sinclair (18) and U.S. Under 18 Jason Zucker (16) go after loose
puck Friday night. (J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)

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