Andrew Hammond is starting to emerge as a solution to Bowling Green’s goaltending problems.
The Bowling Green freshman has a 2.61 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage in his last three
Hammond has started the last three games and is expected to start tonight at Ferris State in the opener
of a Central Collegiate Hockey Association series. The teams play tonight at 7:05 and Saturday at 5:05.
"He’s looked very solid," BG coach Dennis Williams said. "He challenges the shooter and is
square to the puck. He’s making the saves he should make and he’s making the tough saves that are
Hammond has a 3.46 goals-against and a .908 save percentage in five games, including four starts.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder stopped 37-of-41 shots in his debut at Minnesota-State Oct. 10. He wasn’t sharp
in his next two appearances against the U.S. Under-18 Team and in a relief stint against Providence, but
he’s been outstanding since.
BG was last in the CCHA last season with an .875 save percentage and junior Nick Eno is off to a tough
start with a 4.94 goals-against and a .877 save mark.
Hammond’s been busy, facing 37.6 shots every 60 minutes.
The Falcons are 0-5-1 overall, while Ferris is 5-3.
"I just hoped to get some starts," Hammond said. "It’s taken a lot of hard work to get
this far and it’s going to take even more hard work the rest of the season. I want to take advantage of
every start I get.
"I’ve been comfortable all along with the whole environment. I don’t think there was much of an
adjustment. Everything about coming here has been very positive."
Hammond was one of the top goalies in the British Columbia (Junior) Hockey League last season. He had a
2.39 goals-against and a .912 save percentage for the Vernon Vipers, who were ranked fourth in Canadian
Tier II junior hockey.
"He’s got a real competitive edge to him, a calm demeanor," said Williams, who recruited
Hammond as an assistant coach last season. "You never know if we’re winning or losing with him.
He’s a great kid who wants to get better.
POTACCO: BG sophomore forward Bryan Potacco scored his first career goal last Friday at Nebraska-Omaha.
"He’s a kid who can skate and he shoots the puck hard," Williams said. "He was, at times,
a difference-maker for us (at UNO). With his speed and because he’s strong on the puck and protects the
puck well, he can be an offensive threat."
He had 24 goals and 30 assists in his final season of junior hockey, but he had just three assists in 18
games as a freshman last season.
OFFENSE: One reason BG’s offense hasn’t scored much is seniors Kai Kantola and James Perkin have a
combined one goal, that by Perkin.
Kantola has no points this season after totaling 12 goals and six assists last season. Perkin has just
the one goal and two assists this season after totaling seven goals and seven assists last season and
seven goals and 18 assists as a sophomore.
"I’m not worried about them," Williams said. "They’re working hard and they’re going to
get their goals. They’re getting chances. I’d be more concerned if they weren’t getting chances. But in
order for us to be successful, they have to score."
The Falcons are averaging just 1.67 goals per game and have scored just three power-play goals in 37
FERRIS: Bulldog junior Zach Redmond is one of the league’s best defensemen. He has one goal and five
assists and an on-ice rating of plus-4 this season.
Junior Pat Nagle and sophomore Taylor Nelson each have started four games in goal.
Nagel has a 1.48 goals-against average and a .938 save percentage. Nelson has a 9.26 goals-against and a
.926 save percentage.
Senior forward Cody Chupp and sophomore forward Derek Graham each have seven points to lead the team.
Each of them has one goal and six assists.
Senior forwards Blair Riley and Aaron Lewicki each have four goals.