|Bowling Green Falcons
forward Tommy Dee (27) hits Michigan Wolverines defender Chad Langlais (7) during the third peirod at
Lucas County Arena. (Andrew Weber/Sentinel-Tribune)
TOLEDO — Bowling Green’s hockey team had no answers for 16th-ranked Michigan Saturday night.
The Falcons didn’t play well and were dominated en route to a 4-1 loss in a Central Collegiate Hockey
Association game at Lucas County Arena.
On the other hand, Michigan was sharp and played much of the game in BG’s defensive zone. Only the solid
work of BG goalie Nick Eno kept the score respectable before a crowd of 3,321 at downtown Toledo’s new
The junior had 13 saves in the first period and 11 in the second as Michigan finished with a 30-12 edge
The Wolverines scored twice in the first 12 minutes and later regained their lead two-goal lead just 73
seconds after BG’s Marc Rodriguez made it 2-1 at 15:38 of the period.
Michigan’s final goal came on the power play with seven minutes left in the game.
The win earned Michigan a series split after BG’s 4-2 win Friday in Ann Arbor.
The Wolverines had lost five straight games, their longest losing streak since the late fall in 1988.
“We came out a little flat,” BG captain Kyle Page said. “We had some success (Friday) and knew they were
going to come out hard, but we underestimated them a little bit and thought we could get away with not
moving our feet and it cost us.”
BG scored three times in the the first six minutes of the third period Friday to erase a 2-1 deficit and
then played solid defense to earn the win.
The Falcons also failed to sweep Alaska last weekend because of a disappointing effort in the second
game. BG opened that series with a solid effort in a 3-1 win, but was beaten 5-3 in Game 2.
“That’s the first thing we addressed after the game,” Page said. “We’ve got a young group. We’ve got some
games under our belt and that’s no longer an excuse.”
BG has 10 freshmen, with eight playing against Michigan.
“We have to continue taking steps forward, instead of one step forward and two steps back,” Page said.
Michigan, the preseason favorite to win the league, is 5-7 overall and 3-5 in the CCHA. BG is 2-9-1,
“We saw more glimpses of the way our team can play,” Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
The Wolverines mixed their speed and skill, and size and strength into a 3-1 lead. Normally, BG plays a
physical style to complement its improved speed. But the Falcons had too many turnovers and coverage
“We played a heck of a game last night, but tonight we sat back,” BG coach Dennis Williams said. “We
found ourselves looking around and wandering out there. We have to get back … to the aggressiveness we
want to bring, moving our feet and supporting each other.”
Michigan generated offense off the rush in transition and by controlling the puck in the offensive zone.
The Wolverines scored just six goals during their losing streak.
“We got beat to some pucks and really weren’t taking care of the puck,” Page said.
Carl Hagelin gave Michigan a 1-0 lead at 2:12 of the first period when he was on the right side of the
crease to tip in Brandon Burlon’s pass from the left point. A.J. Treais made it 2-0 at 11:07 with a
rebound goal from in front.
Rodriguez, a freshman forward, split the defense on his breakaway, scoring with a forehand over the glove
of goalie Bryan Hogan for his first BG goal.
But Michigan’s Brian Lebler made it 3-1 from the high slot after a BG turnover at 16:51.
“We can’t afford to spot teams, especially very good teams like Michigan, three goals,” Williams said.
The Falcons had a chance to cut Michigan’s lead to 3-2 with three straight power plays, but couldn’t
BG was 0-of-5 with the extra man and failed to score on a major penalty with Michigan holding a 4-1 lead.
The Falcons, who scored two power-play goals Friday, had just three shots with the extra man.
Michigan’s power play was 1-of-5.
“The special teams, we do need to bring a better effort than that,” Williams said.
MICHIGAN 4, BGSU 1
GOALS BY PERIOD
Scoring: 1, UM Hagelin 5 (Burlon, Brown) 2:18. 2, UM Treais 2 (Wohlberg, Caporusso) 11:07. 3, BG
Rodriguez 1 (Petruska, Boyd) 15:38. 4, UM Lebler 2 (unassisted) 16:51.
Penalties: Hagelin, UM, hooking, 8:39; Page, BG, boarding, 11:38.
Penalties: Perkin, BG, obstruction-hooking, 10:47; Kampfer, UM, holding, 15:26; Czarnik, UM, hooking,
Scoring: 5, UM Brown 6 (Wohlberg) 13:00 (5-4 pp).
Penalties: Llewellyn, UM, holding, 2:21; Peltoma, BG, slashing, 10:38; Pageau, BG, interference, 12:45;
Lebler, UM, major-checking from behind and game misconduct, 13:31; Finegan, BG, interference, 18:00.
SAVES BY PERIOD
Goalie statistics (goals against/minutes played):
(UM) Hogan 1/60; (BG) Eno 4/60.
Penalties-Minutes: UM 6-23, BG 5-10. Power plays: UM 1-5, BG 0-5. Attendance: 3,321.