Bowling Green’s hockey team continues to concentrate on its own play.
The Falcons, who haven’t played consistently well or competed hard on a regular basis in their last four
games, visit 16th-ranked Michigan State in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association series Friday and
BG is 0-3-1 in its last four games, including 3-0 and 2-0 losses to the University of Alaska at home last
"The focus is executing," BG coach Chris Bergeron said. "The focus is competing hard. The
focus is competing and executing at a very high level and getting better."
The Falcons are 6-8-2 overall and 1-8-1-1 in the CCHA. MSU is 8-5-1, 4-4-0.
"We continue to have discussions … about this being a big picture plan," Bergeron said.
"How can we continue to take positive things out of every day, whether that day we lose a game,
that day we don’t play a game, whatever it might be? We have to find a way to do that. We, as coaches,
me, have to lead the way with that. Every day we need to get better."
WOJTALA: BG forward Cam Wojtala won’t face any additional discipline from the team for his major and
game-misconduct penalties for hitting from behind in the 2-0 loss to Alaska last Saturday.
"We’ve reviewed Cam’s case and decided the punishment he served was sufficient," Bergeron said.
Bergeron also didn’t expect Wojtala to receive any additional penalties from the league office.
DISCIPLINE: The Falcons were hurt by a lack of discipline in the 2-0 loss to Alaska. They had 11
penalties for 44 minutes, resulting in UA skating on the power play for 19:58.
"That’s something we’ll address and will continue to address," Bergeron said of BG’s poor
BG is fourth in the CCHA and 11th nationally in penalty minutes per game (16.1).
IMPRESSIVE: MSU is 4-2-1 against ranked opponents, including a 3-1-1 record against teams in the top
"They’re playing well and now they’re playing confident as they should," Bergeron said.
The Spartans, who have used nine seniors and six juniors this season, are coming off a 4-3 win and a 4-4
tie at home against No. 5 Minnesota.
MSU is in its first season under head coach Tom Anastos, who resigned as CCHA commissioner last spring.
He played collegiately at MSU.
OUT: Sophomore forward Brett Mohler, one of BG’s best players, won’t play again until after the Christmas
break at the earliest, Bergeron said.
He’s already missed the last three games with a shoulder injury.
The Falcons have just four games left before the break, the MSU series and a home-and-home series against
No. 12 Western Michigan Dec. 9-10.
MAYBE: BG goalie Wyatt Galley continues to be evaluated for a groin injury, but Bergeron said no decision
has been made whether or not surgery will be done.
Bergeron added Galley could see action after the Christmas break. The freshman played in BG’s exhibition
Oct. 2, but hasn’t played since.
"We still feel like he’s going to be involved with us the second half," Bergeron said.
FACEOFFS: The Falcons have won 50.6 percent of their faceoffs, compared to 45.5 percent last season. BG’s
goal is 55 percent.
"Our team is buying into the fact that faceoffs are a huge process piece in a game," Bergeron
Bergeron added all five players on the ice each time have have contributed to BG’s improved faceoff
percentage, not just the centers who take the draws.
"The guys realize how important it is that we’re on the positive side of the faceoffs, no matter
what the situation is," he said. "Guys have done a good job of using extra ice time, open ice
time to work on faceoffs."