Sloat enjoying time with BG hockey (01-31-14)


Jake Sloat’s last two seasons at Bowling Green have been frustrating.
But the senior has remained a positive influence on the Falcon hockey team.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder missed BG’s final 40 games last season after breaking his ankle during the
team’s Canadian exhibition Oct. 7.
This season, Sloat has played in just two games as the Falcons’ depth on defense has increased.
Sloat, recruited as a walkon by former head coach Dennis Williams, played regularly his first two
seasons. He had two goals and 14 assists in 75 games.
"Every second of my experience here has been great, very positive, and I wouldn’t trade it for the
world," Sloat said.
Although Sloat isn’t guaranteed to play tonight and Saturday against Michigan Tech in the Ice Arena, he
still works hard every day in practice.
The Colorado native had an assist and blocked three shots in BG’s 6-2 win over Lake Superior last
"I understand the circumstances and what my role is, but it’s been great to be a part of the
team," Sloat said. "We have a great group of guys here, and they’re my best friends. They’ve
been very supportive and helped me through the tough times and when I’ve struggled."
Even though Sloat is disappointed he’s not in the lineup every night, he doesn’t complain about his
"Coming to the rink every day and practicing is very difficult when you don’t see light at the end
of the tunnel, when you don’t see Friday night as a reward," BG head coach Chris Bergeron said.
"When you continue to play and continue to push as he has, that takes character, that takes
perseverance. He has the respect of his teammates."
Sloat, who has a 3.54 grade-point average, will pursue a career in business/management.
His dad, Scott, is the director of operations for Smiling Moose Deli, a sandwich chain based in the
western United States.
"There are a lot of guys on this team we’re very proud of, and he’s one of them," Bergeron
said. "What he’s been through, how he doesn’t take his opportunity for granted, is really nice to
see from a 23-year-old. His focus, and his energy and excitement to be a part of his thing haven’t
STREAKING: BG’s Dan DeSalvo has a point in seven of the last eight games, totaling two goals and 10
assists in that span.
DeSalvo is second in the WCHA with 27 points, including a league-best 21 assists.
Teammate Adam Berkle has goals in the last six games, Ryan Carpenter has three goals and one assist in
the four games he’s played and Mark Cooper has three goals and two assists in the last three games.
WCHA: BG’s Bryce Williamson is tied for ninth in scoring with 23 points, while Ralfs Freibergs is second
in assists with 17.
BG’s Tommy Burke is second in the WCHA with a 2.18 goals-against average and fourth with a 921 save
HOT: BG’s Tomas Sholl has stopped 44-of-47 shots in his last two games, wins over Robert Morris and Lake
WHO TO WATCH: Tech sophomore forward Alex Petan is one of the WCHA’s best players, totaling 11 goals and
10 assists.
Tech sophomore Jamie Phillips has started the last five games in goal, posting a 2.15 goals-against
average and a .923 save percentage.
Phillips has a 2.11 goals-against and a .919 save percentage in eight games this season, while classmate
Pheonix Copley has a 2.52 goals-against and an .899 save percentage in 19 games.
PP/PK: Tech’s killed 16 of its 18 short-handed chances this month. The Huskies are second in the WCHA and
12th nationally at 85.2 percent.
The Falcon power play scored in Saturday’s win over Lake Superior, snapping a streak of five five
straight games without a goal.
BG’s power play is sixth in the league at 16.8 percent, going 2-of-22 in the last six games.
The BG penalty-killing is fourth in the WCHA and 14th nationally at 84.8 percent, while Tech’s power play
is next-to-last in the league at 10.4 percent.
BG has killed 16 of its last 17 short-handed chances over the last six games.

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