Bowling Green finally found the back of the net Saturday night, defeating Lake Superior State University 6-3.
Five different Falcons scored, four of which came in the second period to force a decisive game three in the first round of the CCHA tournament.
“Our effort was great..we played last night like we still had 20 games left in the season,” coach Bergeron said. “Our desperation was better, our energy, our focus, our purpose…we were much, much better tonight.”
The Falcons had 11 players with points including some players who haven’t seen as much ice time this year.
“Rodriguez, Teddy Pletsch, Peltoma played a pretty good game…the lead was the Carpenters, the Wojtalas…the leadership were the guys that were challenged the most. They answered the bell really well.”
After struggling the night before, captain Ryan Carpenter had a three-point night with two goals and an assist. Carpenter now has 17 goals and 31 points on the season.
“What he did last night wasn’t Ryan Carpenter and he responded,” Bergeron said. “And that’s what makes him a special kid.”
Lake Superior State opted to make a change in goal Saturday, starting Kevin Murdock instead of going with the hot hand of Kevin Kapalka. Kapalka recorded a shutout Friday night stopping all 31 shots. Murdock had no such luck Saturday night and was pulled after the second period.
Carpenter said it was important for the Falcons to come out with a sense of urgency after a deflating loss the night before
“I think there’s only one way to respond to the way we played and that’s to come out hard and a lot more competitive.”
Ryan Peltoma started the scoring barrage for BG by tying it up at 13:37 in the first period. Cam Wojtala scored the go ahead goal in the second period, his seventh of the season. Bryce Williamson, Adam Berkle and Ryan Carpenter also scored in the second period to give the Falcons a 5-2 lead after two periods. Carpenter scored an empty net goal in the third period to cap the scoring and ending his night with two goals and two assists. Bowling Green assists were recorded by Marcus Perrier, Brett Mohler, Brent Tate, Rusty Hafner, Dajon Mingo (2), Bobby Shea, Wojtala and Carpenter.
Eric Drapluk had two goals on the night for the Lakers, including one on the power play for the first goal of the game at 7:48 in the first period.
Andrew Hammond had 21 saves for the Falcons.
The Falcons will likely see Kevin Kapalka in net for the Lakers Sunday. Carpenter said getting pucks on goal and crashing the net will be crucial.
“Shoot more pucks, turn up on some chances and get bodies to the net. There’s no real secret.”
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