Bowling Green has struggled in recent weeks playing with a lead. Unfortunately the trend continued tonight as the Falcons were unable to get a win after scoring three unanswered goals, falling to the Lake Superior Lakers 4-3.
Kevin Kapalka continued his strong season making 30 saves on 33 shots. Tommy Burke managed to turn away 20 our of 24. Talking about the Laker goalie, Coach Bergeron was complimentary of the senior: “We expected going into the game he was going to be good. You almost have to assume Kevin Kapalka is going to be good because he’s been so good for so long.”
The Falcons and Lakers played a fast paced first period with neither team able to find the net. Kapalka stopped ten chances while Burke turned seven away.
The Lakers struck first at 9:11 of the second period. Lake Superiors top player in points, Alex Globke, backhanded a pass from the faceoff circle to the crease. Colin Campbell managed to re-direct the pass high over Burke. Lake Superior doubled their lead at 12:04, less than three minutes after their first marker. Andrew Perrault wristed a shot from the point that was deflected by Clemment parked in front of the net.
The Falcons cut into the lead at 12:54 of the second period. Matt Pohlkamp skated the puck along the halfboards before cutting in on Kapalka. Pohlkamp snapped a shot that Kapalka got a piece of, but not enough as the puck flipped behind him into the net. Bowling Green tied the game up at 17:46 on the powerplay. Bryce Williamson was able to prevent a clear and sent a shot on net that Kapalka made the initial save on. Brent Tate was able to flip the rebound past Kapalka for his sixth goal of the season.
The Falcons were able to take the lead just 2:04 into the third period while on the power play. Ralfs Freibergs fired a shot in that deflected off the glass behind the net. Bryce Williamson shot the puck in mid air into the net for Williamson’s seventh goal of the season. But, the Lakers again were able to tie the game just two minutes later at 4:06. Zach Loesch took a shot on net that Burke saved but the rebound came to Matt Johnson’s stick who picked up his third goal of the season.
Gus Correale was able to give the Lakers the 4-3 lead at 13:35. Correale skated into the zone and shot from the slot, beating Burke high on his blocker side for the game winner.
While the cause has been simple, the solution is frustrating Bergeron’s icers: “We’re a little at a loss (with his team’s defense) because we work on it, we show it, we harp on it, and it’s not improving.”
Bryce Williamson, who scored the Falcon’s third goal, tried to put the team’s struggles into words: “We’re lacking a little bit of something right now…to close teams out when we get that lead.It’s getting frustrating at this point but you’ve got to find a way to finish a game off and play 60 minutes.”
A positive on the night came from the Falcon power play which converted 2/3 chances. “Our power play looked really good tonight…we just got to keep carrying it forward and carry that momentum.”
The Falcons (6-6-3, 4-4-1) and Lakers (8-4-1, 4-3-0) will conclude their weekend series Saturday night at 7:07pm.
Post Game Interviews
Head Coach Chris Bergeron
Senior Forward Bryce Williamson