Coming off the Falcon’s best offensive game all season, Saturday’s tilt had a more defensive flair as the Falcons won 1-0 and earned themselves a sweep of Alaska-Anchorage.
Tomas Sholl (16 saves) picked up his second shutout of the season and improved his record to 2-2-0. Senior Rob Gunderson started in net for Anchorage and stopped 24 of 25 shots for the loss. Coach Bergeron sees room for improvement but was still happy with the weekend sweep, “We didn’t have our best game tonight. We knew Anchorage was going to play better. I’m not downplaying the win. Tonight we didn’t play well and won…I know it’s early but these games are going to matter later in the year.”
Sholl, when asked about his low save total: “I can’t complain if I’m not getting a lot of shots because that means our team is playing well. I’ll take that any day of the week.”
Bowling Green scored the game’s lone goal in the first period thanks to a brilliant effort by Dan DeSalvo at 11:50. The junior forward skated the puck behind the net with his back to the goal keeper. Two dekes later he found Brent Tate who had rushed in and was sitting on the doorstop for an easy goal. “It’s basically one guy in a white jersey and five green guys watching him …at the time we didn’t think it’d be the game winner…but it was nice when the game winner is a goal like that” Bergeron said after the game.
Tate described the play as well: “I tip my hat to him. I came off the bench, he had a rush. I found the soft area and he made a great play.”
DeSalvo spoke with BGSUHockey.com following the first intermission:
The save of the night game came five minutes into the second as Sholl made a sliding save on a breakaway backhanded attempt by Hudson Friesen. Sholl was asked about the save during the postgame presser: “I hadn’t seen a shot in awhile. I followed him back, he got a little close and just pushed it into me.”
Both teams played strong defensively in the second period with neither giving up a goal in the frame. Sholl made three saves while Gunderson faced twelve. First period goal scorer Brent Tate was interviewed at the second intermission:
Bowling Green and Anchorage continued the stalemate in the third period with neither team able to convert despite a late power play chance by the Seawolves. A scary moment happened with just a minute left in the game. Connor Kucera was hooked in the corner and hit the boards awkwardly. Kucera attempted to get up with assistance but his legs gave way and he stayed down for several minutes. After doctors checked out the junior defenseman he was helped off the ice by a couple teammates. Kucera did join the team in the locker room after the game and will be evaluated in the next 24 hours, Coach Bergeron said.
Bowling Green will travel to face Minnesota State-Mankota next week while Anchorage travels to Alabama-Huntsville in another weekend of WCHA play.
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Post Game Pressers
Head Coach Chris Bergeron
Sophomore Forward Brent Tate
Freshman Goaltender Tomas Sholl