On Friday the Falcons had stopped their skid, picking up a 3-0 victory over the winless Chargers. With a late goal the Chargers earned their first win of the season and left the home crowd stunned.
Alabama-Huntsville started Carmine Guerriero in net, stopping 41 of 44 shots. Tomas Sholl made his usual Friday start, stopping 23 of 26.
Bowling Green struck first at 10:54. Ralfs Freibergs passed to his defensive partner Sean Walker who fired a shot on Guerriero. The freshman netminder was screened and didn’t see the puck until it was past him in the net. Matt Pohlkamp also assisted on the play.
The Chargers struck back less than two minutes later on the power play. Frank Misuraca passed to Brent Fletcher who skated along the halfboards before finding Cody Marooney in the high slot at 12:24 for the Chargers first marker of the weekend.
Evan Pivnick spoke to Sean Walker during the first intermission:
BG took a 2-1 lead at 1:20 of the second period as Brent Tate scored a goal just outside the crease with an assist from Cam Wojtala and Marcus Perrier. The Chargers were resilient again as they scored a shorthanded goal at 17:38 on a turnover in their own zone. Matt Salhany stole the puck at the top of the point while BG was on the power play and skated in, beating Sholl.
Bergeron expressed his frustration with these plays that have plagued the Falcons this season: “The lessons just aren’t getting learned. Our guys don’t understand that those plays, when we say every play matters matter, those are the plays.” He added, “We lost the special teams game tonight. Full credit to Alabama-Huntsville.”
Bowling Green regained a 3-2 lead at 18:30 of the second on the power play. Mark Cooper pinched in just outside the crease on Guerriero and squeezed the puck over the tender’s shoulder. Pierre-Luc Mercier and Dajon Mingo assisted on the goal.
Mark Cooper spoke to Evan after the second period:
The resilient Chargers tied the game up at 12:30 of the third. Joakim Broberg wristed a shot on Sholl that he made the save on. But the rebound came to Jack Prince who got the puck past the freshman goaltender.
Frank Misuraca gave the Chargers their first win of the season as he scored a goal from the blueline with just :03.4 left on the clock in overtime. He was assisted by Matt Salhany on the play.
Coach Bergeron was firm and direct in his post game comments: “The things that cost us have been costing us the last eight games.” He cited a quote, that he hopes to see from his team going forward: “On good teams the coaches holds the players accountable. On great teams the players hold the players accountable.”
Brent Tate was equally direct, giving insight on the Falcon’s veteran’s message to the team: “It’s got to stop. Look in the mirror, make the difference. We’re getting sick of it. We’ve had the same talk the last four weekends in a row. It’s got to stop and it take’s everybody.”
The Falcons (7-8-3, 5-6-1) will travel to Michigan Tech next weekend to conclude conference play for 2013. Huntsville (1-15-0, 1-9-0) will welcome Mankato as they travel back to Alabama.
Post Game Audio
Head Coach Chris Bergeron
Sophomore Forward Brent Tate