The last time Ryan Carpenter played in an official game was March 15, 2013 when the Falcons bowed out of the CCHA playoffs. The junior captain put an exclamation point on his first game back, as he scored a goal and helped the Falcons to a 3-0 shutout over the Alaska Nanooks.
Taking nothing away from any of his teammates, the main storyline of this game was the return of a player who was picked as a preseason all-WCHA player who’s been sidelined with a broken thumb, and then a broken foot. Despite the tribulations Carpenter has faced, Coach Bergeron was excited for his junior forward: “He’s a kid that always looks at the positive side of things. He found a way to be positive (through injuries) and got rewarded tonight.” Carpenter’s usual pregame routines even took an adjustment: “It was special. I couldn’t nap today…I was excited to be back with the boys, to be back with the team.”
The freshman, Davis Jones, made the start for Alaska stopping 28 of 31 shots while Tommy Burke earned the shutout in his start for Bowling Green, turning aside 16. The first period saw lots of back-and-forth with neither team able to convert on their shots. We spoke briefly to Ryan Carpenter in the first intermission as the Junior captain made his first appearance of the season:
The Falcons were able to break the stalemate at the end of the second period (17:19). Matt Pohlkamp found Cam Wojtala behind the net, who dished to Bryce Williamson. Williamson tied the team lead in goals (10) when he bombed a one-timer past Jones. Jones would finish the period with 13 saves on 14 attempts while Burke turned aside six. “I thought it was a great goal, got us going for sure,” Coach Bergeron said after the game.
During the 2nd intermission we spoke to the Falcon goal scorer. Here’s Williamson’s thoughts on the second:
Ryan Carpenter was able to get the Falcon’s their second marker and his first of the season at 11:36 of the third period. Dan DeSalvo and Rusty Hafner assisted as Carpenter managed to redirect the puck past Jones for his 30th career goal. “The goal he scored is the typical Ryan Carpenter, tipped goal.” The assist man, DeSalvo, centered the line of Mohler and Carpenter and talked about having Carpenter on his wing: “He said a couple times himself he was behind the play but he battled through it and sure enough he got a goal tonight. Huge for him and huge for us.” Carpenter gave credit to his assist men on the play: “When it’s a 1-0 game the second goal is huge. DeSalvo made a good play in the corner, Rusty got the puck through.”
Adam Berkle tacked on an insurance goal less than three minutes later while the Falcons were shorthanded. Berkle shot low on Jones’ glove side and scored thanks to a great pass by Dan DeSalvo. “Danny made a great play to push and he made a great pass to Berkle to finish it.” Bergeron continued about his assist-leader DeSalvo: “”Danny has been as consistent of a contributor as anyone we have. He seems to be getting better as the season goes on.”
The Falcons (12-9-4, 9-6-2) and Nanooks (8-10-3, 5-9-1) will conclude their series on Saturday as the teams faceoff beginning at 7:07pm.
Post Game Audio
Head Coach Chris Bergeron
Junior Forward Ryan Carpenter
Junior Forward Dan DeSalvo