Tomas Sholl started in net for the Falcons while Kevin Murdock made the start for Lake Superior. Sholl played a stout game for the Falcons, turning aside all but one of the shots he faced. “I thought, individually, I played well. I wasn’t happy with the first goal I let in…overall I think I played a good game.”
The Falcons were victim of a fluky goal against at just 2:05 of the first period. Eric Drapluk had been called for a tripping penalty and Tomas Sholl had been pulled for the extra attacker. An errant pass wasn’t able to be corralled by the Falcon defenseman and the puck went into the empty net. Bryce Schmitt was given credit for the goal as the last Laker to possess the puck.
“For that to happen to us in the first period, where (there’s) a delayed penalty and the puck ends up in our net. We’re seeing that on television,” Coach Bergeron said after the game. “It happened against us and we keep pushing. It was a great push back.”
The Falcons responded just over four minutes later. Ryan Carpenter gave the puck to Ben Murphy who skated the puck behind the net with his back to Murdock before whipping around and firing a wrister high into the net. Matt Pohlkamp then added to his already impressive freshman campaign at 11:49 of the first period with a rebound goal. Bryce Williamson had the initial shot from the slot that Murdock saved. Pohlkamkp skated onto the loose puck and netted his sixth of the season.
Bowling Green doubled their lead with a five on three power play goal at 19:18. Sean Walker fed Mark Cooper in the glove side face-off circle and found twine.
The Falcons peppered Murdock with 17 total shots in the first period while Tomas Sholl stopped all twelve shots he faced in the first period while Murdock turned aside 14.
We spoke to Matt Pohlkamp during the first intermission. Here’s the audio from that interview:
Mark Cooper picked up his second goal of the game at 12:25 of the second period. Bryce Williamson passed to Dan DeSalvo who sent a wrist shot from the deep slot. The high shot was deflected by Cooper and beat Murdock for the Falcon’s fourth goal of the game.
Adam Berkle gave the Falcon’s a 5-1 lead at 16:36 of the second period. He fired an initial backhand shot on Murdock that popped back out to the junior forward that he deposited back into the net.
Murdock was peppered again with shots in the second frame as he turned 13 of 15 aside. Sholl was clean again stopping all seven shots he faced.
During the second intermission we caught up with Mark Cooper for a quick interview. Here’s what he had to say:
Lake Superior were able to score their second goal at 3:37 of the third period. Ian Miller jammed home a the puck right at the crease. Assisting on the play were Kevin Czuczman and Mitchell Nardi.
Adam Berkle slammed the door on any late comeback talk as he made a great individual effort with a couple dekes before sliding a five hole goal past Murdock at 15:59.
Tomas Sholl ended the game with 26 saves on 27 shots after being given the nod to start. “Tomas’ last few weeks in practice has been sharp…I think he got exactly what he deserved with the last few weeks of work.” Sholl was asked after the game if it was difficult sitting out the past few weeks: “It’s the first time I’ve ever had to deal with it…I worked really hard in practice. Tommy was playing awesome and we were getting wins…I’m happy we could get a win.”
A day removed from a challenging 5-3 loss, the Falcons managed to keep pushing for the complete game. Adam Berkle described the team’s mindset of getting over the loss: “We had to put last night in the rearview…couldn’t let it define our season.”
A couple defensemen scratches were the only changes in the line charts from Friday’s game. The head coach was happy with his blueliner’s performance: “I thought they battled hard. We need our “D-corps” to be a by-committee group. Keep it simple, keep the puck going north, and defend.
The Falcons (13-10-5, 10-7-3) will finish their six game home stand next weekend as they welcome Michigan Tech. The Lakers (12-13-1, 8-10-0) will host the Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves.
Post Game Audio
Head Coach Chris Bergeron