If there’s been a theme to the Falcon’s 2013-2014 season thus far it’s been an inability to play a full game. Bowling Green (10-9-4, 7-6-2) exorcized some of those demons tonight, dominating the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers (1-20-0, 1-12-0) 7-0.
“It was the best start to finish performance we’ve had in awhile” Coach Bergeron said after the game, “We need guys contributing. Even when Ryan Carpenter comes back we’re going to need Mark Cooper, Bryce Williamson, Ben Murphy, Matt Pohlkamp…it was nice to see everybody contribute (tonight).”
Tommy Burke was solid in net for the Falcons, stopping all 20 shots he faced. “He looked solid. his last time out was a tough outing for him. I thought he responded well” Bergeron praised.
Matt Larose was assaulted with pucks all night, turning away 38 of 45 attempts.
Bowling Green struck first at 11:34 of the first. Bryce Williamson wristed a shot that Larose made the initial save on. But the rebound fell straight to Ben Murphy’s stick for his ninth marker of the season. Also assisting on the play was Ralfs Freibergs.
The Falcons peppered Matt Larose with 19 total shots in the first period while the Chargers tested Burke five times.
The Falcons added a powerplay goal at 5:53 of the second period to take a 2-0 lead. Ben Murphy left the puck at the blueline for Ralfs Freibergs who fired a bomb on Larose. The freshman goalie was screened and the puck found all net. Bryce Williamson was given the second assist on the goal.
BG struck seven minutes later for the 3-0 lead as Matt Pohlkamp scored on a Marcus Perrier rebound. Dan DeSalvo had the initial pass to Perrier. A mere eight seconds later Mark Cooper gave Bowling Green a 4-0 lead as he scored his own rebound goal, this time from an initial shot by Marcus Perrier.
Tommy Burke turned aside the eight shots he faced in the second while Larose was battered again, this time facing 18 shots in the second frame.
Dan DeSalvo would tally the Falcon’s fifth goal of the game just :51 into the third period. He took a Brett Mohler pass and wristed a snipe past the Charger goaltender. “We talked about playing three periods. The first half of the year wasn’t a full 60 (minutes) at times” DeSalvo said during his postgame interview.
Ben Murphy picked up his second goal of the night at 4:38 of the final frame. He wristed a perfect shot past Larose. Brent Tate assisted on the play. “It was a good group effort. It was a great shift on both goals” Murphy said during the postgame.
Adam Berkle had the best goal of the night at 14:47 of the third period. He poke checked the puck along the halfboards, pushed off his defender, and slid the puck past Larose for the Falcon’s final goal.
The Falcons finished 1/4 on the power play, with 8 shots. The Chargers were 0/2 with 4 shots.
When asked what it would take for the Falcons to take a sweep over their southern foe and prevent another letdown like earlier in the season against the Chargers, Bergeron laid out his plan for Saturday: “We’re going to enjoy the victory like we always do, then get prepared for another game tomorrow. We’re going to look at our older guys and to say this isn’t going to happen to us. We’re going to continue on our level and try to raise it. The challenge for our opponent will be to stay with us.”
Post Game Interviews
Head Coach Chris Bergeron
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