Falcons preparing for second half

By January 1, 2015Notebooks

Bowling Green has returned to practice.

The Falcons are hard at work, preparing for this weekend’s nonleague series against Robert Morris.

The teams play a home-and-home series of sorts.

BG’s home game will be an outdoor contest at noon Saturday at Fifth Third Field in Toledo. The teams then play a traditional indoor game at 7 p.m. Sunday at RMU.

The Falcons, 11-3-2 overall and ranked 13th nationally, have been idle since Dec. 5-6 when they had a win and a tie at Northern Michigan

The players returned to BG Sunday. The team practiced twice on Sunday and Monday, and then returned to its regular practice schedule of one session each day for the rest of the week.

“They looked like they had been off for three weeks,” Falcon coach Chris Bergeron said of the early practices. “But there’s some good intensity, and they’re working real hard. It’s just a matter of getting that execution back, that edge of being back in game-like situations in practice. We want it to come back quickly.”

Before facing RMU, the Falcons will have played just one series in a span of 41 days.

“The first practice was getting back into it. It was tiring,” Falcon senior defenseman Rusty Hafner said. “The conditioning, the skating, we needed that coming back from the Christmas break. It was good. Now, we’ve got our legs back.”

The Falcons were 7-1-1 in their last nine games overall before the break, including a 6-0-1 record in their last seven Western Collegiate Hockey Association games.

RMU, ranked 19th, is 12-3-3 overall.

“We’re going to have to find a way to execute at a high level to give ourselves an opportunity (to win),” Bergeron said. “If we don’t execute, just like in most WCHA league games, we won’t give ourselves an opportunity, and that’s been our focus.”

HEALTH UPDATE: BG forwards Brent Tate and Tyler Spezia are expected to play against RMU.

Tate didn’t play in the series finale at NMU because of a knee injury. Spezia missed BG’s last four games before the break because of an undisclosed illness.

Defenseman Nolan Valleau is day-to-day after he “banged his head” in practice earlier this week, Bergeron said.

BUSY: While the Falcons have been off since Dec. 5-6, RMU has been busy.

The BG series marks the Colonials’ third and fourth games in a seven-day stretch.

RMU broke for Christmas after it played Mercyhurst Dec. 13-14 in an Atlantic Hockey series before returning to co-host the Three Rivers Classic earlier this week.

RMU was a 6-1 loser to No. 17 Colgate in the championship game Tuesday after posting a 4-2 semifinal win Monday over No. 20 Penn State.

ACADEMICS: The Falcons had a 3.3 grade-point average during the fall semester.

Sophomore Tomas Sholl, and freshmen Ben Greiner and Jakob Reichert each had a 4.0 gpa for the semester.

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