After a loss the night before the Falcons needed a bounce back effort Saturday. A relentless attack during the first period was enough to propel them over Lake Superior, 3-1.
Coach Bergeron started Tommy Burke for the Falcons who stopped 26 of 27 shots. Head coach Damon Whitten Kept his red-hot goalie Gordon Defiel in the lineup and was peppered with 41 shots, saving 38.
Bowling Green opened the scoring at 10:46 of the first period. Kevin Dufour passed to Dan DeSalvo. The senior captain fired an initial shot that Defiel saved. The rebound found Adam Berkle’s stick who found twine. The goal was Berkle’s fifth of the season.
Luke Sandler was called for a major penalty and game misconduct at 15:52 of the first period for checking from behind as he crushed Brent Tate into the boards. The Falcon power play responded at 18:14 when Berkle picked up his second point of the game. The senior assistant captain passed to Mark Friedman at the point who dished the puck to Ben Murphy. Murphy wristed a perfect top-shelf shot that beat Defiel thanks to a screen by Dan DeSalvo.
The Falcons pelted Gordon Defiel with 18 shots in the first frame, with the freshman netminder stopping 16 of those attempts. Burke was less busy as he stopped all seven Lake Superior attempts.
Todd spoke to Adam Berkle after the first period. Here’s what the senior forward had to say:
Brett D’Andrea tallied his second goal of the game at 6:02 of the second period. Brent Tate skated into the Laker zone before pulling back and passing across the point to Mark Friedman. The freshman defenseman found a wide-open D’Andrea on the doorstop who re-directed the puck past Defiel.
The Lakers almost scored their first goal at 10:20 of the second period. Stephen Perfetto passed across the slot to Garret Clement on a 2-on-1 rush. Clemment’s rushed attempt hit the post and Burke sprawled out on his back and covered up the loose puck.
Lake Superior would finally crack the scoreboard at 13:06 of the second period. Kyle Chatham skated behind the Falcon net and passed to Garrett Clemment. Clemment saw Stephen Perfetto across the crease and attempted a one-timer set up. Mark Cooper got his blade on the puck but couldn’t corral it and the puck found Perfetto’s stick anyways and netted his eighth goal of the season.
Bowling Green added ten shots in the second period with Defiel stopping all but one. The Lakers had a bounce back period in terms of shots and challenged Burke 14 times, scoring once.
Todd spoke to Brett D’Andrea after the second period. Here’s their conversation:
Lake Superior had plenty of chances in the third period to make a late comeback as they had three power play chances. However, the Falcons stout penalty kill shut the door and the Falcons took a weekend split with the Lakers.
The Falcons challenged Defiel 13 times in the third period. The Lakers fired six shots on Burke.
– The Falcons move to 15-5-4, 11-3-2 on the season. They sit in third place in the WCHA with 22 points. Minnesota State (31 pts.) and Michigan Tech (25 pts.) sit above them in the standings. The Lakers drop to 7-19-1, 6-13-0 and sit in a tie for eighth place with Alabama-Huntsville with twelve points.
– With Ben Murphy’s goal he sits one point away from the 50th of his career (27-22-49).
– Bowling Green is 8-1-0 in games following a tie or defeat.
– The Falcons will spend another week atop the penalty kill rankings. They killed all eight Laker power plays on the weekend and have killed 91 of 97 tries (.938).
– Jacob Dorow wraps up his BGSU hockey SID career with a record of 33-20-10. Jake has accepted a position at Kennesaw State near Atlanta, GA and will be moving after the Bemidji State series. All of us at BGSUHockey.com want to thank Jake for everything he’s done not only for our site, but for BGSU Falcon hockey. Go Owls!