Notebook: Falcons focus on details, process during home-heavy schedule

By November 6, 2015Notebooks




Bowling Green’s been on the road for the first month of the season.

Now, the Falcons will have a chance to build some momentum at home during the next month.

BG plays eight of its next 10 games in the Ice Arena, beginning this weekend when it hosts Lake Superior in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series. The teams play Friday at 7:37 p.m. and Saturday at 7:07 p.m.

The Falcons are 4-2-1 overall and 1-1 in the league, even though they’ve played six of their seven games on the road.

“There’s no doubt about that, but we don’t want to get too wrapped up in that,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said of the chance to build momentum during the upcoming home-heavy schedule.

After visiting Michigan Tech next week, the Falcons play consecutive home series against Alabama-Huntsville, Northern Michigan and Minnesota State. BG then finishes its pre-Christmas schedule at Bemidji State.

BG also has a winning record overall, even though its power play is just 1 of 21, its penalty-killing is only 21 of 25, and some of its key players are off to slow starts.

“There’s the details of our game, individually and collectively, that we need to get better at. That’s the focus,” Bergeron said.

SHORT WEEK: BG lost a day of preparation for the Lake Superior series, the result of playing at Alaska-Anchorage on Saturday and Sunday, instead of the usual Saturday-Sunday series.

The Falcons returned to BG around 1 p.m. Monday after playing Sunday’s game at 6 p.m. BG time.

“There’s still ample time to rest,” Bergeron said. “We got them into their regular routine (Tuesday), and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be their regular routine. We’ll make sure they get ample rest and make sure they’re doing what they need to do from an individual standpoint away from the rink.

“There’s concern, but it’s not over top like any other trip to Alaska because we played at 2 p.m. Sunday (Alaska time) versus 7 p.m. Saturday.”

Conventional wisdom among teams says fatigue from the Alaska trip is at its highest the first weekend after it has returned.

POWER PLAY: The Falcons scored their first power-play goal of the season in their win Sunday.

“Our power play looked on top of it,” Bergeron said of BG’s two power-play chances Sunday. “It looked in synch. It looked on the same page. It started form the offensive zone faceoff to start the power play both times.

“That momentum and hopefully feel good from what’s going on is going to carry over. We need the power play to be better.”

The Falcons have scored just 19 goals in their seven games, in part because of the unproductive power play. They’ve scored three or fewer goals five times.

BG didn’t play well in a 4-2 loss to UAA in the series opener. The Falcon power play failed to score on three straight power plays to open the third period with UAA holding a 4-1 lead. BG closed within 4-2 with just 59 seconds remaining.

“In a game like Saturday, where you’re not quite right competitively, you score a couple goals on the power play, you get that positive feeling and momentum,” Bergeron said.

“Instead that momentum becomes negative and we get that feeling of we don’t score on the power play again.”

SICK: BG’s Tyler Spezia didn’t practice Tuesday because he was sick, but Bergeron said the sophomore forward is expected to play against Lake Superior.

NEXT: Lake Superior is 2-6, 0-2, including 5-4 (overtime), 5-0 losses at home last weekend to Alabama-Huntsville.

The Lakers were last in the WCHA coaches poll. Their 26-player roster consists of 10 freshmen, seven sophomores, three juniors and six seniors.




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