Bowling Green defenseman Chris Pohlkamp is “on track ” to play this weekend at Bemidji State, Falcon coach Chris Bergeron said Tuesday.
The freshman injured his shoulder Friday against Minnesota State and didn’t play Saturday in the series finale.
But defenseman Jose Delgadillo (shoulder) and forward Brent Tate (hand) won’t play this weekend, Bergeron said.
Delgadillo was injured in the third period of Saturday’s game, and Tate suffered his injury Friday and didn’t play Saturday.
Pohlkamp is practicing this week, but Bergeron said he’s being held out of contact.
The Falcons finish the pre-Christmas portion of their schedule against Bemidji. The teams play Friday at 8:37 p.m. and Saturday at 8:07 p.m.
“Chris a guy who plays with a bunch of contact,” Bergeron said, adding Pohlkamp’s injury is “more of a bruise and muscle thing. We’ll give his body a rest and keep him out of contact. He’s out there skating and doing fine.”
Delgadillo’s arm is in a sling.
“He should be back sooner than we initially expected,” Bergeron said. “It’s (the shoulder) still sore. It’s going to take some time.”
After the Bemidji series, BG is off until Dec. 30 when it faces Western Michigan at the Huntington Center in Toledo. The Falcons then host Clarkson Jan. 2-3 and visit Lake Superior Jan. 8-9.
Tate’s hand is in a cast. Bergeron didn’t know if Tate and Delgadillo would play against Western or Clarkson.
CONSISTENCY: The Falcons, ranked 14th nationally, are coming off two 2-2 ties with No. 20 Minnesota State.
BG didn’t play well Friday, but scored twice in the last four minutes to overcome a 2-0 deficit. On Saturday, the Falcons allowed a power-play goal just 23 seconds into the game before coming back to play well after that.
The Falcons have been inconsistent in their play during the first half, but they were coming off two solid performances in a 2-1, 4-3 (overtime) sweep at home against Northern Michigan.
BG is at its best when it’s controlling the puck in the offensive zone and generating shots from that puck possession. The Falcons had just 21 shots against MSU Friday, but totaled 33 shots Saturday.
BG has scored just 25 goals in 17 games with the teams 5 on 5.
“Our 5 on 5 play has been very inconsistent,” Bergeron said. “We have to find a way to create opportunities. That is how we create offense. The more chances we get, the more opportunities we have to score.”
TRAVEL: The Falcons will make the 14-hour trip to Bemidji State in north central Minnesota via sleeper bus.
They’ll leave Wednesday night around 8:30 and arrive Thursday morning.
BG will skate in Bemidji’s Sanford Center Thursday night and Friday morning.
Bemidji is just under four hours north of Minneapolis.
ARENA: The Sanford Center, which opened in October 2010, has a capacity of 4,700.
BREAK: The BG players are in their final week of classes for the fall semester.
They’ll take final exams next week and then head home for Christmas.
The Falcons will return to BG Dec. 26 and resume practice Dec. 27.