Notebook: Falcons look to remain unbeaten at home, host Clarkson this weekend

By January 2, 2016Notebooks
Bowling Green's Brandon Hawkins (16) controls the puck against Western Michigan during Wednesday's game at the Huntington Center in Toledo (Photo by Todd Pavlack/

Bowling Green attempts to remain unbeaten at home this weekend.

The Falcons, 5-0-4 in the Ice Arena this season, host Clarkson tonight at 7:07 and Saturday at 5:07.

BG is 15-3-5 in its last 23 home games, including a 9-0-4 record in its last 13 games at home.

The series completes a busy week for both teams.

The Falcons are coming off a 1-0 loss to Western Michigan on Wednesday at the Huntington Center in Toledo.

BG, ranked 12th entering the week, is 11-4-5 overall.

Clarkson lost twice Monday and Tuesday in the Three Rivers Classic at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

The Golden Knights, 7-8-2 overall, were 3-0 losers to UMass-Lowell in the semifinals and 5-1 losers to Penn State in the third-place game.

Clarkson is 0-5-2 in the 12-team Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference where it finished eighth in the coaches poll.

LEFTY-RIGHTY: The addition of freshmen Jordan Ernst and Adam Smith gives BG two left-shot defensemen it sorely needed. Sophomore Braden Pears was the team’s only left-shot defender during the first half.

The Falcons have five right-shot defensemen.

Teams often try to have one left shot and one right shot on each defense pairing, allowing the defenders to play on their forehand side.

“It’s a comfort level at the offensive blueline when you’re on your forehand, especially when pucks are coming from down below the hashmarks, below the goalline to the point,” Bergeron said of why the left-right mix is important. “It’s just a little bit easier (to create offense) when you’re on your forehand.”

The balance isn’t as important in the neutral and defensive zones, Bergeron said.

COLOR CHANGE: Home teams will wear their dark jerseys for home league games for the rest of the season, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced Monday.

The change starts this weekend. Home teams had been wearing their light or white jerseys.

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference also has the same policy as does the NHL.

Home teams can choose the jersey they want to wear for their home nonleague games.

REMATCH: The series completes a home-and-home contract between BG and Clarkson.

The Falcons posted a 5-4 win and a 2-2 tie at Clarkson last season.

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