It didn’t take long for Bowling Green to set the tone in a 7-0 victory over Lake Superior State University. With the win, the Falcons take the best of three series, 2-1 and advance to the second round of the CCHA tournament.
Coach Chris Bergeron, after a disappointing night Friday, said about the drubbing the Falcons handed out “It was a great effort. Very proud of our group…our guys, played like we’ve played in this game before, and we have.”
BG scored two goals in the first six minutes of the first period. Dan DeSalvo opened the flood gates, scoring off a Ben Murphy pass that went past the glove of Kevin Kapalka at 1:58. As it would turn out, would also be the game winner. “We were fired up. Our backs were against the wall. The puck just seems to find me” DeSalvo said after the game. The Falcons wouldn’t let up, scoring four minutes later thanks to Cam Wojtala to make it 2-0.
DeSalvo scored twice for the Falcons, continuing his strong post season play. Last year, he scored 10 goals in eight games. His second goal of the night came at 3:36 in the second. Ryan Carpenter capped the second period by scoring a shorthanded goal at 10:11 to make it 4-0. Six different Falcons scored with 11 recording a point.
Andrew Hammond had a stellar night in goal stopping 23 shots for the shutout. “Andrew was on top of his game,” Bergeron said. ” He just looked on top of it.”
Marc Rodriguez, Ralfs Freibergs and Adam Berkle scored in the third period. Freibergs goal was his first collegiate goal off of a centering pass from Bryce Williamson at 6:18.
With the win, the Falcons improved to 15-19-5 overall, eclipsing their win total of last season by one game. BG has won a first round series on the road for the third consecutive season after dropping the first game of the series.
Andrew Hammond sees a positive trend going back to last season. “We’ve done it the last two years, ” Hammond said. “As a team, it’s like a new version of the Falcons. We just played two good games of hockey.”
With Michigan State upsetting Alaska-Fairbanks the Falcons will be making the trip to Notre Dame for the second round of the CCHA playoffs. In other match ups Miami will host Michigan State, Michigan will head to Western Michigan, and Ohio State will welcome Ferris State.
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