With a couple wins over WCHA foe Alabama-Huntsville the Falcons have found themselves on a three game win streak.
Tommy Burke was steady again for BG, stopping 26 of 27 shots while Carmine Guerriero for Huntsville turned away 22 of 26. Chris Bergeron liked Burke’s strong play on the weekend: “He’s establishing himself as a guy that can play back-to-back nights if he needs to. I thought Tommy was solid all weekend.”
Coach Bergeron was complimentary of the scrappy Chargers during his post game interview: “I don’t think we were as good tonight as we were last night. That may have more to do with them than with us…they came with a good, hard push.”
Bowling Green didn’t wait long to get on the board. At just :21 of the first period Cam Wojtala passed to Mike Sullivan at the point, who fired a shot on net. Adam Berkle was “Johnny on the spot” and re-directed the Sullivan shot, beating Guerriero. The Chargers goalie was tested 11 total times in the first, stopping 10. Tommy Burke turned aside all six shots he faced from Huntsville.
Brent Tate doubled the Falcon lead 3:58 in the second as he beat the Charger netminder after a faceoff win and assist from Dan DeSalvo. The goal was Tate’s eighth of the season and DeSalvo’s 15th assist. Tate played a good all-around game, including strong physical play. Bergeron liked what he saw from his sophomore forward: “He was hard on puck. He’s a guy we expect to play that way. I think he was one of a couple guys that stood out for us tonight.”
Dan DeSalvo was again on the scoresheet as he picked up his fifth point of the weekend at 9:07 of the second frame. Ralfs Freibergs sent a a shot on net that was saved by Guerriero. DeSalvo was knocked down while handling the rebound and wristed a shot past the freshman goaltender.
The Falcons picked up their 11th goal of the weekend and extended their lead to 4-0 four minutes later at 13:25 with Dan DeSalvo assisting on a rebound goal scored by defenseman Rusty Hafner. Huntsville scored their first goal of the weekend at 16:10. Stephen McKenna beat Burke with assists from Steven Koshey and Craig Pierce.
Burke ended the second with nine out of ten possible saves. Guerriero stopped three out of six.
Neither team was able to find the net in the third period as the Falcons held on for the 4-1 victory. Burke stopped 11 shots in the third while Guerriero turned nine aside.
Despite a long trip and some impending bad weather, a couple of the Bleacher Creatures and a few other Falcon fans made the trip to Huntsville. Coach Bergeron wanted to recognize these fans: “Thank you very much for making the trip to UAH and showing support of the program.”
Huntsville (1-21-0, 1-12-0) will travel to South Bend to face the Fighting Irish while the Falcons (11-9-4, 8-6-2) will begin a six game homestand versus the Nanooks of Alaska-Fairbanks.
Post Game Interview
Head Coach Chris Bergeron