Bowling Green came in to tonight’s game riding a five game unbeaten streak and through the first forty minutes seemed to be on their way to six. But a poor first period by the Falcons combined with a pushback from Lake Superior gave the Falcons their first loss of 2014.
“I don’t know if we let them back in or if they stormed back in,” Coach Bergeron said after the game. “Tonight we got outcompeted in our own rink.”
Tommy Burke started in net but struggled late for the Falcons while Kevin Murdock was the net minder for the Lakers.
Ryan Carpenter gave the Falcons their first goal at 12:17 of the first period. Marcus Perrier shot onto Kevin Murdock who made the initial save. Carpenter collected the puck and skated around the back of the net and found a wide open net.
Burke turned aside the four shots he faced in the first period while Murdock saved 11 of 12.
We spoke to the Falcon goal scorer, Carpenter, during the first intermission:
A four on four midway through the second saw both teams exchange goals. First, it was Adam Berkle scoring his sixth of the season. Berkle skated in on Murdock, deked around the goaltender and snuck the puck in.
Lake superior responded just 19 seconds later as Colin Campbell found Zach Sternberg in the low slot for a one time goal. The Lakers picked up their second and tying goal at 12:37 as Bryce Schmitt converted a Zach Sternberg attempt from the doorstop.
The Co-Captain Carpenter picked up his second of the game at 12:37. Mark Cooper took a stretch pass from Sean Walker and skated on a 2 on 1 with the Junior forward. Cooper fed Carpenter across the slot who wristed the shot low to Murdock’s stick side.
Murdock was tested nine times in the second stopping seven. Burke had a busier second frame as he turned aside 10 of 12. The Falcons took a 3-2 lead into the locker room and we spoke to Adam Berkle as he was walking down the tunnel.
The resilient Lakers picked up their third goal to tie the game up at 6:07. While shorthanded, Matt Johnson found Kevin Czuczman skating across the slot. Czuczman fired a one-timer that beat Burke high on his stick side. Lake Superior completed the comeback and win at 17:28. Alex Globke snuck a wrist shot on Burke’s five hole as the puck deflected off the glass and came back right in front of the net. “What that goal was, was an indication of what the game was. They deserved that goal.”
The Lakers would add an empty net marker at 19:32 to ice the win.
The Falcons had a late chance to tie with just over thirty seconds left on the clock. Bryce Williamson found the puck on his stick with a wide open net but missed high.
“We put ourselves in a good spot and weren’t able to take advantage of an opportunity,” Coach Bergeron concluded.
The Falcons (12-10-5, 9-7-3) and Lakers (12-12-1, 8-9-0) will conclude their series Saturday at 7:07pm.
Post Game Audio
Head Coach Chris Bergeron
Junior Defenseman Marcus Perrier