For the second straight Friday the Falcons turned in a poor performance and the other team capitalized.
Coach Bergeron was frank after the game: “This was as bad as we’ve played all year…we were poor tonight.”
Tomas Sholl started in net for the Falcons before getting pulled halfway through the second period for Tommy Burke. Pheonix Copley made the start for the Huskies.
The Huskies struck first at 12:08 of the first period. Adam Berkle was serving a high sticking penalty giving Michigan Tech a power play. Alex Petan passed to David Johnstone on the wall who one-timed a shot pass Sholl.
Michigan Tech doubled their lead just under a minute later on a breakaway goal by Malcolm Gould. C.J. Eick found Gould who redirected the pass under Sholl’s pad for his second goal of the season.
Evan Pivnick caught Cam Wojtala as the team was coming off the ice for the first intermission. Here’s that interview:
Michigan Tech stretched their lead to three-nil at 5:52 of the second period. Reid Sturos picked up his second assist of the game and David Johnstone tallied his second goal of the contest. Much like Johnstone’s first goal the puck hit Sholl in the shoulder pads and flipped in behind the freshman net minder.
The Huskies scored their fourth of the game at 9:52. Tanner Kero followed his initial shot on net and batted in the puck from midair low over Sholl’s pads. That would be Sholl’s last shot faced as he was pulled in favor of Tommy Burke. He ended his night with 12 saves of 16 attempts. “I think that’s where Tomas struggled, in the second. The two goals they scored are goals you can’t let in,” Coach Bergeron said after the game.
The Falcons finally broke Copley’s shutout at 11:51. Cam Wojtala passed to Brent Tate who skated in on Copley. While getting hauled down Tate squeezed the puck past the goaltender for his ninth of the season.
A late period goal scored by Max Vallis on a redirection from Jacob Johnstone took Michigan Tech’s lead to 5-1.
Evan spoke to the Falcon goal scorer, Brent Tate, during the second intermission:
Bowling Green picked up their second of the game at 18:13 of the third period. Ralfs Freibergs fired a shot on net that was deflected by a Husky stick and found the net. Neither team would score again as the Falcons fell 5-2.
“I’m disappointed in all of us…to play that poor at home, this late in the year, theres no excuse for that,” Coach Bergeron surmised after the game. However, the bench boss also sees the need to come out tomorrow and try for the series split: “The message is we meet here at 10am tomorrow and we have to be better than we were tonight.”
The Falcons (13-11-5, 10-8-3) and Huskies (9-15-6, 7-8-4) will conclude their weekend series on Saturday at 7:07pm.
Post Game Audio
Head Coach Chris Bergeron
Sophomore Defenseman Ralfs Freibergs
Junior Forward Ryan Carpenter