Falcons sweep Rensselaer

A question presented itself this weekend.

Is the Bowling Green Hockey team really a team that is sitting in 11th place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association or the 12th ranked team in the nation?

The latter part of that question seemed to be the answer as the Falcons swept the 13th ranked Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers with convincing scores of 4-0 on Friday and 4-3 on Saturday.

Saturday’s victory (4-3) was not as close as the score showed. With 14 seconds into the third period, Falcon freshman D’Arcy McConvey picked up a rebound during a 5-on-3 power play and put it by Engineer goaltender Nathan Marsters to give BG a 4-1 lead. The power play was the result of an incident at the end of the second period that saw RPI’s Marc Cavosie being ejected due to a head butt and Ben Barr was charged with a roughing penalty.

After the three-goal lead, the Falcons went into a shell that saw the Engineers come within one goal. Barr made up for his second period mental mistake to score his second goal of the season when he one-timed a Andrew McPherson pass right in front of Falcon goalie Tyler Masters, who had no chance to save it.

The end of the period saw RPI use six attackers to give them a two-man advantage with Falcon defenseman Marc Barlow in the box for an interference penalty. Jim Vickers capitalized on the advantage bringing his team to within one goal, but it was a little too late with only 14 seconds left in the game.

The Falcons offensive dominance from the Friday meeting between the two teams continued early in Saturday’s contest as Marc Barlow and Ryan Murphy put the Falcons up 2-0 scoring each of their goals 2:30 apart.

The Engineers would end the first period when McPherson one timed a Marc Cavosie pass to the left side of Masters to give RPI their first goal in 78:13 of play.

The second period only had one goal, but probably one that could be put on any hockey highlight reel. Falcon freshman Roger Lenoard was circling in the neutral zone and found a Greg Day pass, took the puck and (went in on Marsters). Just before Lenoard was about to shoot, he was tripped by an RPI defenseman.

While almost on his back Lenoard shot and somehow placed the puck by Marsters.

“I do not know what happened,” Lenoard said. “We had a late change and their defense stepped up to play the puck and they did not know that we were still in a change. Buddy did not call any body to go out so I just jumped over the boards. Day saw me and hit me with a nice pass.”

The first game of the series was not even close to as competitive as the last as the Falcons would out-shoot RPI 40-20 while Masters received his second shut-out of the season.

The Falcons started their night with sophomore Tyler Knight sliding the puck to Curtis Valentine, who roofed a wrist shot past Engineer goalie Kevin Kurk 15:50 into the first period. After a scoreless second period, the Falcons leading goal scorer, Day, found a loose puck in front of the Engineer cage and put it by Kurk who was helpless on the ice.

“For me it was just basically a garbage goal,” Day said. “I found the loose puck and just threw it at the net.”

Then Lenoard notched his third goal of the year 3:18 later when he sent a hard wrist shot at the Rensselaer goal while being covered by an Engineer defenseman. The puck would ring off the top right corner of the post and go in giving the Falcons a 3-0 advantage.

The Falcons ended the evenings scoring barrage when Valentine who found are bound that was left by Kurk and shot over his shoulder. The goal gave the power play units something to cheer about since they went 0-8 until Valentine’s second of the game.

Masters, during his shutout, saw the game differently than what most people saw.

“It was weird out there tonight,” Masters said. “The play seemed to be moving really slow. With Louis Mass out, who is one of our best defensemen, tonight was a group effort by the blue liners. If one guy would make a mistake their partner would cover for them and the young guys played well also.”

Rensselaer coach Dan Fridgen said that what happened over the weekend was not the same Engineer team that has played to a number 13 ranking in the USCHO.com national poll.

“The one period that we played out of six with our heads on our shoulders we went 2-1,” he said. “You are not going to win hockey games like that.”

Powers on the other hand is happy with the balanced offensive production that his team is giving him right now.

“We have two games and get two goals in each of them” he said. ” If you tell me we get four goals a game I will tell you that we will go 12-0 or at least 10-2 in our last 12 games.”