Icers lose, tie vs. LSSU

A series between two of the more historical teams in the CCHA took place this weekend between the Falcons and Lake Superior State. The Falcons played tough but dropped the first game 4-2 then ended in a scoreless tie in the final game of the weekend.

In Friday’s game, the Lakers came out shooting the puck right away and would put up 18 shots in the first period compared to only four for BG. Just 6:27 into the game, they got on the board as Trent Campbell beat Jordan Sigalet to put Lake Superior up 1-0.

The Falcons answered back just 8 minutes later at 14:22 with Bryan Dobek getting his first colliegate goal on assists from Mike Falk and Mark Wires tying things at 1-1.

Dobek got his second goal of the night just 1:17 into the second period to give the Falcons a 2-1 lead, as his shot was able to beat Lakers’s goaltender Matt Violin. Jeremy Bronson and Falk got credited for the assists on the goal. The Lakers would strike again with just under six minutes left in the period with Tim Krueckl beating Sigalet to even the game again at 2-2. Nathan Ward then gave the Lakers the lead for good with just under 2 minutes to play in the period to put Lake Superior up 3-2.

In the final period, both teams went scoreless until the Falcons pulled Sigalet in the final minute. Lake Superior would add an empty-netter by Bo Chessman to make it a 4-2 final.

“Lake Superior did a good job defensively and we weren’t quick enough offensively to get to the loose pucks,” head coach Scott Paluch said. “Consequently, we didn’t get many shots off tonight.” For BG, Sigalet finished the game with 31 saves on 34 shots and Matt Violin got 16 saves on 18 shots for Lake Superior. Both teams went scoreless on the power-play as BG went 0-3 and the Lakers went 0-4.

With an assist in the game for Wires, his point streak increased to 6 games. Bronson’s assist marked his ever point and he became the fifth Falcon freshmen to score a point on the year.

On Saturday night, the Falcons were the ones getting more shots off in the first period. BG held a 12-9 shot advantage in the period, but neither team was able to beat the hot goaltenders.

Sigalet got his second career shut-out with 36 saves on the night and Jeff Jakaitis countered with a shut-out himself with getting 30 saves. The game ended in a 0-0 tie and moved the Falcons to 3-5-3 overall with a CCHA record of 2-4-2. The Falcons went 0-2 on the power-play for the night, while Lake Superior went 0-3. BG has now held opponents to 0-36 in their 36 extra-man advantages.

The Falcons will head to Cornell Friday night then Colgate Saturday night for two non-league games.