Falcons look for home-ice edge

The Bowling Green hockey team will host a weekend series for the second straight weekend at the BG Ice Arena.

Coming to face the Falcons will be the RedHawks of Miami, who are currently in a three-way tie for first in the CCHA with Michigan and Ohio State.

“They are a team that has played real well in the league so far,” head coach Scott Paluch said. “They split with Michigan and put up 8 goals in their first game of that series against Michigan. It’s going to be a weekend where defensively we’ll have to keep a lot of guys in check and right now they are just a really good hockey team.”

Miami will be heading into the weekend with an overall record of 3-4-1 and a CCHA record of 3-1-0. They are coming off a sweep over Lake Superior State and have won their last four meetings with the Falcons.The Falcons will bring in a record of 1-4-1 and CCHA record of 1-3-0, which currently puts them in a tie for ninth place in the league with Ferris State. They are coming off a loss and tie last weekend to Union College.

Up front, the RedHawks are lead by three big seniors in Derek Edwardson, Mike Compon, and Greg Hogeboom. Edwardson is the top goal scorer for the RedHawks with 4 goals on year and leads the team in points with 8. Kompon is the second leading scorer with 7 points and has a team high 6 assists. Hogeboom is fourth in points and has registered a goal along with 4 assists. “They got three seniors there in Hogeboom, Kompon, and Edwardson that have produced most of their careers there,” Paluch said. “They got the power-play working extremely well right now and they are a dangerous team that likes to get after things. With those three leading the way, their offensive game is extremely aggressive and they have the ability to score a lot of goals.”

In goal, the RedHawks are lead by two young net-minders in Brandon Crawford-West and Steve Hartley.

Hartley is the son of NHL coach Bob Hartley and is coming off his first career win with Saturday’s Lake Superior State game. The Falcons will counter with Jordan Sigalet, who is currently third in the league in saves with 161 on the year and has had a strong start to the year.

Kevin Bieksa continues to lead the team in points with 4 on the year and is tied for most goals with Rich Meloche, 2.

The Falcons continue to get shots on net, but have had trouble getting on the board. Last weekend, they went a combined 1-15 on the power-play and were only able to score twice in the series.

“Our power-play needs to start putting some numbers up on the board,” Paluch said. “I thought we moved the puck a little better as the weekend went on last week, but offensively we’re struggling right now and we need to find more ways to put the puck in the net.”

Forward Mark Wires was the lone Falcon to tally a power- play goal last weekend and he knows the importance of being able to score this weekend along with trying to keep Miami in check.

“Miami is having a pretty good offensive year so far and hopefully we can match that,” Wires said. “I think we are due to really have an explosive offensive game and hopefully get two of them this weekend to keep up with them. We keep getting shots on net and creating opportunities, so sooner or later the goals will come and they will come. I know we’ve been working on our defensive zone coverage and defensive back- checks along with fore-checks….so hopefully the work we’ve put into that will limit their chances on the other end.”

The game will start at 7:05 p.m. at the Ice Arena and will have the same starting time tomorrow.