BGSU hockey hosts Alabama-Huntsville during weekend

Corey Krupa and Corey Krupa

The BG men’s ice hockey team will face the University of Alabama-Huntsville Chargers this weekend at the BGSU Ice Arena.

Both games are on Friday and Saturday night and will start at 7:07 p.m. The Falcons are 5-1-1 overall on home ice for the season.

The Chargers come into the series with a record of 0-14-0 and 0-8-0 in WCHA conference play. The Chargers are currently the only NCAA Division I ice hockey program in the southern United States.

Friday night will be the 11th meeting between the Falcons and Chargers. BG has a 7-2-1 all-time record against the chargers. The Falcons are also unbeaten at home against the Chargers with a 4-0-1 record at the BGSU Ice Arena.

BG lost 4-3 to the 16th ranked Lake Superior State University Lakers last Friday night in a WCHA game. The Falcons had three different skaters score goals and sophomore goaltender Tommy Burke made 20 saves in the losing effort.

Senior forward Bryce Williamson recorded an assist during the game from Brent Tate’s goal. Williamson’s point total is now 15 and leads the team. His 15 points are also tied for fourth overall in the WCHA.

BG also lost 4-3 on Saturday night to the Lakers in the finale of the weekend series. The Falcons had three different skaters score goals and freshman goaltender Tomas Sholl made 28 saves in the loss.

Sophomore forward Dajon Mingo scored two goals during the game and ended a drought of 26 consecutive games without a goal dating back to last year. Mingo’s two goal night also gave him a new single game career high.

BG forward Adam Berkle will miss the Falcons home series this weekend because of a hip pointer, according to head coach Chris Bergeron.

“We think he could really improve quickly, once the bruise calms down a little bit, but right now it’s pretty sore,” Bergeron said. “We don’t want to take steps backwards with him. We don’t want to jeopardize the second half because of one weekend.”

During the month of November, the Falcons played against three different ranked opponents on the road. BG played then 16th ranked Minnesota State [Nov. 8-9], 14th ranked Ferris State [Nov. 15-16] and 16th ranked Lake Superior State last week, and came away with a 1-4-1 record during those series of play. BG overall went 4-5-1 during the entire month of November.

“The group understands we’re underachieving, we’re under performing,” Bergeron said. “We need to play better for longer in games.”

The Falcons look to snap their three game losing streak this Friday when the puck drops at 7:07 p.m. against the winless Chargers at the BGSU Ice Arena.