Hockey hosts Michigan Tech

Corey Krupa and Corey Krupa

BG hockey takes on the Michigan Tech Huskies this weekend at the BGSU Ice Arena.

The Falcons are 5-1-2 in their last eight WCHA games and are currently third in the league standings. The Falcons have an overall record of 13-10-5 and are one point behind second place Minnesota State.

“This is the time of the year where preparation gets old for the guys because it’s fairly consistent,” BG coach Chris Bergeron said. “They know what to expect each day. You have to really rely on your older guys that they’re staying upbeat and positive for practice.”

BG skates into this weekend’s series with an 8-3-2 record at home this season. BG is also 1-0-1 against Michigan Tech this season, after winning 3-2 and tying 4-4 in their first two-game series at Michigan Tech on Dec. 13-14.

Michigan Tech currently has a record of 8-14-6. However, the Huskies recently defeated first place Ferris State 3-2 at home last Friday night.

“What we’re preparing for is a huge series against a team that is really, really good,” Bergeron said.

BG has seen 11 different skaters record at least one multi-point game this season. BG is 6-1-0 when forward Dan DeSalvo scores at least two points in a game, while the Falcons are 5-1-2 when Bryce Williamson scores at least two points in a game.

DeSalvo has recorded at least one assist in six of the last seven games. He now has a career-high 21 assists for the season. DeSalvo is the first Falcon to record 20 or more assists in back-to-back years since Jonathan Matsumoto did it from 2005-07. For this season, DeSalvo has recorded seven multi-point games and leads the WCHA in overall assist scoring with 0.75 APG.

As a team, BG is averaging 3.14 goals per game this season, which ranks second in the WCHA. The Falcons have 88 goals through 28 games on the season.

Senior defenseman Jake Sloat made his second start of the season after missing the entire 2012-13 season due to injury on Saturday night in the Falcons’ 6-2 victory over Lake Superior State. Sloat recorded an assist on Adam Berkle’s breakaway goal in the third period. This was Sloat’s first point since scoring a goal against Ferris State on March 10, 2012 in the CCHA playoffs.

The puck is set to drop at 7:07 p.m. this Friday and Saturday at the BGSU Ice Arena.