Falcons split series against Lake Superior

By Corey Krupa and By Corey Krupa

The Falcon hockey team lost 3-1 Friday night, and then responded with a 3-1 victory of their own against the Lake Superior State Lakers Saturday night at BGSU Ice Arena.

With the weekend series split, the Falcons now have an overall record of 15-5-4 and are 11-3-2 in conference play.

“Guys were just more into it mentally, I think last night we just weren’t ready to play. Tonight I feel like guys were a couple notches up,” BG goalie Tommy Burke said.

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On Saturday night, Adam Berkle scored in the first period to give BG a 1-0 advantage. Dan DeSalvo and Kevin Dufour had assists on the goal.

Then, later in the period on the power play, Ben Murphy scored to make it 2-0 BG. Mark Friedman and Adam Berkle recorded assists on the play.

In the second period, Brett D’Andrea scored to extend BG’s lead to 3-0. Friedman and Brent Tate had assists on the goal.

The Lakers scored a goal later in the period to make the score 3-1, however neither team could score again as the Falcons went on to defeat the Lakers. BG goalie Tommy Burke made 26 saves in the win to improve his record to 6-2-3.

“Tommy Burke is a gamer and we all know that,” BG Coach Chris Bergeron said. “We’ve seen that for three years.”

In Friday’s action, BG lost to Lake Superior State 3-1. The Lakers scored two goals in the first period to take an early 2-0 lead.

Then, Kevin Dufour scored on the power play to bring the score to 2-1. Mark Friedman and Nolan Valleau recorded assists on the play, Dufour now has 11 goals on the season.

However, the Lakers added a shorthanded goal in the second period, and went on to defeat the Falcons 3-1. The Falcons outshot the Lakers 72-48 on the series.

“We just need to be better, that’s all there is to it,” Brent Tate said. “We need to play our style of game. That’s what makes us a good team and that’s how we got here.”

BG’s penalty killing unit came into the series with the best penalty killing percentage in the nation. The Falcons held the Lakers scoreless on the power play, going 0-for-8 on the power play for the weekend.

“You win hockey games when you win the special teams battle, it’s that simple,” Bergeron said.

With Saturday’s win, BG improved its home record to 6-3-2 on the season. The Falcons will face Bemidji State on the road next weekend (Jan. 30-31st).