BOWLING GREEN – The Bowling Green State University ice hockey team dominated the Ontario Institute of Technology Sunday night, defeating the Ridgebacks by a score of 9-1.
Sophomore Ryan Carpenter and Dajon Mingo each scored two goals, while sophomore defenseman Mike Sullivan led the team with three assists.
Senior Andrew Hammond stopped all five shots he faced in the first two periods, while freshman Tommy Burke allowed one goal on 10 shots in the third frame.
The Falcons opened the scoring at the 2:21 mark of the first period, on a beautiful tic-tac-toe passing play in the Ridgeback's zone. Freshman Mark Cooper fed sophomore Dan Desalvo in the neutral zone, making way for a 2-on-1 break. DeSalvo baited the defender over, and slid a pass to freshman Ben Murphy who fired the puck home near the right post.
Bowling Green's second tally of the evening came on the power play, coming off the stick of Carpenter in front. Mingo slid a pass to sophomore Adam Berkle, who fired the puck towards the OIT cage. Carpenter was waiting at the front of the crease, deflecting the shot past the goaltender for the game-winning score.
The Falcons would add seven more goals on the board, including a three-goal second period, and a four-goal outburst in the final frame.
Bowling Green's scoring streak was highlighted by the night's fifth and sixth goals, both coming while on the penalty kill. Sullivan scored the first short-handed marker with 2:15 remaining in the second period, with Carpenter following midway through the third frame.
The Ridgebacks finally light the lamp with 8:19 remaining in the game, beating Burke on an even-strength tally.
The Falcons answered with two more goals, Mingo's second of the night at 16:40, and junior Brett Mohler's first of the evening just under 20 seconds later. Mohler's goal would put the score at 9-1, solidifying a fantastic effort from the Orange and Brown.
"I thought the details of our game got better as the game went on," said head coach Chris Bergeron. "I thought our stick positioning got better, and we got stronger with the puck. Hard and smart plays with the puck are things I want us to be known for. I thought for the most part we were fine with that. I thought we turned it around from last night very well."
Bowling Green is back in action the weekend of Oct. 12-13, in a home series against Frozen Four participant Union College. The puck is set to drop at 7:05 p.m. both nights.