BOWLING GREEN – The Bowling Green State University ice hockey team defeated the Lake Superior State Lakers on Friday night at the BGSU Ice Arena, by a final of 4-1. Brett Mohler, Dajon Mingo, Dan DeSalvo, and Ben Murphy all scored for the Falcons, while goaltender Andrew Hammond stopped 25-of-26 shots on the night.
Domenic Monardo scored the lone goal for the Lakers, and junior goaltender Kevin Kapalka stopped 29 of the Falcons 31 shots. Bowling Green went 1-for-6 on the power play, and Lake Superior State was held to 0-for-3 with the man advantage.
The Falcons scored the first goal in Friday's tilt, lighting the lamp with an extra attacker on a delayed penalty call. Defenseman Mike Sullivan started the play, sending a pass down to senior Bobby Shea at the far goal line. Shea sent a pass in front, finding a streaking Mohler for the deflection towards the Laker cage. Mohler's deflection beat Lake Superior's Kevin Kapalka, giving the Falcons a 1-0 lead with 12:28 to play in the opening frame.
The Lakers answered back roughly eight minutes later, scoring an even-strength goal off the stick of Monardo to tie the contest at 1-1.
Bowling Green answered back with the only goal of the middle frame, pulling ahead, 2-1, at the 6:27 mark of the period. Sophomore Ryan Carpenter sent a pass to the blue line, finding Shea open at the far point. Shea took possession, and passed the puck towards a scrum in front of the slot. Mingo accepted Shea's pass, sending a shot towards an open net for his seventh goal of the season.
The Falcons continued to pour on the offense, scoring two insurance tallies on the final frame. Bowling Green's third goal of the contest came just over two minutes into the third period, coming off the stick of DeSalvo on a tip in front.
The Orange and Brown's final goal came just over two minutes later on the power play, giving the Falcons a 4-1 lead in the contest. Sophomore Adam Berkle and freshman Brent Tate battled for possession of the puck deep in the Lakers' zone, eventually finding Murphy at the near circle. Murphy turned and fired a wrist shot on net, beating Kapalka for his second goal of the season.
The Lakers were unable to solve Hammond for the remainder of the contest, securing the 4-1 win for the Falcons.
The win improves Bowling Green's overall record to 9-13-5, with a record of 6-10-3-1 in the CCHA. Lake Superior slips to 13-15-1 overall, including a record of 8-12-1-1 in conference play.
Carpenter's assist on the second Falcon tally marks his 11th straight game with a point. The last Falcon with a point in 11-straight games was Alex Foster, back in 2005-06.
Freshman Jose Delgadillo recorded an assist on the third Falcon goal of the evening, giving him his first career point as a member of the Orange and Brown.