BOWLING GREEN -- The Bowling Green State University ice hockey team defeated Lake Superior Saturday night, dominating the Lakers in a 7-3 victory. Brent Tate, Mike Sullivan, Ryan Carpenter, Bryce Williamson and Dajon Mingo all scored for the Falcons, including a two-goal output from Mark Cooper. Senior goaltender Andrew Hammond turned away 27-of-30 shots in the win, improving his record to 8-10-3 between the pipes.
The Falcons had one of their better nights on the power play, converting 2-of-5 opportunities for the first time since Dec. 29 against Niagara. The Lakers were once again held scoreless with the man advantage, going 0-for-4 on the night.
Looking for redemption from Friday's loss, the Lakers came out on fire to start Saturday's tilt. Lake Superior used its early momentum to score the first goal of the game, coming off the stick of Daniel Vernace at 4:08 of the opening frame.
Bowling Green responded almost immediately, scoring the tying goal just over 40 seconds later. Sophomore Adam Berkle caused a turnover at the Lake Superior blue line, before sending a pass over to Dan DeSalvo flying into the zone. DeSalvo moved towards the Laker net on a 2-on-1, eventually sending a perfect pass to Tate at the bottom of the far circle. Tate ripped a shot, beating Lake Superior goaltender Kevin Murdoch for his second goal of the season.
The Falcons kept their foot on the gas, scoring a second goal at the nine minute mark of the first. Sophomore Ryan Carpenter took control of the puck in the bottom of the Laker zone, eventually passing to senior Bobby Shea at the blue line. Shea skated the puck towards the Lake Superior cage, firing a shot at a tangle of bodies in front. Shea's shot found the stick of Cooper at the top of the crease for a deflection, beating Murdoch to take the 2-1 lead.
Lake Superior evened the game at 2-2 with an early goal (1:25) in the second period, once again coming off the stick of Vernace on a wrap around.
The Orange and Brown answered back at the 13:25 mark of the second, scoring a power play goal to once again pull ahead. Cooper and Sullivan worked the puck back and forth at the top of the near circle, stretching the Lake Superior defense on the penalty kill. Sullivan gained some space, and fired a shot top shelf, deflecting off the post and into the net for his first goal of the season.
The Lakers once again tied the contest, scoring just 17 seconds into the final frame. Lake Superior's Chris Ciotti netted his 10th goal of the season at even strength, sending a wrist shot past Hammond to even the tilt at 3-3.
The Falcons responded with their best third period of the season, scoring four-straight goals in the final frame. Bowling Green's first tally of the period came just over 30 seconds after the Laker goal, with Mark Cooper banging home a one-timer on a pass from junior captain Cam Wojtala.
Bowling Green added a fifth goal at the 14:31 mark of the third period, coming off the stick of Carpenter on the power play. Sullivan and Mingo worked the puck around the top of the Laker zone, giving Mingo room to fire a shot on net. Carpenter was waiting in front, tipping the puck past Murdoch for his team-leading 11th goal of the season.
The Falcons added two more insurance goals in the frame, the first coming from Williamson on an empty netter, and the second coming from Mingo in the final minute of play to give Bowling Green the 7-3 victory.
The win pushes the Falcons' overall record to 10-13-5, including a record of 7-10-3-1 in the CCHA. The loss drops Lake Superior's record to 13-16-1 overall, with a record of 8-13-1-1 in conference play.
Saturday night's win gives Bowling Green a sweep of the conference series, the first for the program since Nov. 15-16, 2008 when the Falcons defeated Northern Michigan in back-to-back games at the BGSU Ice Arena.
The Falcons' seven-goal output Saturday marks the highest scoring game for the Orange and Brown since Dec. 30, 2005 when they defeated UConn, 9-2. Bowling Green's last conference game with at least seven goals also came back in 2005, an 8-4 win over Northern Michigan on Nov. 4.
The Falcon hits the ice again on Feb. 8, when they face off against Michigan State in a home-and-home series. The puck is set to drop at the BGSU Ice Arena at 7:05 on Friday night.