Series Preview: Lake Superior State @ #17 Bowling Green
Bowling Green: 7-4-0 overall
Lake Superior State: 4-10-0
A New Falconer Forces
One big changeup in college hockey this past summer was that
there was going to be a change behind the bench for the Falcons. 9-Year bench
boss for BG, Chris Bergeron, after a spot opened up in his Alma Mater of Miami
(Ohio). Bergeron was the first coach
since Jerry York, whose tenure ran between 1979-1994, to post a positive win
percentage for the team.
Now leading the club is Ty Eigner, a 1993 graduate of
Bowling Green. He is off to a good start too, posting a 7-4-0 record thus far.
The wins come curtasey of Miami (Ohio), a sweep of Western in a home-and-home
series (after a loss to them at the Icebreaker), the split with Michigan Tech,
a split in an overtime win with Minnesota State-Mankato before finally sweeping
Bowling Green is led in scoring by senior defenseman Alec
Rauhauser who has 12 points, Connor Ford, a junior forward has 11 points and
Alex Barber, a sophomore forward follows up with 10 total points. Cameron
Wright, a junior forward leads the team with 8 goals. Eric Dop is the go-to
goalie this year, playing in 10 of their 11 games. He has a 7-3-0 record, a
2.19 GAA and a .914 Save%.
Lakers Not Weathering
Whew this season has been rough. At this point last season,
the Lakers were flying high at 6-3-1 record (6-4 if you count the tie as a
loss, as it was in 3v3 OT). They started the season winning 7 straight, between
2 on-conference series, an exhibition weekend, and a weekend of WCHA play. It
seemed the team morale was high, fans were having fun (and would continue to do
so, winning another 8 straight after dropping three in a row).
This campaign isn’t as much fun. While we have played
against two ranked opponents so far this season, keeping it closer than the
score says with then #2 Denver, then a few weeks later at #5 Notre Dame, they
were swept by a really bad Michigan team, having won only 3 games this season
(the other win coming from a pounding of Western), they have yet to win a
conference game and sit at the bottom of the B1G. And save for Saturday night’s
game against cross UP rivals Michigan Tech, they have been mostly blown out.
The defense corp needs to figure itself out. There was only
one loss in that department after last season, Steven Ruggerio. Ruggerio, as a
refresher, was second in the nation with the number of penalties taken (36), and only scored 11 points on the year,
and blocking 57 shots (second to Colin Saccoman). Saccoman already has 9 points
on the season. Only two defensemen ended their year with a worse +/-. Anderson
and Semandel, but they only played 29 and 17 games respectively, whereas
Ruggerio played in all but one. This isn’t trying to say that Steven wasn’t a
good player, he was, but losing just guy shouldn’t make the blue line this
porous. The goaltending could step it up too, but when the play in front of him
is subpar, there’s only so much one man can do.
A split or sweep this weekend would do wonders for this team
and it’s fans. Bowling Green is a long time rival of the Lakers, going all the
way back to the CCHA days. And save for the playoff series that we don’t talk
about, the Lakers always seem to step up their game against the Falcons.
Max Humitz notched another point last week, bringing his
career point total to 88.
Puck drops at 7:00pm both Friday and Saturday nights in
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