Senior defenseman Zach Sternberg scores goal and assist for Lakers

Senior defenseman Zach Sternberg scored a goal and an assist for the Lakers

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Bowling Green State University ice hockey team lost to Lake Superior State University on Friday night (Jan. 24), by a score of 5-3, in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association showdown. Playing in front of 2,185 Falcon faithful at the BGSU Ice Arena, the Falcons saw two different skaters score goals, while sophomore Tommy Burke turned away 27-of-31 shots.

The Orange and Brown received two goals from junior forward Ryan Carpenter and one from Adam Berkle in the losing effort. Bowling Green went 0-for-5 on the power play, while going 1-for-2 on the penalty kill. With the loss, the Falcons fell to 7-3-3 in the first game of a weekend series, and 7-3-2 on their home ice.

The Falcons dominated the opening period, outshooting the Lakers by a 12-4 margin. Spending most of the time in their offensive zone, Bowling Green scored the first goal of Friday night's tilt at the 12:17 mark, coming off the stick of Carpenter at even-strength. Carpenter corralled a rebound and skated around the back of the net for a wraparound goal, handing the Orange and Brown an early 1-0 lead.

The Falcons' 1-0 lead stood for the remainder of the opening act, as Bowling Green dominated the Lakers in shots, holding a 12-4 advantage heading into the middle frame.

Bowling Green doubled their lead in the second period, lighting the lamp at the 8:55 mark with an even-strength marker. Berkle skated along the near side of the Falcons' bench and received a pass from junior defenseman Marcus Perrier near the blue line. The right-hander avoided a check along the boards and found himself 1-on-1 with Lakers' netminder Kevin Murdock. Berkle made a deke near the crease and beat Murdock for the Falcons' second goal of the game.

However, the Lakers erased a 2-0 deficit by tallying back-to-back goals over a 3:18 time span shortly after. LSSU's equalizer came from the stick Bryce Schmitt. Schmitt received a pass across the slot as he sent the puck past Burke for his third goal of the season.

Tied at 2-2, Bowling Green once again took the lead with a goal just 2:09 later, netting an even-strength marker at 14:46 in the second period. After creating a turnover, the Falcons skated through the neutral zone and found themselves with a 2-on-1 rush. Sophomore forward Mark Cooper skated on the far side towards Murdock with Carpenter trailing. As Cooper approached Murdock in front of the net, the sophomore forward dumped the puck back towards Carpenter in the slot. The co-captain was able to beat the Lakers' netminder on the right side for his third goal of the season, and gave BGSU a 3-2 lead.

Trailing for the second time in the game, the Lakers tallied the final three goals of the tilt, including an empty net goal in the final seconds, lifting them to a Friday night win. Lake Superior State outshot the Falcons 28-11 over the final two frames, helping them earn their eighth WCHA game of the season.

With the loss, Bowling Green dropped to 12-10-5 overall, and 9-7-3 in the WCHA standings. The victory improved Lake Superior's record to 12-12-1 overall, and 8-9-0 in league standings. The Falcons' six-game unbeaten streak was snapped after going 4-0-2 over their last six WCHA games.

The Falcons will be right back in action Saturday night (Jan. 25), facing off against the Lakers of Lake Superior State University in the second game of their two-game home series. The puck is set to drop at 7:07 p.m. at the BGSU Ice Arena.