TOLEDO, Ohio — While the logo at center ice may have been
for the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, the Michigan Wolverines claimed the building for
themselves as they dominated Bowling Green.
While Bowling Green was technically the home team, the game
was played at Lucas County Arena in downtown Toledo, it was Michigan who went
home with the 4-1 win.
A three goal first period combined with a stifling defense
that only allowed the Falcons to fire 12 shots on Michigan goalie Bryan Hogan
helped the No. 15 team in the nation improve to 5-7-0 (3-5-0 CCHA).
“Today we were coming out strong and continuing doing that
and for once we actually played all 60 minutes,” left-winger Carl Hagelin said.
The win also helped the Wolverines avenge a 4-2 loss they
suffered at home one night earlier.
On Friday, Michigan struggled to finish against Bowling Green as the visitors scored three third period goals to claim the victory. Saturday, Michigan made sure it would would be impossible for Bowling Green to make the come back.
Michigan took control of the game early as Hagelin
deflected a puck over BG goalie Nick Eno’s left shoulder just 2:18 into the
contest following a pass from Brandon Burlon.
“We found ourselves just standing around and they’re a solid hockey team, this is a team you can’t give a lot of leads to,” Bowling Green coach Dennis Williams said.
Not only did the Falcons give up the lead, but A.J. Treis would double it just less than eight
minutes later when he was able to bang a loose puck home from the top of the
Despite only managing four shots in the opening period,
Bowling Green did get on the scoreboard as freshman Marc Rodriguez buried a
breakaway attempt after taking a pass from linemate Tomas Petruska.
However, those positive feelings didn’t last as Michigan
responded with a goal just 1:13 later as Brian Lebler’s wrist shot from the
slot found it’s way past Eno on the glove side.
The Falcons were lucky to escape the first period only
trailing by two, as Michigan controlled the entire period firing 16 shots, many
of which came from below the face-off circles.
“We came out flat and kind of underestimated them a bit,” said BG captain Kyle Page. “We
thought we could get away with not moving our feet and it kind of cost us.”
In the second period neither team did any damage on the
scoreboard as the Wolverines continued to carry the play and fired 10 shots as
opposed to the three fired by the Falcons.
Despite taking the loss Eno played well in the Falcon net
stopping 26-of-30 shots in the game including the several key stops late as BG
was attempting to comeback.
Even with Eno’s stellar play Michigan was finally able add
to their lead with 7 minutes remaining in the game when Chris Brown and David
Wohlberg skated in on a two-on-one resulting in a one-timer that found it’s way
into the net.
“That was a big goal, because they’re still in the game even
though we out shot them and out chanced them,” Michigan coach Red Berenson
Michigan’s dominance also proved itself on the penalty kill
as they were a perfect 5-for-5 and came within inches of picking up shorthanded
goal late when Hagelin’s breakaway attempt hit the post.
Next weekend CCHA play will continue for Bowling Green as
they will head to South Bend, Ind. for a match-up with Notre Dame, while
Michigan will take part of the college hockey showcase with Minnesota and