BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — One week after getting shutout,
Providence’s offense showed up in a big way as they put eight pucks in the net
in a 8-2 shellacking of Bowling Green.
The win improved the Friars to 2-1 on the young season, thanks to a five-goal second period and a hat-trick from sophomore Matt
Bergland. For Bergland it was his first career hat-trick, as he scored
all three goals before the end of the second period.
“It feels good, our team went out there, we did what we were
told to do and the bounces came our way,” Bergland said.
However, while it was Bergland with the career night the
rest of his teammates had a strong game as nine different Friars tallied a
point in the win.
The teams traded goals early in the first period with
Providence breaking through first as Falcon goalie Nick Eno couldn’t handle a
shot by Kyle MacKinnon, and Ian O’Connor crashed the net hard to shovel the
rebound home. O’Connor’s goal was his first of the season, and gave the
Friars a temporary one-goal lead.
Bowling Green’s Tommy Dee made sure the lead was short lived
as tied the contest with a pretty breakaway goal beating Providence goalie Alex
Beaudrdy with a nice forehand-to-backhand more. Dee doubled his goal total for the game and the season five
minutes later, when he was able to drive a loose puck home with a second
remaining on a BG powerplay.
Providence added to the first period goal total when Bergland was able to jam a loose puck past Eno with 3:06 remaining in the
“We responded really well, we drew up the power play and we
got the goal and I feel that just settled everybody down,” Providence coach Tim
Army said. “Then we came out and ready to go in the second.”
While both teams played well in the first period, it was the
second period when the Friars took control of the contest.
“We felt pretty good after the first, but the second period
was a disaster,” Falcon coach Dennis Williams said.
The Friars set the tone for the second period early, as
Bergland scored 89 seconds into the period on a shot that ricocheted off a BG
Providence eventually chased Eno from the game at the 6:14
of the second period, when Chris Epppich skated down the right side boards and
fired a wrist shot off the inside of the far post.
Freshman Andrew Hammond relieved Eno and faired well, until
late in the second period when Aaron Jamnick beat the goalie to improve the
Friars lead to 5-2. Jamnick’s goal wasn’t the only trouble Hammond had in the
second period, as Bergland completed the hat-trick and Eppich found a way to
put the puck past the goalie with a minute remaining in the second period.
“The few pucks we put in kind of helped us, and gave us some
room to breathe in the third period,” Bergland said.
Compared to the second period, the third period was
relatively quite as the Friars only added one goal by Jamnick 5:34 into the
In net Beaudry stopped 16 of 18 shots for the Friars while
Eno and Hammond combined to turn away 37 of 45 total shots.
With the loss Bowling Green dropped to 0-3 on the season,
not including the 7-2 embarrassment at the hands of the United States Under-18
National Team in an exhibition one week earlier.
The teams will meet again tomorrow evening at 7:05 from the
BGSU Ice Arena.