BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — With two goals in both the second and third periods and a 36-save effort by Pat Inglis, Lake Superior completed the sweep of Bowling Green with a 5-2 win Saturday night.
The win was Lake Superior’s second weekend sweep of the
season and first in CCHA play, improving them to 8-7-3 (5-6-1-0 CCHA), while
Bowling Green dropped to 2-12-2 (2-8-2-2).
For Inglis the win was even bigger as the senior netminder
had struggled this season, posting a .871 save percentage and 4.88 GAA.
“I’ve been working hard in practice, and it was good to
finally get in there,” Inglis said. “I’m glad we got the win.”
Inglis was only brought in to start Saturday’s game because starting goalie Brian Mahoney-Wilson suffered a minor hip injury. Mahoney-Wilson stopped 20 shots in a 2-1
victory the night before.
For the second straight night Lake Superior jumped out to an early lead, this time just 2:21 into the first period.
A seemingly weak shot from the top of the right circle by
Pat Aubry was poorly handled by Bowling Green goalie Nick Eno. Eno allowed a
big rebound off his right pad which bounced right to John Scrymgeour, who scored
his second goal of the season.
James Perkin tied the game for Bowling Green at the 16:26
mark of the first period when he was able to beat Lake Superior center Zac
MacVoy one-on-one, putting the puck between MacVoy’s legs near the blue line and finding space to wire a slap shot into the top half of the net.
The goal was Perkin’s third marker of the season, and the
assist went to linemate Nathan Pageau.
With the exception of both goals, both Eno and Lake Superior
goalie Pat Inglis played well in the first period, stopping 12 and 10 shots
Inglis had to make several big stops earlier than his
counterpart in the opposite net, as he denied David Solway twice in the first
half of the period. His first big stop came just under six minutes into the
contest when he made a sliding pad save to derail a Bowling Green 2-on-1. About
three minutes later Inglis came up big again stopping a one-timer from just
below the circles.
“If you’re going to win in this league, your goalie has to be good,” Lake Superior coach Jim Roque said. “Teams like us, Bowling Green,
Western, Ferris, if we are going to win in opposing teams’ buildings, our goalies
have to play good.”
After Inglis’ two big saves, Eno was tested on the other end,
first making two pad saves during a Laker power play and then denying Dan
Barczuk on a breakaway with two second remaining.
Despite his strong play in the first period, Eno couldn’t
hold off the Lakers in the second period, surrendering two goals in span of
Lake Superior regained the lead with 10:56 remaining in the
second period when Eno couldn’t handle an initial shot from MacVoy, giving Barzcuk the opportunity to lift the puck over the goalie’s left pad.
Less then 30 seconds later, Lake Superior struck again as Eno
struggled to hold another rebound, and this time it was Rick Schofield who
shoveled the puck home.
Schofield’s goal was his sixth of the season and chased Eno
for Bowling Green back-up goaltender Andrew Hammond.
“It’s a team game, and to say it’s the goalie’s fault on all
those goals is wrong,” Bowling Green coach Dennis Williams said. “We just tried
to spark something, and I’ve said this all year long, we’re confident in both
Following the quick two-goal strike, neither team could find the back of the net again until Nick McParland scored
his first collegiate goal about five minutes into the first period.
With Lake Superior on the power
play, McParland collected a loose puck off of Hammond’s pad and scored from the
top of the crease.
“That power play goal in the third
was a big goal,” Roque said.
Following McParland’s power play
tally, Bowling Green came close to answering on the man advantage, but could never put the puck past the scrambling Lake Superior defense
Bowling Green eventually added
their second goal when Tommy Dee beat Inglis five-hole from David Solway and
However, those positive feelings on
the Bowling Green bench disappeared quickly as Lake Superior responded with a
goal 58 seconds later by Dillin Stonehouse, who one-timed a pass from Schofield
Following Lake Superior’s quick
bounce-back goal, they were able to hold off the Falcons the rest of the way for
Next weekend Lake Superior will
host rival Northern Michigan, while Bowling Green will play a home-and-home
series with Michigan State.