BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Special teams were the key for Bowling Green (4-8-6, 2-7-3 CCHA), which scored four power-play goals en route to a 5-1 non-conference win over Findlay (4-11-2, 1-4-1 CHA) at the BG Ice Arena.
“I was pleased with the way our team played most of the game,” said BG head coach Scott Paluch. “We forechecked hard and established the game in the first period. It was a pretty good 60 minutes.”
The Falcons’ biggest success came on the power play, where they converted on four of eight chances.
“We’ve had good movement [on the power play] the last couple of weeks, After we got that first one tonight, they just started going in there,” said Paluch. “We focused on shooting a lot more pucks tonight and it really paid off.”
Freshman defenseman Jonathon Sigalet, younger brother of BG goalie Jordan Sigalet, had the biggest game of his young collegiate career, picking up his second goal of the year, along with a pair of assists.
“It was really important for us to get a win tonight. To get it by a few goals makes us feel that much better. It helps us get the weight off our shoulders,” he said.
Sigalet was also satisfied with his team’s power-play chances.
“The power play got going tonight. Any night the power play is going — with as good as we kill penalties — we’re going to be a tough team to beat.”
And the numbers stand up for the Falcons; the team is 4-1-4 this season when scoring at least one power-play goal.
Bowling Green scored first as right winger Mark Wires notched his sixth goal of the season at the 13:04 mark of the opening period, after he stuffed a rebound home from just outside the slot. Brett Pilkington added the assist for the Falcons.
BG struck again just under three minutes later when Findlay’s Christian Olson was sent to the box for high-sticking, On the ensuing power play, junior winger Ryan Minnabarriet banked a shot off goaltender Will Hooper from the side of the net for his second goal of the campaign. Jonathon Sigalet and Steve Brudzewski added the helpers.
The Falcons tacked on their third of the night, a power-play goal at 16:18 of the period. D’Arcy McConvey blasted a shot from between the circles which Hooper could not contain. Pilkington found the puck sitting on his stick after the rebound, and tucked it into the net for his sixth goal of the year. Brian Escobedo added an assist to the play.
Bowling Green added another goal to the power-play column in the third period as Jonathon Sigalet netted one from between the circles, beating Hooper over the shoulder. Wires and Don Morrison picked up assists.
The lead increased to 5-0 for the Falcons on their fourth power-play goal of the night as center James Unger took a shot from just outside the crease, beating Hooper for his second goal of the year. Morrison and Jonathon Sigalet picked up assists on the play at 8:50 of the third.
The only blemish for BG goalie Jordan Sigalet came late in the third period as a shorthanded chance off the stick of Findlay captain Kris Wiebe caromed into the net behind the right shoulder of Sigalet. Mike Batovanja and Nate Markus added the assists.
Sigalet stopped 27 of 28 shots on the night, while Hooper turned aside 25 of 30. The Oilers were shut out in four chances on the man-advantage.
Findlay will head to North Dakota over the holidays to face Brown in the first of two games at the UND tournament. The Falcons are off until early January when they visit the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs.