The Free Press, Mankato, MN


November 8, 2013

College hockey gameday: Minnesota State vs. Bowling Green


4. Scouting the Falcons: Bowling Green has two of the top three scorers in the WCHA in senior forward Bryce Williamson (6-5—11) and junior forward Dan DeSalvo (2-8—10). Williamson and sophomore forward Ben Murphy (6-1—7) are tied for second in the league’s goal-scoring race. “They’re as aggressive a team as we’ve encountered, at this point,” Hastings said, “in all three zones.” In goal, Tommy Burke (.916, 1.92) and freshman Tomas Sholl (.902, 2.26) have split time.

5. Improved program: Bowling Green coach Chris Bergeron is in his fourth season. He took over a five-win team and has added to that total each year since. Last season, the Falcons went 15-21-5 but finished ninth in the CCHA. Ryan Carpenter was that conference’s eighth-leading scorer a year ago and a candidate for WCHA preseason player of the year this year, but the senior remains out of the Falcons’ lineup with a broken finger.

Around the rinks

Gustavus Adolphus: The Gustavus men (1-1-0) will head to Wisconsin for games today and Saturday against No. 10 UW-Stevens Point (2-0-0) and UW-Stout (1-1-0), respectively, while the third-ranked women (1-0-0) have a tough nonconference series, hosting ninth-rated UW-Superior (2-0-0) at 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Don Roberts Ice Rink.

Minnesota State women: The Mavericks (3-7-0, 0-6-0 in WCHA) are idle this weekend and will return to action Nov. 15-16 at Bemidji State.

Shane Frederick

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