Now that the winter sports seasons have ended, Falcon Fodder is taking a look at BG’s hockey, women’s basketball and men’s basketball teams as all three prepare for the 2013-14 season. This week the focus is on the hockey program.
On Wednesday’s we are taking a closer look at the offense/forward situation. On Thursday our focus shifts to the defense/goalies situation. On Friday we will focus on the new-look Western Collegiate Hockey Conference, BG’s home next season.
Here we go …
OVERVIEW: Without question this is the deepest position group in the program with nearly all of the team's top scorers returning. With the question marks in goal and with a few replacements needed on the blueline, this group must step forward for the Falcons to be successful in 2012. This group also must take steps to improve BG's power play, which ranked near the bottom of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and national rankings. But if this group continues to develop, those tasks are very do-able.
RETURNEES: Seniors: Brett Mohler, W; Chad Sumsion, W; Andrew Wallace, C; Bryce Williamson, W; Cam Wojtala, C. Juniors: Adam Berkle, W; Ryan Carpenter, C; Dan DeSalvo, C; Ted Pletsch, W. Sophomore: Mark Cooper, W; Dajon Mingo, W; Ben Murphy, W; Brent Tate, W.
LOST: Marc Rodriguez (3 goals, 0 assists, 40.9% faceoffs won).
BY THE NUMBERS: Here are the scoring numbers for the Falcons, including where the leaders ranked among CCHA players last season (in parentheses).
- Carpenter … 18 goals (4), 15 assists (T27), 33 points (8), 46.3% faceoffs won (371-431), +12
- DeSalvo … 5 goals, 20 assists (T7), 25 points (T25), 39.1% faceoffs won (146-227), +4
- Mingo … 8 goals, 14 assists (T33), 22 points (34), +10
- Berkle … 7 goals, 14 assists (T33), 21 points, +8
- Williamson … 12 goals (T15), 7 assists, 19 points, -4
- Cooper … 9 goals (T39), 7 assists, 16 points, 43.5% faceoffs won (27-35), -4
- Wojtala … 8 goals, 8 assists, 16 points, 48.2% faceoffs won (282-303), -2
- Murphy … 6 goals, 7 assists, 13 points, 0 (plus-minus)
- Tate … 4 goals, 9 assists, 13 points, 57.6% faceoffs won (34-25), +5
- Mohler … 6 goals, 5 assists, 11 points, -2
- Wallace … 3 goals, 5 assists, 8 points, 57.4% faceoffs won (316-235), 0 (plus-minus)
- Sumsion … 0 goals, 3 assists, 3 points, 0 (plus-minus)
- Pletsch … 0 goals, 2 assists, 2 points, 0 (plus-minus)
POTENTIAL NEWCOMERS: LW Kevin Dufour played in 57 games for the Carleton Place Canadians of the Central Canadian Hockey League, scoring 26 goals and added 32 assists. … Brandon Hawkins played in 60 games for the Texas Tornado of the North American Hockey League, scoring 35 goals and adding 23 assists. … Matt Pohlkamp played in 18 games for the Bismarck Bobcats of the NAHL, scoring eight goals and adding six assists.
COACH CHRIS BERGERON SAID: “Our two leaders are in that group in [Cam] Wojtala and [Ryan] Carpenter. I think next year our group of forwards has a chance to be pretty good. If you shut down one, you’ll still have to answer to two or three or four others.
“I know our power play is going to be better, and that’s going to help our offense. I liked what our offense group had become – but I think our guys have more.
“Our feeling is that expectations are higher the older you are. Yes, the jump from freshman to sophomore is a big jump, and the jump from sophomore to junior is a huge jump, as is the jump from junior to senior. If people think they’re just going to do what they did this year, and that’s going to be good enough, that’s not the case.
“I think we’re really going to have some nice options and some depth up there. For the first time, guys are going to have to hold themselves to a high standard on a daily basis – or they won’t play.”
THURSDAY: A look at the Falcons’ defense and goaltending situation.
Click here to read Tuesday’s overview of the program.