The Ferris State University hockey team improved to 11-8-4 overall on the season with a series sweep of league foe Bowling Green State University over the weekend. The Bulldogs offense was too much for the Falcons to handle as the Bulldogs pulled off two lopsided wins 4-1 and 3-1 respectively. With the wins the Bulldogs are now 8-6-3-2 in Central Collegiate Hockey Association play which is good enough for third place in the conference behind Notre Dame and Michigan. Bowling Green falls to 7-15-2 overall and 2-12-2 in the conference which places them dead last.
Friday night the Falcons looked to be in complete control of the game, holding a one point advantage into the third period before the Bulldogs scored four unanswered to take the win and make a statement. The win was special for Bulldog Coach Bob Daniels because it marked his 300th career victory as the Ferris State University hockey coach.
Jordan Samuels-Thomas got the Falcons on the board with 4:32 remaining in the second period to put the Falcons up by one when he took a rebound off a teammates skate to beat Bulldog netminder Pat Nagle and put his team up 1-0. The Bulldogs who were held scoreless and outshot 10-9 throught the first two periods would not be denied a conference win.
Kyle Bonis netted the equalizer for the Bulldogs at the 3:01 mark of the third period. Bonis grabbed the puck after it deflected of Falcon netminder Nick Eno. Zach Redmond was credited with an assist on the goal. Todd Pococke scored the game winner on his first goal of the season just 3:30 later. Pocock wristed a shot that beat Eno top-shelf to put his team up by a goal. Redmond earned his second point of the game with another assist.
Matthew Kirzinger kept the momentum going for the Bulldogs with another goal 34 seconds later. Kirzinger fired a shot that was saved by Eno but Kirzinger kept with the play and grabbed the rebound and beat Eno five hole to solidify the win for the Bulldogs. Mike Embach and Jordie Johnston developed the play when Johnston passed to Embach who brought the puck in the Bulldog zone and backhanded the puck to Kirzinger, they were both given assists on the goal. Kyle Bonis scored his second goal of the night with an empty-netter with 18 seconds remaining.
Although the Bulldogs got the win and Coach Daniels 300th win, they only accrued 17 shots on goal for the contest and went 0-for-5 on the power play. Nagle stopped 15 of the 16 shots he faced and the Bulldog penalty kill held the Falcons 0-for-5 on the power play as well.
Saturday night was much the same as the Falcons jumped out to a 1-0 lead early in the first period with a Bryce Williamson goal. Zach Redmond got the unassisted equalizer just over four minutes later on a four-on-four matchup when he beat Falcon netminder Andrew Hammond. The score would remain tied at one for the remainder of the first period and second period. Travis Ouellette got the Bulldog game winner at the 15:21 mark of the third period. Oullette fired a one-timer past Hammond with assists from Justin DeMartino and Mike Fillinger. Jordie Johnston got an empty-net goal with 2 seconds left to add to the Bulldog lead. Redmond and Kirzinger assisted on the Johnston goal.
Ferris outshot Bowling Green 25-17 in the second game, with Nagle recording 24 stops. Both teams were 0-for-4 on the power play.
The Bulldogs now have to prepare for a home and home series against the nationally-ranked MIchigan Wolverines who are one spot ahead of them in the conference standings. The two teams will play in Ann Arbor on Jan. 14 at 7:05 pm EST, then travel to Big Rapids, MI on Jan. 15 at 7:05 pm EST.