MARQUETTE, Mich. – Two teams who rank in the lower half of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) scoring put on a clinic Friday night at the Berry Events Center. After an even first period of play (1-1) the Ferris State University Bulldogs scored two goals in the second period and three in the third to take the game 6-4. NMU stayed in the game with three goals of its own in the third period.
With the loss the Wildcats are now 3-9-1 overall on the season and 2-8-1-0 in the CCHA. The Bulldogs improve to 6-6-3 and 5-4-2-0 respectively.
Gregor Hanson gave the ‘Cats the 1-0 lead with his fourth goal of the season, which was on the power play, at 4:04 of the first period. Erik Gustafsson and Nick Sirota both assisted on the goal. A little over 11 minutes later the Bulldogs answered on a power-play goal by Brendan Connolly (15:30).
The second 20 minutes of play saw Ferris take a 3-1 lead on two power-play goals by Justin Lewandowski and Matt Case at 00:20 and 6:49 respectively.
At 1:39 of the third period, Connolly scored his second goal of the game for a 4-1 lead for the visitors. Less than 30 seconds later, Gustafsson scored his first career goal at 2:07 on an assist from Mike Maltese and Justin Florek. Gustafsson was playing in his 57th game in an NMU uniform. Phil Fox with his power-play goal at 11:58 put the ‘Cats to within one (4-3). Gustafsson and Mark Olver assisted on Fox’s third goal of the season. Ferris made the count 5-3 on Corey Couturier’s goal at 12:51.
Florek scored his first career goal at 14:17 to again have the ‘Cats to within one (5-4). TJ Miller and Tim Hartung assisted. The final goal of the game for the Bulldogs was on the power play by Lewandowski at 19:05.
Ferris scored five of its six goals on the power play in seven opportunities. While the ‘Cats scored two of its goals with the extra skater in six chances. At one point in the game the ‘Cats had a 6-0 lead on shots. For the game NMU ended up with 27 to 18 for the Bulldogs.
Devan Hartigan in his second start for NMU had 12 saves. Taylor Nelson for Ferris backstopped 23 shots in the win.
The ‘Cats and Bulldogs will drop the puck Saturday night (Nov. 29) at 7:35 p.m. at the Berry Events Center for the second game of the weekend series.
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