Oh Puck! RedHawks Sweep Bulldogs

Ferris falls to third in the CCHA standings with a series against Michigan looming

by Published: Jan 20, 2010

Out for the Count: The Ferris State hockey team leaves the ice after the sec­ond dis­ap­point­ing defeat of the week­end. The Bulldogs played Miami on Friday and Saturday, los­ing both games with scores of 4–0 and 5–4, respec­tively. Photo By: Kate Dupon | Photographer

The Bulldog hockey team was swept at home for the first time this sea­son at the hands of the No. 2 nation­ally ranked Miami RedHawks.

Ferris entered the series unbeaten in its pre­vi­ous 12 con­fer­ence con­tests and 11–0 at home this sea­son. Both streaks came to an end on Friday.

Through 24 games, the Bulldogs are 16−6−2 over­all and 10−4−2−2 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). Ferris and Miami were tied for first in the CCHA stand­ings prior to the series and now the Bulldogs trail Miami by six points.

The games drew the two largest crowds of the sea­son as 2,277 peo­ple were in atten­dance on Friday and 2,076 peo­ple saw Saturday’s game. None of the pre­ced­ing games this sea­son had more than 2,000 peo­ple at them.

Miami’s goalie, Cody Reichard, earned his first shutout of the sea­son on Friday night as he stopped all 23 shots the Bulldogs threw his way in the 4–0 win. Reichard is the nation’s lead­ing goal­tender allow­ing just 1.53 goals per game. Head coach Bob Daniels cred­ited the Miami defense for the shutout.

“I do think their defense deserves a lot of credit for shut­ting us down,” said Daniels.

Both the Bulldogs and RedHawks were held with­out a goal on power play oppor­tu­ni­ties as Ferris went 0 for 7 and Miami went 0 for 5. Justin Menke and Alden Hirschfeld were given 10-minute game mis­con­duct penal­ties at dif­fer­ent times dur­ing the game and were ejected.

On Saturday, the game was much closer and more com­pet­i­tive through­out, but the Bulldogs fell 5–4. Ferris jumped out to a 2–1 lead mid­way through the sec­ond period on goals by senior defense­man Matt Case and junior left wing Mike Fillinger. Miami coun­tered with three goals over the final five min­utes of the sec­ond period to take a 4–2 lead.

RedHawks cap­tain Tommy Wingels scored his sec­ond goal of the con­test eight min­utes into the third period. Ferris tacked on two more goals, the last com­ing with 35 sec­onds remain­ing in a 6 on 5 advantage.

Daniels was pleased that the team played hard until the end and never gave up, but said the team should not have put itself in that situation.

Senior and Bulldog cap­tain Cody Chupp was escorted off the ice at the end of the sec­ond period after suf­fer­ing a hip injury. Chupp was taken to the hos­pi­tal for x-rays, which came back neg­a­tive for any seri­ous injury.

Sophomore goal­tender Taylor Nelson sur­ren­dered all four goals in the sec­ond period before giv­ing way to junior Pat Nagle in the third. Once again, Reichard earned the vic­tory for the RedHawks as he improved his record to 12−2−2 this season.

Four goals were reviewed through­out the course of the game, three of which Ferris scored and were waived off. One of the reviewed goals was con­firmed as a goal.

The Bulldogs play the University of Michigan in a home-and-home series this week­end. The Wolverines, cur­rently sixth in the CCHA, are com­ing off a win and shootout loss against Alaska. The teams will play in Ann Arbor on Friday and then in Big Rapids on Saturday. Both games are sched­uled to begin at 8:05 p.m.

“I do think we have work to do, though,” said Daniels. “Michigan obvi­ously has put the pieces of the puz­zle back together.”

  • Go Skins Go

    The shutout on Friday was Reichard’s 4th of the sea­son, not his 1st. Don’t hang your heads low Bulldogs, you earned two ties against us in Oxford thanks to a trap sys­tem, but in Michigan this past week the more tal­ented team pre­vailed. Still got a good sea­son going on up there though.

  • http://www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com Dominic Hennig

    Go Dawgs!

  • steve

    Huge week­end ahead against Michigan if the Bulldogs have any hopes of fin­ish­ing among the elite in the CCHA. Time to get some results.