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D-Fence

Ferris to face Western in home-and-home series

by Published: Dec 1, 2011

A seven-hour flight and four-hour time dif­fer­ence caused some headaches for the Bulldogs as they faced the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nov. 18–19 in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Ferris opened the series Nov. 18 with a 2–0 loss to Alaska. The Bulldogs lim­ited their penal­ties to one against Alaska for the open­ing night.

“Both games it seemed to me like we were a lit­tle bit flat,” Ferris senior goal­tender Taylor Nelson said.

In the sec­ond game of the series the Bulldogs bounced back for a 3–2 vic­tory against the Nanooks. Ferris improved their con­fer­ence record to 6−3−1 and are now 10−3−1 over­all after the series split.

“It was a big char­ac­ter win for us on Saturday night,” Nelson said. “Anytime you can split up in Alaska is a great weekend.”

The nation­ally 6th-ranked Bulldogs will now pre­pare to chal­lenge the 12-ranked Western Michigan Broncos. Ferris State will attempt to stay above the Broncos in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.

Western Michigan is cur­rently fifth in the CCHA while Ferris is sit­ting in fourth-place. The Broncos are four league points behind the Bulldogs.

Western Michigan will have to score on a nation­ally 2nd-ranked team defense (U.S. College Hockey Online), that has only allowed an aver­age of 1.64 goals per game, in order to beat the Bulldogs.

According to USCHO, Ferris has two top ten ranked goal­tenders to defend the net against Western’s offense.

Nelson has only sur­ren­dered more than two goals twice this sea­son. Freshman goal­tender CJ Motte has only allowed more than one goal once this season.

Ferris will try to defend their unde­feated home ice and attempt to earn their sixth home win against Western Michigan on Dec. 2 in Ewigleben Ice Arena at 7:05.

Ferris will then travel to Kalamazoo Dec. 3 to face the Broncos at home at 7:05.