Bucked-Up the Buckeyes

Ferris prep for MSU home series after dismantling OSU

by Published: Jan 25, 2012

For the first time this sea­son, against nation­ally 5th-ranked Ohio State, the Bulldogs won dur­ing a shootout.

Ferris began its series in Columbus with a 4–3 vic­tory over the Ohio State Buckeyes on Jan. 20. The Bulldogs scored all four of their goals by the begin­ning of the sec­ond period, before Ohio State could find the back of Ferris’ net.

Ohio State then scored three goals dur­ing the sec­ond and third peri­ods. With 7:21 remain­ing in the game, Ferris junior for­ward Eric Alexander received a five-minute trip to the penalty box after mak­ing head con­tact with an OSU skater. Alexander was ejected from the game and sus­pended from play­ing in the sec­ond game of the OSU series. The Ohio State skater was not injured from the hit.

Two min­utes later, Ferris fresh­man defender Jason Binkley was tagged for a two-minute hook­ing charge.

Ferris had only three play­ers on the ice to defend a one-point lead against Ohio State’s full strength offense late in the third period. Junior Ferris for­wards Matthew Kerzinger and Travis Ouellette made two blocks for Ferris to aid in the penalty killing and keep Ohio State from con­vert­ing on the man-advantage.

“Special teams prob­a­bly made the biggest dif­fer­ence in the week­end,” Bonis said.

Senior Ferris goalie Taylor Nelson made 11 saves in the third period and 30 saves in the game to hold off the Buckeyes for his 11th win of the season.

In the next game, Jan. 21, the Buckeyes forced the teams to over­time by tying the game 3–3. Neither team could find the back of the net dur­ing over­time, which led to a shootout.

Ferris, after secur­ing a league point for the tie, went on to win dur­ing the shootout and earned another league point for the win.

“Taking five points out of six against the num­ber five team in the nation is just a great feel­ing for every­body,” Bonis said. “We trusted our sys­tem and that’s why we came out on top.”

Ferris’ skaters Bonis and senior Derek Graham con­verted in the shootout while fresh­man goal­tender CJ Motte warded off three Ohio State shots in the shootout. Motte improved his record to 4−4−2.

“We’re get­ting con­tri­bu­tions from a num­ber of dif­fer­ent peo­ple; that’s def­i­nitely a pos­i­tive thing,” Bonis said.

Ferris picked up five league points out of a pos­si­ble six points. The Bulldogs moved up to fifth place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.

The Bulldogs improved their con­fer­ence record to 9−6−3−1 and Ferris is now 15−8−3 over­all. Ferris is 4−0−2 since return­ing from break.

The Bulldogs were 4–11 on the power play in the series against OSU. Ferris allowed Ohio State to score on only 1–12 of its power play oppor­tu­ni­ties for the dura­tion of the series.

Ferris will come home to embrace their home fans at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in a two-game series against nation­ally 16th-ranked Michigan State Jan. 27–28 at 7:05 p.m.

According to U.S. College Hockey Online, Michigan State is ranked third in the nation in penalty killing. MSU kills 89.4 per­cent of their penalties.

Ferris will rely on their 7th-ranked team defense to com­bat MSU’s 18th-ranked team offense (USCHO).