Growling Pound

Bulldogs open season with a win and tie against Mercyhurst

by Published: Oct 24, 2012

Oh Captain, My Captain : Ferris State left wing Kyle Bonis shoots the puck past Mercyhurst’s goal­tender on break­away oppor­tu­nity dur­ing Oct. 19th’s game. The Bulldogs would go on to win 7–3 while tying the sec­ond game 3–3 with a shootout loss. Photo By: Brock Copus | Multimedia Editor

The Dawg Pound was back in action as the Ferris hockey team held its 2012–13 home opener against the Mercyhurst Lakers. The team and stu­dent sec­tion did not disappoint.

The Bulldogs opened up their home ice by drop­ping ban­ners from last season’s achieve­ments inside Ewigleben Ice Arena, which included the 2011-12 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship ban­ner and Frozen Four ban­ner in trib­ute to the spe­cial sea­son the Bulldogs had in 2012.

After the ban­ners dropped, the sta­dium, filled with 1,894 peo­ple, became ener­gized while the Dawg Pound (Ferris’ stu­dent sec­tion) shouted 12 chants dur­ing the course of the first period to aid the Bulldogs’ per­for­mance in their 7–3 vic­tory over Mercyhurst on Oct. 19.

“This was my first time ever at a Ferris hockey game, and I would have never imag­ined that the stu­dent sec­tion was this crazy,” Ferris fresh­man busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion major Rob Ochmanski said. “It was sur­pris­ing how rowdy and funny the Dawg Pound was. It was def­i­nitely an amaz­ing atmos­phere for the first game of the season,”

Ferris’ for­wards junior Andy Huff and senior Kyle Bonis scored the first two goals for the Bulldogs before the Lakers’ Nick Jones put one past sopho­more goal­tender C.J. Motte on a Bulldog power play to give the Bulldogs a 2–1 edge head­ing into the intermission.

The sec­ond period was dom­i­nated by Ferris’ offense which outscored the Mercyhurst Lakers 5–0. The Bulldogs’ goals came from fresh­man cen­ter Kenny Babinski, senior cen­ter Travis Ouellette, Huff, Bonis and sopho­more defense­man Simon Denis to roar the Bulldogs to a 7–1 lead.

“My ears were ring­ing in the rink. That is by far the loud­est I have ever heard the crowd at a hockey game,” Ferris sopho­more mechan­i­cal engi­neer major Tyler Hanson said.

The Bulldogs would go on to take the game in decid­ing fash­ion with a 7–3 win. Afterwards CCHA cham­pi­onship rings were awarded to all mem­bers of the 2011-12 Ferris hockey team, mark­ing a mem­o­rable night for every­one at the game.

The sec­ond game of the series was a much tougher task for the Bulldogs, as the Lakers scored two power play goals to open up the game with a 2–0 lead before senior Eric Alexander put a goal in to give the Bulldogs a 1–2 deficit head­ing into the first intermission.

The teams traded goals in the sec­ond period when Huff scored, giv­ing him his third goal of the week­end series. Finally the Bulldogs broke through when junior for­ward Justin DeMartino scored a timely goal, which tied the game at three a piece in the third period.

Neither team was able to score in a five minute over­time period, and the results ended in a 3–3 tie, which put Ferris’ all time record against Mercyhurst at 5−0−1.

“The pos­i­tives are that we were down two goals and down a goal in the third and we came back, so I’ll take that tie,” Ferris’ Head Coach Bob Daniels said. “Maybe it’s a good thing to get it out of the way with­out a loss but we def­i­nitely have an issue we need to cure and that was the penalties.”

The Bulldogs sport a 1−1−2 record. Ferris will stay in Big Rapids to begin Central Collegiate Hockey Association play against the Alaska Nanooks, who come to town Oct. 26–27 with a 2−1−1 over­all record. The Nanooks are arriv­ing in Big Rapids after earn­ing a win against nation­ally second-ranked North Dakota University. The CCHA opener is slated to begin at 7:05 at Ewigleben
Ice Arena.