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DeMartino Guides Ferris to a Split

Ferris Bulldogs win one, lose one against Lake Superior State University

by Published: Nov 14, 2012

Super Slap: Bulldog for­ward Justin DeMartino sends a slap­shot against Miami (Ohio). DeMartino scored two of the three goals in the week­end series against Lake Superior State. Photo By: Brock Copus | Multimedia Editor

Ferris State remains in a seven team log jam in the CCHA after split­ting the series against Lake Superior State University this past week­end (Nov. 9–10).

The Bulldogs have nine points in CCHA play and share third place with Notre Dame, Lake Superior State and Michigan State.

The CCHA’s log jammed stand­ings put the Bulldogs right in the thick of things after drop­ping the first game against LSSU in the week­end series, before bounc­ing back Nov. 10 with a win.

In the first game of the series, Ferris scored first in the early part of the sec­ond period when junior for­ward Justin DeMartino put his sec­ond goal of the sea­son in on a play set up by junior cen­ter Corey Kane and sopho­more defense­man Simon Denis.

The Bulldogs tried to carry their 1–0 lead into the third period, but dur­ing the final minute of the sec­ond the Lakers stam­peded back by scor­ing three times in less than 60 sec­onds. Lakers sopho­more for­ward Buddy Robinson notched his first two goals of the sea­son while giv­ing LSSU a 3–1 advantage.

“It was only our sec­ond time on the road this sea­son, and we had a bad minute of hockey that cost us the game,” Ferris sopho­more defense­man Jason Brinkley said.

Even with the 32–27 edge in shots for Ferris, the one minute melt­down proved to be costly for the Bulldogs, as they were unable to equal­ize the LSSU rally and would lose after the Lakers scored an empty net goal to give Ferris a 4–1 loss.

The nation­ally 18th-ranked Bulldogs (U.S. College Hockey Online) would answer in the final game of the series, as Ferris posted a 2–1 vic­tory to force a split against LSSU.

Junior cen­ter Corey Kane scored first in the open­ing stanza of play on a power play goal off a pass from DeMartino to give Ferris an early 1–0 lead.

DeMartino scored a fol­low­ing goal early in the sec­ond period to give Ferris a 2–0 lead with assists given to senior for­ward Kyle Bonis and sopho­more defense­man Simon Denis. There were two goals and one assist for DeMartino in the series, as he tal­lied a point in all of the goals Ferris scored.

“Ideally, you want to sweep your home series and split your road ones,” Binkley said. “So far all we have been doing is split­ting series and so has the rest of the league. Now with our sched­ule com­ing up, we have to start get­ting our sweeps and play com­pet­i­tive hockey and we’ll be right there.”

Sophomore goal­tender C.J. Motte would do the rest, allow­ing only one goal off of 44 shots by the Lakers, as Ferris was greatly out­shot 44–28 but man­aged to escape with a win.

The split this week­end put Ferris right in the thick of things, as CCHA play begins to heat up.

The Bulldogs will seek revenge Nov. 17–18 against Bowling Green State University. BGSU pre­vented Ferris from reach­ing the St. Joe Louis arena last sea­son by knock­ing the Bulldogs out of the first round of last season’s CCHA Tournament.