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Blanked the Blue

Ferris captures four of six league points against Michigan

by Published: Dec 5, 2012

High Fives All Around: Bulldog fresh­man for­ward Matt Robertson cel­e­brates with his team­mates Friday night after scor­ing his first col­le­giate goal against the University of Michigan. Ferris State defeated the Wolverines 5–0 on Friday and suf­fered a shootout loss Saturday night after a 3–3 over­time tie. Photo By: Brock Copus | Multimedia Editor

The race in the CCHA is start­ing to heat up, and the nation­ally 17th-ranked Bulldogs put them­selves in excel­lent posi­tion after earn­ing four of six pos­si­ble points this week­end against the University of Michigan.

In the first game of the show­down, the Bulldogs routed the Wolverines by a final score of 5–0, and were led by 27 saves from sopho­more goal­tender CJ Motte in the win.

In front of a sold out crowd of 2,193 fans, the Wolverines were held with­out a goal for the first time this season.

“We’re get­ting bet­ter every day. Even though we are young, we are learn­ing from tough series and get­ting con­trib­u­tors from every­where,” Ferris senior for­ward Kyle Bonis said.

After a score­less first period, the Bulldogs uti­lized their power-play oppor­tu­ni­ties in the sec­ond period for three goals and out­shot Michigan 17–4.

Sophomore defender Simon Denis and senior wing Eric Alexander started the night off for the Bulldogs with two power play goals in the sec­ond stanza of the game. Freshman for­ward Matt Robertson scored his first col­le­giate goal when fel­low fresh­man cen­ter Kenny Babinski slid a pass behind Michigan’s defense.

Ferris took a 3–0 lead into the third and didn’t stop, as fresh­man for­ward Dakota Klecha tal­lied his sec­ond goal of the sea­son to give the Bulldogs a 4–0 advantage.

For the final goal of the game, junior wing Garret Thompson pot­ted his first short­handed goalof the year.

“I thought we played really well this week­end. On Saturday they got a lit­tle bit of a quick start on us, but it showed a lot of char­ac­ter that we were able to bat­tle back and earn that extra point,” Bonis said.

The sec­ond game in the series began with a Ferris goal, as sopho­more defense­man Jason Binkley scored his first goal of the year only 42 sec­onds into the game for an early 1–0 lead.

During the mid­dle of the first period, Ferris’ worst night­mare came alive when Michigan added three goals in a three-minute span to give the Wolverines a sud­den 3–1 lead.

Bonis helped put Ferris back in the game, as he scored one in the sec­ond and third period, which tied the teams up at three with six min­utes left to play.

Neither team con­verted in the remain­der of reg­u­la­tion. Michigan earned two league points in the shootout vic­tory, while Ferris pre­served a four-game unbeaten streak.

The Bulldogs will take their 6−3−1 con­fer­ence record to Kalamazoo Dec. 7–8 against Western Michigan.

“Western has a good team with tons of tal­ent, and we need to fol­low coach’s defen­sive game plan because the envi­ron­ment is crazy; the fans are right on top of you. We need to man­age our emo­tions and con­tinue to get bet­ter,” Bonis said.