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So Long Seniors

Ferris splits series with Bowling Green State

by Published: Feb 17, 2013

Senior Sendoff: Five Bulldog senior hockey players are recognized at Saturday's game against Bowling Green State. From left to right, Bulldog center Travis Ouellette, center Matthew Kirzinger, goaltender Rob Granett, left wing Kyle Bonis, and right wing Eric Alexander. Photo by Brock Copus | Multimedia Editor

Senior Sendoff: Five Bulldog senior hockey play­ers are rec­og­nized at Saturday’s game against Bowling Green State. From left to right, Bulldog cen­ter Travis Ouellette, cen­ter Matthew Kirzinger, goal­tender Rob Granett, left wing Kyle Bonis, and right wing Eric Alexander. Photo by Brock Copus | Multimedia Editor

Ferris State fin­ished their last reg­u­lar sea­son home game in the 34 years the uni­ver­sity has been a mem­ber of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association by acknowl­edg­ing this year’s seniors and deliv­er­ing a loss to Bowling Green State.

The Bulldogs com­pleted their week­end series, after a dev­as­tat­ing 2–1 over­time set­back to the Falcons on Feb. 15, by pul­ver­iz­ing BGSU 4–3 on Feb. 16 at Ewigleben Ice Arena.

“We played a grit­tier game and that’s what we needed to do to get the vic­tory,” Ferris senior left wing Kyle Bonis said. “That’s really pos­i­tive going forward.”

Ferris sopho­more cen­ter Justin Buzzeo rock­eted a shot past BGSU goal­tender Tommy Burke for a one goal lead. Ferris’ junior right and fresh­man left wings Justin Demartino and Matt Robertson assisted Buzzeo, respectively.

Bonis added a sec­ond goal for the Bulldogs short­handed. Junior right wing Garrett Thompson sent the puck past the rink’s two blue lines to a break­ing Bonis. Bonis tar­geted a spot above Burke’s top left shoul­der with 52 sec­onds remain­ing in the first period.

With momen­tum on their side, the Bulldogs opened the sec­ond period with a goal by junior cen­ter Cory Kane at 1:32. Ferris junior for­ward Andy Huff fed senior right wing Eric Alexander, who instinc­tively passed to Kane. Kane beat Burke and gave the Bulldogs a 3–1 lead.

The Falcons needed no more than 35 sec­onds to catch the Bulldogs and tie the game up 3–3 in the second.

Ferris’ Thompson tipped in a rebound in the sec­ond period for his fourth power-play goal of the year, and his third game win­ning goal this sea­son trump­ing the Falcons 4–3.

Just Wide: Ferris freshmen left wing Matt Robertson watches his shot miss its target against Bowling Green State. Photo by Brock Copus | Multimedia Editor

Just Wide: Ferris fresh­men left wing Matt Robertson watches his shot miss its tar­get against Bowling Green State. Photo by Brock Copus | Multimedia Editor

Motte made 26 saves, with a bulk made dur­ing a sec­ond period Falcon shootout that fea­tured 17 shots to Ferris’ nine, and improved his record to 14−12−4 over­all. He is 13−10−2 in the CCHA.

Ferris col­lec­tively made as many saves as Motte, with 26 blocks in the game. Four Ferris defense­man made three blocks each.

A five day break and nearly two weeks of zero game activ­ity will allow the bat­tered Bulldogs to heal up.

“We have so many injuries right now. Our line-up is so thin,” Ferris Head Coach Bob Daniels said.

Ferris had two skaters miss­ing in their line-up due to injury, and has been forced to play ath­letes that must work through their own par­tially rehabbed injuries in games.

The Bulldogs will begin prepar­ing for their last reg­u­lar sea­son game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ann Arbor which takes place Mar. 1–2.

Ferris has 42 league points in the CCHA and is cur­rently tied with Ohio State University in fourth place.

To retain the fourth place posi­tion in the CCHA and a pos­si­ble bye in the first round of play­offs, the Bulldogs will need to sweep the Wolverines and hope OSU drops at least two of their final games of the year.

“I have a funny feel­ing we’re going to need to take one, if not two. They’re going to be huge games for us,” Bonis said. “[Michigan is] a great team.”

More pho­tos from this week­end series are avail­able on the Ferris State Torch Facebook page.
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