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Michigan Trumps Ferris

Michigan sweeps Ferris, Bulldogs headed to Columbus for Quarterfinal

by Published: Mar 2, 2013

Keeping at Bay: Ferris junior left wing Andy Huff attempts to hold a Michigan attacker back. The Bulldogs would tie and lose the shootout against the Wolverines for the final regular season game. Photo by Brock Copus | Multimedia Editor

Keeping at Bay: Ferris junior left wing Andy Huff attempts to hold a Michigan attacker back. The Bulldogs would tie and lose the shootout against the Wolverines for the final reg­u­lar sea­son game. Photo by Brock Copus | Multimedia Editor

Ohio State was bom­barded by Miami (Ohio), which allowed Ferris State another chance to earn home-ice in the quar­ter­fi­nal round of the CCHA play­offs the same night.

Yet the Bulldogs were unable to cap­i­tal­ize on their oppor­tu­nity, March 2, relin­quish­ing home-ice to Ohio State for their upcom­ing quarterfinal’s play­off series, as they dropped their con­test against the University of Michigan at Yost Ice Arena 2–1 in a shootout.

Ferris fresh­man defense­man Zach Dorer found his way onto the score sheet, rifling home his first goal as a Bulldog mid­way through the sec­ond period from the blue line that knuck­led past Michigan goal­tender Steve Racine.

Ferris head coach Bob Daniels went for the kill in over­time by pulling sopho­more goal­tender CJ Motte with 37 sec­onds remain­ing. With an extra attacker, senior cen­ter Travis Ouellete had a break­away chance that was denied by Racine.

Hold the Line: Bulldog sophomore goaltender C.J. Motte keeps the puck in play against a Michigan wraparound attempt. Moote had 35 saves on the night Photo by  Brock Copus | Multimedia Editor

Hold the Line: Bulldog sopho­more goal­tender C.J. Motte keeps the puck in play against a Michigan wrap­around attempt. Moote had 35 saves on the night Photo by Brock Copus | Multimedia Editor

“I told the guys on the ice we were going to pull him,” Daniels said. “They wanted it and they nod­ded their heads, I wouldn’t have done it if they thought I was crazy.”

Motte fin­ished with 35 saves, which kept Ferris in the con­test all night. Michigan’s offense pestered Motte con­stantly through­out the con­test, crash­ing the crease at will. During one of these scrums Motte was bowled over after mak­ing a stop.

The puck rolled loose off Motte’s pads as he fell to his back­side. Motte was able to slam the back of his foot on top of the puck as it reached the line, which was the piv­otal stop of the game for the Bulldogs.

Ferris’ quest for the Mason Cup will com­mence on March 15 at Ohio State University, in Columbus. The games will be played in the Buckeyes’ sec­ondary rink.

“Apart from miss­ing out on the home ice, I think we’re in a good place,” Daniels said. “The rink we’ll play in is much smaller, low ceil­ing, and I think we’ll be com­fort­able play­ing there.”