Saturday, January 31, 2009

Ferris Wins 2-1 In Shootout

Round One

Alex Hudson shooting for Nebraska-Omaha against Taylor Nelson. Hudson tried to beat him glove side, but Nelson denied him.

Brendan Connolly shooting for the Bulldogs against Jerad Kaufmann. Connolly faked right and then came back left for the score.

1-0 FSU

Round Two

Dan Charleston went in slow and Nelson denied him.

Justin Lewandowski shooting for FSU, but is denied by Kaufmann

1-0 FSU

Round Three

John Kemp cruised in and scored to tie the score.

Now, Zach Redmond is up for Ferris. He went in straight and beat Kaufmann glove side to give FSU the win.

2-1 FSU


We're Going To A Shootout

We've played 65 minutes of action (three 20-minute periods and one five-minute overtime), but that has not been enough. We are going to a shootout. Ferris is looking to break its tough luck in shootouts and this would be as good a time as any to get it done. The teams are in the midst of the break between overtime and the shootout right now.

We're Going To Overtime

In the final minute, both teams had a number of opportunities to attack the other team's net only to fall unsuccessful. UNO, in particular, had some strong chances against FSU goaltender Taylor Nelson during the final half minute of regulation play, but Nelson and the Bulldog defense kept the puck out of the net to force an extra timed session. Right now, the two teams are talking to their coaches, taking a bit of a rest and mentally preparing for a five-minute OT period.

We're Getting Late

We have 2:11 left in the game and we're still tied at 1-1 with both teams fighting hard to generate chances against what has been stingy defense on both sides of the rink.

Midway Through The Third Period

It's tense on the ice as the next goal, very likely, will decide the outcome of the game. Ferris is still being outshot 30-23, but the play is far more even on both sides of the ice.

By The Numbers: After Two Periods

Score: University of Nebraska-Omaha 1, Ferris State University 1
Shots: UNO 26, FSU 17
Power Plays: UNO 1-4, FSU 1-4
Penalties:UNO 6-23, FSU 4-8
Saves: UNO's Jerad Kaufmann 16, FSU's Taylor Nelson 25

Comments: Ferris clearly picked up its play in the second half and, to some extent, that is reflected by the shots. However, the Bulldogs did benefit from a five-minute major penalty called against defenseman Matt Smith for checking from behind. That led to an extended power play (which resulted in the game-tying goal scored by Brendan Connolly off assists from Matt Case and Evan Case. Smith also got a 10-minute game misconduct penalty. Ferris held the edge in shots during the period by a count of 13-10.

Costly 5-Minute Penalty

Brendan Connolly scored to tie the score off assists from Matt Case and Evan Case to tie the score at 1-1 with still more than two minutes to go on the five-minute major penalty. The score came at 12:27 of the period.

Justin Lewandowski Pounded From Behind Into Boards

Justin Lewandowski paid a steep price for a vicious shot from behind that drove him head-first into the boards near the midway point of the second period. The play resulted in a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct against Nebraska Omaha.

UPDATE: The five-minute penalty, which drew the ire of screaming Bulldog fans throughout Ewigleben Ice Arena, was taken by defenseman Matt Smith of UNO who also received the game misconduct.

Mavericks Are The Aggressors

Nebraska-Omaha is definitely setting the tone with its physical and aggressive play that has continued from the first period on into the second period. At times, UNO is clearly carrying the play by dumping the puck into the Bulldogs' defensive zone and controlling it almost as if on a power play. The Mavericks have forced the Bulldogs to bend, but they have not broken. The shots are still well in the favor of the visitors as it is 20-6 in favor of UNO.

A Look At The Numbers

  • Score: University of Nebraska-Omaha 1, Ferris State University 0
  • Shots: UNO 16, FSU 4
  • Power Plays: UNO 1-4, FSU 0-3
  • Penalties:UNO 3-6, FSU 4-8
  • Saves: UNO's Jerad Kaufmann 4, FSU's Taylor Nelson 15
Comments: UNO obviously came out with a little extra jump in its skates and with its physical play. This is not at all unexpected considering FSU won last night's game 7-1 (a score even head coach Bob Daniels said was not indicative of how close the game actually was most of the contest). Ferris struggled to get shots on goal against the Mavericks for most of the first period, but did get some rubber on the net a little more frequently during the tail-end of the opening period. Considering how motivated everyone expected UNO to be, the Bulldogs probably should feel a little fortunate to only be down 1-0 (especially considering they have yet to get their offense going).

5-on-3 PP Pays Off For Mavericks

Ferris took a couple of penalties and the Mavericks made the Bulldogs pay. Rich Purslow drove a shot into the Bulldog net, past goaltender Taylor Nelson, off assists from Eddie DelGrosso and Matt Ambroz to take a 1-0 lead at 17:56 of the first period. So, UNO has picked up the physical play, but the Bulldogs have been hurt by penalties.

Ferris being outshot dramatically

We are nearly 15 minutes into the first period and the scoreboard has Ferris with just one shot on goal while Nebraska-Omaha has 11 shots thus far. Although, as I am typing, the Bulldogs just had a few quality opportunities.

Physical play

The Mavericks clearly have picked up their physical play during the time between the end of game one and early on in game two. So far, the Bulldogs have remained mostly disciplined against the attitude-changed Mavericks.

Under 30 Minutes Before The Puck Drops

The Ferris and Nebraska-Omaha hockey teams have taken the ice and are in the midst of their usual warm-up routines inside Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids.

It will be interesting to see if the Bulldogs can bottle some of the magic it displayed in last night's 7-1 win over the Mavericks and bring some of it into this game ... the series finale.

Next Live Blogging Event: Tonight

College Hockey: Ferris State University vs. University of Nebraska Omaha

BIG RAPIDS - Tonight, the Ferris State University ice hockey team is hosting the University of Nebraska-Omaha at 7:05 p.m. in Ewigleben Ice Arena.

The Bulldogs and Mavericks are rivals in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) and ready to finish off their series on a positive note in one of the nation's top NCAA Division I conferences for college hockey.

Ferris came into the series off a bye week, but was in action prior to that two weeks ago when it hosted an Ohio State team that was one of the hottest in the nation.

The Bulldogs are entering game two of this series with a record of 11-11-5 overall and 8-8-3-0 in the CCHA standings while Nebraska-Omaha enters this series finale 13-10-5 overall and 8-8-5-3 in the league.

Ferris skated to an impressive 7-1 win last evening in Ewigleben over Nebraska-Omaha.

Friday, January 30, 2009

FINAL SCORE: Ferris State University 7, University of Nebraska-Omaha 1

It was a dominating performance by the Ferris State University hockey team which fell down 1-0, but rallied to score 7-1 in perhaps its most impressive performance of the season against a good Nebraska-Omaha team inside Ewigleben Ice Arena. Ferris was brilliant almost from start to finish and very deserving of the victory. Now, the Bulldogs have to bounce back and not experience a letdown in game two of the series on Saturday evening in Ewigleben Ice Arena. We will be blogging live once again for Saturday night's home hockey contest against the Mavericks.

They Got Another One

Before public address announcer Jason DaDay could announce the sixth goal of the game for the Bulldogs, the team scored again ... Ferris' seventh in a row in the contest. The seventh goal was credited to Brendan Connolly who was assisted by Aaron Lewicki. The score is now 7-1.


The Bulldogs just got another ... right off the faceoff to bring the crowd back to its feet. Ferris got its sixth straight goal in the game at 15:27 of the third period. The goal was scored by Mike Embach off an assist from Casey Haines.


Ferris is looking as sharp as it has looked all season and a good Nebraska-Omaha team is paying the price. The Bulldogs just put the biscuit in the basket again ... at the expense of UNO goaltender Jeremie Dupont. Brendan Connolly started a break and dished the puck to Justin Lewandowski, who scored. Lewandowski gets the goal and the assists on the short-handed goal are credited to Connolly and Zach Redmond. It's the second short-handed goal of the evening for the Bulldogs who now have scored five straight goals in the game. The score is now 5-1.

Right Off The Draw ... Ferris Scores Again

Bulldogs are looking sharp in spite of coming off of a bye week. Ferris just scored again to build its lead to 4-1 on the scoreboard as it has clearly stunned the Nebraska-Omaha team inside of Ewigleben Ice Arena. The Bulldog goal, the team's fourth straight in the game, was scored by Derek Graham at 9:33 of the third period off assists from Matt Case and Aaron Lewicki.

Tonight's Attendance ...

The attendance for tonight's Central Collegiate Hockey Association game between the Ferris State University Bulldogs and Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks was just announced as 1,036.

Between Periods Two And Three

  • The Score: 3-1 (Ferris)
  • Shots: Ferris 28, Nebraska-Omaha 23
  • Penalties: Ferris 2-4, Nebraska-Omaha 2-4
  • Power Plays: Ferris 1-4 (plus a short-handed goal), Nebraska-Omaha 1-5
  • Saves: Ferris' Taylor Nelson has 22, Nebraska-Omaha's Jeremie Dupont has 25
Comments: The shot edge in the second period went to the Mavericks, but the Bulldogs somehow managed to outscore the visitors 2-0 during the 20-minute stretch.

Spectacular Effort By Justin Menke Leads To Edge

Justin Menke split a pair of defenders with a big-time move, on a short-handed opportunity with seconds left on the penalty kill, and scored in amazing fashion to give the Bulldogs a 3-1 edge on the scoreboard at 16:28.

Odd Man Rush Gives Ferris Advantage ... GOAL!

All it takes is one miscue, sometimes, and you pay for it on the scoreboard. That is precisely what happened to Nebraska-Omaha. The Bulldogs found themselves on an odd-man rush and made the Mavericks pay dearly to grab a 2-1 lead on the scoreboard. Corey Couturier scored the goal at 4:11 of the period off assists from Mike Embach and Zach Redmond. It was a pretty goal with teamwork that was fantastic.

The Numbers After One Period

  • The Score: 1-1

  • Shots: Ferris 19, Nebraska-Omaha 9

  • Penalties: Ferris 2-4, Nebraska-Omaha 2-4

  • Power Plays: Ferris 1-2, Nebraska-Omaha 1-2

  • Saves: Ferris' Taylor Nelson has eight, Nebraska-Omaha's Jeremie Dupont has 18
Comments: All in all, the score reflects the even nature of this game through the first 20 minutes. Both teams have had their opportunities to put the puck in the net. At times, both goaltenders have been solid. Ferris, as is generally the case, has a major edge in terms of shots (19-9), but the scoreboard is still showing a 1-1 tie.

Can't Kill This ... Ferris Ties Score

Scott Wietecha, back from an injury, broke Nebraska-Omaha's heart ... just 23 seconds away from killing off a penalty. His slapshot, at 9:30 and from blueline territory, tied the score at 1-1 (off assists from Brendan Connolly and Zach Redmond).

The Student Section Is Beginning To Fill Up ...

But, it's still not a great crowd considering the magnitude of this matchup between the Bulldogs and a good Mavericks squad. But, the students who are here have brought their spirit to try and do their best to heat things up on an otherwise cold Michigan night.

Power Play Lifts Mavericks To Early Lead

Ferris' first penalty of the night proved to be a costly one as the Mavericks drew first blood as Nick Von Bokern scored off assists from John Kem and Alex Hudson five minutes into the game (at 4:23).

Not A Large Crowd So Far

But, it's still early and we're about five minutes away from the game getting started as we're now preparing for the pregame introductions from public address announcer at Ewigleben Ice Arena, Jason DaDay.

Who Else Is Playing Tonight?

Here are this evening's other Central Collegiate Hockey Association games taking place in venues:
  • Ohio State at Alaska
  • Michigan State at Lake Superior State
  • Bowling Green State at Miami
  • Michigan at Notre Dame
  • Northern Michigan at Western Michigan
Comments: Ohio State and Alaska is a battle of two of the top four teams in the conference and should be interesting as the Buckeyes are up in Alaska looking to steal some points. The Spartans are in last place in the league trying to climb out of the basement (and overcome some turmoil including a troubling incident that led to the suspensions of two of its players following a game against rival Michigan) against a solid Lake Superior squad. Michigan is going to battle against first-place Notre Dame in what should be a great series in Indiana that a lot of people will have their eyes on. Northern and Western are teams trying to creep up in the standings behind schools like Ferris.

How they stack up in the CCHA

Currently, Ferris is in sole possession of seventh place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings with a total of 17 points. Nebraska-Omaha is in a three-way tie for fourth place in the league with Ohio State and Michigan as all three teams have 24 points.

The Captains Have Met With Game Officials

The captains of both teams (Cody Chupp of Ferris and Mark Bernier of Nebraska-Omaha) have met with the officiating crew. Tonight's officials are referees Dan Brown and Mark Wilkins and linesmen Paul Rigby and Brian Troester.

Bulldogs Vs. Mavericks

We're Under 40 Minutes Until Game Time

Both the Ferris and Nebraska-Omaha hockey teams are on the ice and beginning their warm-up routines inside Ewigleben Ice Arena.

Next Live Blogging Event Is Tonight

College Hockey: Ferris State University vs. University of Nebraska Omaha

BIG RAPIDS - Tonight, the Ferris State University ice hockey team is hosting the University of Nebraska-Omaha at 7:05 p.m. in Ewigleben Ice Arena.

The Bulldogs and Mavericks are rivals in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) and eager to climb the ladder up the standings in one of the nation's top NCAA Division I conferences for college hockey.

Ferris is coming off a bye week and was most recently was in action two weeks ago when it hosted an Ohio State team that was one of the hottest squads in the nation at the time.

Ferris enters this series with a record of 10-11-5 overall and 7-8-3-0 in the CCHA standings while Nebraska-Omaha enters this two-game set with a record of 13-9-5 overall and 8-7-5-3 in the league.