The Ferris State Bulldogs (0-4-0, 0-2-0 CCHA) dismal start to the season continued over the weekend with a pair of home conference losses against the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids.
Two unanswered Buckeye goals were the difference on Friday night as the Bulldogs lost a 4-2 contest in front of over 1,500 fans.
OSU opened the game with a pair of first power-play goals to take a 2-0 lead, but FSU stormed back on goals by Adam Miller and Zac Pearson to knot up the score after forty minutes of play.
Ohio State’s Matt Beaudoin notched the game winner in a four-on-four situation at 12:42 of the final period and JB Bittner added a empty-net power-play goal with 15 seconds left to give the visitors their first win of the season.
Mike Brown made the start in net for FSU and stopped 16 of 20 shots.
Ferris State concluded the night with an 0-11 power-play.
The Bulldogs looked to be in good shape for a win on Saturday, but fate wasn’t on their side again as they eventually fell by a final of 4-3 in overtime .
Jeff Legue got the ‘Dogs on the board with his first goal of the season the power-play early in the first period.
The Buckeyes tied it up before the end of the first period, but Derek Nesbitt added a power-play marker and Tim Vokey added an even strength tally to give the Bulldogs a commanding 3-1 lead.
OSU wasn’t done yet though as they added two more goals to tie the score at 3 and that’s where the two teams would finish in regulation.
At the 3:17 mark of the extra frame, Lee Spector fired in the game winner to give the Buckeyes the valuable early season conference sweep.
Derek MacIntyre started in net and stopped 33 of 37 shots for FSU.
The Bulldogs will search for their first win of the season as they travel to the John S. Glas Fieldhouse in Minnesota for a pair of non-conference games with the CHA’s Bemidji State Beavers over the weekend.
Broncos Split Conference Opener at Lawson
The Western Michigan Broncos (1-1-0, 1-1-0 CCHA) started the CCHA season with a win and loss against the Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks in Kalamazoo.
Senior Pat Dwyer scored a pair of third period goals to lead the Broncos to a 5-4 win in the opener at the Lawson Arena on Friday night. Junior winger Brent Walton also added a pair of goals and freshman blueliner Jonathan Lupa scored another for WMU.
Freshman Daniel Bellissimo made his first collegiate start in net and stopped 32 of 36 shots for the victory.
Walton picked up where he left off on Saturday, scoring a pair of goal again, but it wasn’t enough as the Broncos fell to the Nanooks, 5-3. Junior winger Daryl Moore scored the other goal for the home team.
Bellissimo got the start again between the pipes and turned away 19 of 23 shots in a losing effort.
The Broncos will head out of town next weekend for a pair of games against conference rival Nebraska-Omaha at the Qwest Center.