Ferris State (5-3-4, 3-1-4 CCHA) earned a win against Bemidji State (8-2-0, 3-1-0 CHA) on Friday, but gave up a lead on Saturday to split the series.
Friday's contest, a 6-1 trouncing by the Bulldogs, allowed a plethora of players to improve their statistics. Twelve different players earned points over the course of the evening.
Zac Pearson got the action started, scoring less than a minute into the contest off of an Adam Miller assist. Bemidji State evened things up later in the period, but the Bulldogs then scored five unanswered goals to seal Bemidji's fate.
In the second period, Dan Riedel (reigning CCHA Rookie of the Week) and Adam Welch set up Mark Bomersback for a power-play goal. Then, with just 12 seconds left in the period, Pearson and Chris Zarb again capitalized on an extra-man opportunity to set up Matt Verdone for the Bulldogs' third of the game.
The scoring flurry continued in the final period: Nick Scheible netted his second of the season (Corey Couturier and Joe Van Culin were credited with the assists). Couturier got a goal of his own with some help from Welch and Brendan Connolly and then Scheible set up Jim Jorgensen for a power-play goal with 20 seconds left in the game.
Bulldogs goalie Derek MacIntyre (pictured above) finished with 25 saves.
Bemidji State proved a more formidable challenge on Saturday, though not necessarily in the first period. Bomersback set up reigning CCHA Offensive Player of the Week Greg Rallo for a power-play goal at 3:27 and then Couturier scored off of a pass from Andrew Winnick to give the Bulldogs a two-goal advantage going into the second period.
Two Bemidji goals within the first five minutes of the second period tied up the game. Welch and Bomersback set up Rallo for his second power-play goal of the night to give the Bulldogs the lead before the second intermission.
Bemidji tied the game seven minutes into the third period and the Bulldogs could only generate seven shots in the last third of the game, despite a late-game power play. A heartbreaking Bemidji goal with twenty seconds remaining gave them the 4-3 win.
Mitch O'Keefe, who was awarded CCHA Goalie of the Week honors last week, finished Saturday's game with 24 saves.
Ferris travels to Mercyhurst this weekend.