Article by Bob Hendrickson
The long trip home from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Big Rapids became even longer for Ferris State as the Alaska Nanooks swept the Bulldogs by 2-1 and 4-2 scores in their Friday-Saturday series played in the 49th state last weekend.
On Friday, Kyle Greentree scored during a two-man advantage with 4:21 remaining in a tight game to give the Nanooks a 2-1 victory.
Alaska took a 1-0 lead at 4:38 of the second period on a Brandon Gawryletz goal as he beat Bulldog netminder Mitch O'Keefe on a breakaway after coming out of the penalty box.
Ferris knotted the score at 1-1 on a goal by defenseman Jim Jorgensen assisted by Justin Lewandowski and Brendan Connolly at 17:04 of the third period.
The Bulldogs outshot the Nanooks, 29-23.
The Nanooks completed their sweep Saturday as they jumped out to a three-goal lead before defenseman Joe Van Culin scored during a Bulldog two-man advantage with 4:12 remaining in the third period. Chris Zarb and Zac Pearson got the assists.
With 2:32 remaining in the contest, Lewandowski scored an even-strength goal on assists by Matt Frank and Connolly to narrow the gap to 3-2, but Alaska got an empty-net goal with 11 seconds to play. The Bulldogs were only able to convert on one of 14 power-play chances during the two-game set.
The Bulldogs (3-5-0, 1-3-0 CCHA) next take on the Michigan State Spartans next Tuesday in East Lansing before hosting MSU on Friday, November 10 in Big Rapids.