If shots-on-goal translated into victories, the Ferris State Bulldogs would be ranked in the nation's top ten. But they don't, and despite winning the shots-on-goal battle in three of their last four games, and tying the fourth, the Bulldogs have scored only five goals in those four games.
Last Tuesday, the Bulldogs rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the third period to earn a hard fought 2-2 tie with the highly-ranked Michigan State Spartans at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing.
Defenseman and junior captain Adam Welch netted his first goal of the year on a pass from Eric Vesely at 13:58 of the third period to narrow the gap to one and senior Zac Pearson tied the game less than two minutes later on assists from forward Dan Riedel and defensemen Chris Zarb. The Bulldogs outshot the Spartans, 31-22.
Friday night the two teams faced off in Big Rapids and the Spartans scored two goals in each period as goalie Jeff Lerg stopped all 35 Bulldog shots in shutting out the Bulldogs as Michigan State skated to a 6-0 win. The boys in green got goals from Chris Mueller and Tim Kennedy in the first period, Mike Ratchuk and Bryan Lerg in the second and finished with Lerg's second of the night and a Matt Schepke goal in the third.
The Bulldogs (3-6-1, 1-4-1 CCHA) host the Michigan Wolverines in a tw0-game set this Friday and Saturday in Big Rapids. The Spartans (5-2-1, 3-2-1 CCHA) are at Notre Dame on Friday and host the Fighting Irish in East Lansing on Saturday.