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Sunday, December 10, 2006

Bulldogs continue to struggle

The scoring futility for the Ferris State Bulldog icers continued this weekend as 92 shots on goal during the two-game series against the Lake Superior State Lakers resulted in the Bulldogs generating only two goals for their efforts.

Lakers' senior goaltender Jeff Jakaitis stonewalled the Bulldogs by making 49 saves Friday night and 41 on Saturday for a .978 two-game save percentage leading to a Friday night 1-1 tie and a Saturday 4-1 Lakers victory.

Friday night's contest ended in the tie as the two teams battled for any kind of an edge. The Bulldogs got on the board 11:22 of the first on a Brendan Connolly goal with assists to Dan Riedel and Zac Pearson. The Lakers answered in the second period as Derek A. Smith lit the red light at 9:35 assisted by Josh Sim and Troy Schwab.

The Lakers had the best chances in the third period, ringing three off the pipes, and although the Bulldogs dominated the overtime, neither team could cash in for the victory.

Mitch O'Keefe made 29 saves for FSU.

Saturday it was again quality over quantity as only one of the Bulldogs' 42 shots, an unassisted power-play goal by Jeremy Scherlinck at 9:01 of the first stanza, could find its way past Jakaitis.

The Lakers evened the score at 1-1 with a goal by Jeffrey Rainville at 16:25 and went ahead 2-1 on a Dan Eves goal at 18:34 that would prove to be the game-winner.

The Lakers added to their advantage at 6:18 of the second on a power-play goal by Barnabas Birkeland and scored the final tally of the night at 16:27 on a shorthanded effort by Derek A. Smith, who boosted the Lakers (11-5-2, 6-4-2 CCHA) with a three-point evening.

O'Keefe finished with 16 stops for the Bulldogs.

After a two-week layoff, the Bulldogs (4-11-2, 2-9-2 CCHA) will next skate December 29 against Massachusetts in the first game of the Minnesota Dodge Holiday Classic in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Classic features the host and No. 1-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers and Alabama-Huntsville in the second game.

The Lakers return home to play a single game against the U.S. Under-18 Team on Saturday.

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