by Andy Oliver / Ferris State Beat Writer
The Ferris State Bulldogs took three of four points from the visiting Wayne State Warriors at home last weekend and even got involved in some rough stuff.
In Friday night’s 6-2 FSU win, Matt Case started the scoring at 6:47 of the first period with a power-play goal. Adam Miller passed to Case at the point and he beat Wayne State goalie Brett Bothwell with a one-timer.
Ferris’ second goal of the period came at 8:04 when J.T. Dahlinger started the rush into the Wayne State zone with a pass to Casey Haines who hit Justin Menke racing to the net. Menke tipped the pass over the glove of Bothwell for his first collegiate goal.
But Wayne State came right back with their first goal of the game at 9:27 of the first period. Stavros Paskaris dumped the puck behind the Ferris goal and Ferris turned the puck over to Wayne State forward Bryan Olds, who made a quick pass from behind the net to Tylor Michel, standing all alone at the hash marks for a one-timer that beat Ferris State goalie Pat Nagle.
Aaron Lewicki scored his first goal of the season at the 18:55 mark of the first period for the Bulldogs. Corey Couturier and Adam Miller entered the Wayne State zone passing back and forth and Miller hit Lewicki going to the net. Lewicki tipped the pass through Bothwell's five hole.
FSU freshman Zach Redmond picked up his first goal of his college hockey career at 3:32 of the second period when he received a pass from Matt Frank, made a move around a Wayne State forward and beat Bothwell high blocker side.
Ferris State defenseman Jim Jorgensen scored his first goal of the season at 19:30 of the second period. Case moved the puck to Brendan Connolly who hit Jorgensen at the point for a one-timer that got through traffic and slid under Bothwell. After the goal, Michel skated through the Ferris players celebrating the goal and Case took exception to the move and the gloves came off. Both players received game disqualifications for fighting. Case’s night ended with a "Gordie Howe Hat Trick " (1 goal, 1 assist, 1 fight).
Wayne State started the third period with Kyle Funkenhauser taking over in goal. The first shot Funkenhauser would face was a penalty shot at 1:43 of the third period. A Wayne State player covered the puck in the goal crease giving a penalty shot to Miller. Funkenhauser made a nice save on Miller's deke move and the game remained in FSU’s favor.
Haines would score his first goal of the season at 7:03 of the third period. Cody Chupp made a nice pass to Haines at the side of the Wayne State net and Haines tipped it past Funkenhauser.
The Warriors scored their second goal of the game at the 14:55 mark of the third period while on a 5-on-3 power play. Derek Punches moved the puck to Ryan Bernardi, who hit Brock Meadows at the point. Meadows shot got through traffic to beat Nagle for his first NCAA tally.
Saturday night, the two teams would skate to a 2-2 stalemate.
Chupp scored the first goal of the game at 15:11 of the first period. Connolly passed the puck to Evan Case at the point, who sent a shot on net and Chupp tipped it past Funkenhauser for a power-play goal.
With only 22 seconds left in the first period, however, Wayne State scored a power-play goal of their own. Paskaris moved the puck to Jeff Caister at the point, who hit captain Mike Forgie down low for a tip in five-hole on Ferris goalie Mitch O'Keefe.
Wayne State picked up a shorthanded goal at 9:20 of the second period. Paskaris started the rush out of his own zone with a pass to Caister, setting up a 2-on-1 into the Ferris zone. Caister took the shot and O'Keefe made a pad save with the rebound going right on the stick of Caister who put the puck behind the sprawled O'Keefe.
Ferris tied up the game at 4:41 of the third period with a power-play goal from Blair Riley, his first of the season. Chupp moved the puck to Redmond at the point and Redmond's shot went wide of the Wayne State goal and came out off the boards to Riley, who put the puck in the open side of the net.
The five-minute overtime only saw one shot on net by Wayne State and a trio from Ferris to end the game in a tie.
Wayne State (0-3-1) travels to Robert Morris this weekend, while the Bulldogs (1-2-1) host Notre Dame.