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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Bulldogs ousted twice by Alaska

By Tom Morelli/Ferris State Beat Writer

Ferris State suffered their first sweep of the season at the hands of Alaska over the weekend, despite outshooting the Nanooks in both contests.

Friday night’s match-up had the Bulldogs ahead by a 2-1 midway through the third period, but a defensive lapse within a four-minute stretch proved to be their downfall.

Alaska’s late-game terror began on the power-play when Ryan Hohl took advantage of a hooking call on Ferris State’s Aaron Lewicki to tie things up at the 9:14 mark. This was the second lamp-lighter for Hohl, who beat goaltender Taylor Nelson in the second period.

The Nanooks took control of the game with 13:26 gone by, when Adam Naglich scored an unassisted marker that turned out to be the game-winner.

Lewicki had put Ferris State on the board in the opening minute of the game with help from linemates Brendan Connolly and Justin Lewandowski.

With 6:56 gone by in the third period, the Bulldogs converted with the man-advantage when Zach Redmond and Justin Menke set-up a Scott Wietcha goal.

Nelson racked-up 18 saves, while Chad Johnson finished with 39.

Alaska put together another clutch performance in the final period the following night, but didn’t have to worry about playing-from-behind this time.

In the opening minute of the third, Justin Brossman took a pass from Derek Klassen and Scott Enders that beat netminder Pat Nagle.

With his team behind by a 1-0 margin, Ferris State head coach Bob Daniels took a gamble by pulling Nagle late in the game, but his gamble proved disastrous as Klassen scored an empty-netter with just 11 seconds left in regulation.

Johnson’s shutout earned him first-star honors, to go along with a 30 save performance and his second win in as many nights.

In his ninth start of the season, Nagle made 25 stops.

With the pair of losses, the Bulldogs drop to 5-6-3 overall and are 4-4-2 in the CCHA. Ferris State looks to improve upon that record when they travel to Marquette for a two-game set against Northern Michigan this Friday and Saturday. The opening face-off for both contests is scheduled for 7:35 pm.

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