By Tom Morelli/Ferris State Beat Writer
Ferris State held their own on the road against No. 8 Miami last weekend, returning home with three of a possible four points to their credit.
Friday night’s game began with a bang, as both squads scored their first goals of the opening period on the power play. The Bulldogs pulled ahead early when defenseman Scott Wietecha finished off a pass from fellow blueliner Chad Billins at the 2:44 mark. The lead was short-lived though, as the Redhawks’ Justin Mercier scored the equalizer less than three minutes later.
The ensuing frame went nearly scoreless until junior Aaron Lewicki put Ferris State back in control of the game with 31 seconds remaining for his fifth goal of the season. Helping set-up the lamp-lighter was senior Justin Lewandowski.
Miami’s Pat Cannone gave his team a second wind with his lamp-lighter at 6:29 in the third period.
Since the game was tied 2-2 after overtime, a shootout was needed to declare a winner. Cannone came up big for the Redhawks once again, as he was the only player from either team to bang one in.
Freshman goaltender Taylor Nelson held the advantage in saves with 31, compared to the 26 collected by Miami’s Cody Reichard.
An upset was in order the following night, as the Bulldogs held onto a 2-1 victory, despite some pressure from the Redhawks late the in third period.
About midway through the first period, sophomore defenseman Zach Redmond put a pass on target for Lewandowski, who slid the puck past goaltender Connor Knapp to make it a 1-0 game.
Despite being shorthanded to begin the next stanza, junior winger Casey Haines was able to fire an unassisted marker with 1:45 gone by, which proved to be the game-winner.
The possibility of netminder Pat Nagle achieving a shutout came to an end in the final period, when Miami’s Brian Kaufman scored at 12:58, courtesy of Jarod Palmer and Carter Camper.
The Redhawks pulled Knapp with just under a minute remaining to put an extra attacker on the ice, but to no avail.
Nagle improved to 3-3-1 as a starter by stopping 30 shots, while Knapp racked up 23.
Ferris State (4-3-3 overall, 3-1-2-1 CCHA) will once again play their next series away from home, this time against Nebraska-Omaha. The two-game set is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, with a puck-drop of 8 p.m. each night.