By Tom Morelli/Ferris State Beat Writer
Ferris State played a pair of close games at home over the weekend against fellow CCHA rival Lake Superior State beginning with a 2-1 loss on Friday night, followed by a 4-3 win on Saturday.
The Bulldogs held a 1-0 lead in the first game, which was scored by senior winger Justin Lewandowski on the power-play midway through the opening period. Garnering the assists on that goal were linemates Brendan Connolly and Aaron Lewicki.
Defenseman Matt Cowie put the Lakers back in the game while on the man-advantage at 11:19 in the second period with his first goal of the season, which came courtesy of forwards Zac MacVoy and Rick Schofield.
With just 31 seconds left in the period, Nathan Perkovich and MacVoy found and open Troy Schwab, who put the puck past goaltender Pat Nagle for the game-winner.
Getting the win between the pipes for Lake Superior State was Brian Mahoney-Wilson, who collected 33 saves.
Nagle finished with 29 saves, 13 of which came in the first period.
The Lakers wasted no time getting ahead on the scoreboard in Saturday’s match-up with Fred Cassiani finishing off a Schwab pass with just over a minute gone by in the first period.
About five minutes later, Ferris State drew even on an unassisted marker from sophomore left-winger Mike Fillinger.
Brad Cooper and Tyson Hobbins assisted on a MacVoy goal at 15:01 to make it a 2-1 game for Lake Superior State, which would be the score after the first 20 minutes of play.
The Bulldogs put together a two-goal effort in the middle stanza that gave them their first lead of the game. Forwards Blair Riley and Justin Menke set-up a power-play goal for sophomore defenseman Zach Redmond at 4:58, followed by a Riley goal from Cody Chupp and Menke with 17:28 elapsed.
Lewandowski returned the favor for Lewicki from the previous game by setting-up his game-winning goal at the 2:23 mark of the third period.
The Lakers pulled within one nearly 11 minutes later when Cooper fed the puck to MacVoy, who blasted one past Nagle.
Netminder Pat Inglis had 16 saves in his start for Lake Superior State before being replaced in the second period by Mahoney-Wilson, who snagged 19.
Nagle stopped 26 shots to improve to 2-3-1 as a starter.
Ferris State is now 3-3-2 overall and 2-1-1 in the CCHA. The Bulldogs venture to Oxford, Ohio for a Friday and Saturday night bout with the Miami Redhawks.
The Lakers look to build upon their 2-3-1 overall and 2-2-0 conference record when they play host to Bowling Green this Friday and Saturday at 7 pm.