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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Bulldogs split series with BGSU

By Tom Morelli/Ferris State Beat Writer

Ferris State (12-13-7, 9-10-5-2 CCHA) continues to hover around the .500 mark after splitting a series with Bowling Green on the road last weekend.

Friday night belonged to the Bulldogs, who earned a 3-2 decision over the Falcons with a hard-fought effort in the final period.

Following a Jordie Johnston goal in the closing moments of the middle stanza, Bowling Green’s Brandon Svedsen scored the equalizer just 30 seconds into the third.

The Bulldogs didn’t regain control of the scoreboard until the halfway point of the period. At the 10:15 mark, juniors Blair Riley and Matt Case helped set-up winger Todd Pococke for his first goal of the season.

Svedsen took advantage of a power-play opportunity a couple minutes later to beat goaltender Pat Nagle for his second marker on the night.

With less than six minutes remaining, defenseman Scott Wietecha (pictured) notched the game-winning goal, with Zach Redmond and Justin Menke being credited for the helpers.

Nagle put together a 34 save performance, while Falcons’ netminder Jimmy Spratt had 25 stops.

Bowling Green rebounded from their loss the following night, scoring in every period en route to a 3-1 win.

The Falcons were first to score, as James Perkin beat goaltender Taylor Nelson on a play set-up by Todd McIlrath and Kyle Page.

In the ensuing period, McIlrath and Page earned helpers once again, this time on an insurance goal by Wade Finegan.

Ferris State broke their scoring drought 23 seconds later, thanks to an Aaron Lewicki goal that came courtesy of Corey Courtier.

The Bulldogs’ chances of mounting a comeback were put to rest when Tommy Dee extended Bowling Green’s lead with 5:52 left in regulation off a pass from Patrick Tiesling.

Spratt held the advantage in saves with 26, compared to Nelson’s 19.

Ferris State will make the trek out west this weekend for a series with Alaska, who swept the Bulldogs back in November. Friday’s puck-drop is scheduled for 11:05 p.m., while the second game of the series can be seen live on Comcast Television at 9:05 p.m. the following night.

Photo courtesy of Ferris State Athletics

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