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Sunday, October 04, 2009

Bulldogs lack bite in scrimmage

By Tom Morelli/Ferris State Beat Writer

As the old adage goes, expect the unexpected.

That’s what Ferris State failed to recognize in their exhibition, as they came out on the losing end of a 3-1 margin against Wilfrid Laurer.

Having lost the previous night to Bowling Green, the Golden Hawks went after the Bulldogs with a vengeance. Less than four minutes into the game, Wilfrid Laurer’s Chad Kennedy blasted the puck from just inside the blue-line to beat senior goaltender Jordan Barber. The Golden Hawks struck again later in the period, when Jean-Michel Rizk scored from the right faceoff circle.

Junior Pat Nagle relieved Barber of his duties in the following stanza, but was still unable to halt the Wilfrid Laurer offense. With 8:38 elapsed, Ryan Bellows beat Nagle’s glove thanks to a nifty set-up by Jeff Burrows and ex-Wayne State skater Jordan Bonneville.

Three minutes later, Ferris State broke their scoring drought when defenseman Zach Redmond set-up a one-timer to fellow blue-liner Chad Billins.

Barber had a team-high nine saves, followed by Nagle’s eight. Sophomore Taylor Nelson saw playing time in the third period, where he made six stops.

The Bulldogs begin their season this Friday when they travel to Canisius for a two-game series, with puck-drop scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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