By Tom Morelli/Ferris State Beat Writer
Ferris State began the 2010-2011 season with a 4-1 win over Alabama-Huntsville, only to lose a 4-2 affair the following night.
On Friday, the Bulldogs converted on 2 of 5 power-play opportunities, beginning with defenseman Chad Billins' goal at 6:26 in the second period.
Though the Chargers' Sebastian Geoffrian answered back three minutes later, Ferris State would respond with a trio of goals in the final stanza. Billins scored the game-winner on the man-advantage, with sophomores Matthew Kirzinger and Travis Ouellette being credited with the assists. Captain Zach Redmond netted an insurance goal at 10:35, followed by an empty-netter from senior winger Mike Embach with seven seconds left.
Earning the decision for the Bulldogs was senior Pat Nagle, who had 11 saves, compared to Clarke Saunders’ 34.
Alabama-Huntsville scored the first two goals in Saturday’s game, beginning with a power-play marker by Nickolas Gatt less than a minute in. The Chargers would later add to their lead at 9:58 on a lamp-lighter by Mac Roy.
Junior Jordie Johnston scored on the man-advantage with a little over five minutes elapsed in the second to help cut Ferris State’s deficit in half. Senior Nate Hennig tied the game at 13:59 by finishing of a pass from freshman Andy Huff.
With 19 seconds remaining in the frame, Curtis deBruyn scored the game-winning goal for Alabama-Huntsville by beating goaltender Taylor Nelson.
Roy would notch his second marker of the night at 3:57 in the third.
Saunders held a 30-20 advantage in saves over Nelson.
The Bulldogs (1-1 overall) continue with their non-conference schedule this Friday and Saturday when they play host to St. Lawrence University.