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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Bulldogs sweep St. Lawrence

By Tom Morelli/Ferris State Beat Writer

Ferris State used home-ice to their advantage over the weekend by winning a pair of games against St. Lawrence.

Sophomore Matthew Kirzinger put the Bulldogs up early in Friday’s game, scoring at 2:29 of the opening period. Linemates Cory Kane and Garrett Thompson both netted assists on the play.

The Saints would even-up the score toward the end of the period on a goal by Jacob Drewsiske.

Kane would notch his first collegiate goal in the second period, thanks to some crafty work in the Bulldogs’ defensive zone by Thompson. After shielding the puck away from St. Lawrence, Thompson sent the puck up-ice to Kane for the go-ahead goal at 6:12.

Senior Nate Hennig scored the game-winner just two minutes into the third, with defenseman Derek Graham garnering a helper on that play.

Despite a goal by Nick Pitsikoulis shortly thereafter to make it a 3-2 game, Thompson would seal the deal for Ferris State with 5:26 remaining.

Senior goaltender Pat Nagle held a slight advantage in saves over Matt Weninger, 21-20.

The Bulldogs strung together another worthy performance the following night by taking a 3-0 decision.

Captain Zach Redmond broke the deadlock at 12:20 in the first by ripping a shot from the right circle that snuck past Weninger.

Less than two minutes into the middle stanza, Hennig scored his third goal in as many games on a wraparound.

A slashing call on St. Lawrence later in the period would prove costly, as Graham helped Ferris State convert on the power-play by scoring from just inside the blueline.

Nagle finished with 26 stops in the shutout, while Joe Spadaccini and Wenninger combined for 31.

The Bulldogs (3-1) will remain at home this weekend as they begin their CCHA schedule with a pair of games against Ohio State.

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