By Tom Morelli/Ferris State Beat Writer
No. 4 ranked Michigan finished strong in their series against Ferris State over the weekend, winning 3-2 at Yost Arena on Saturday after losing a shootout in Big Rapids the night before.
Action in Friday's game didn't pick up until late, as Bulldogs had a 1-0 lead going into the final period. Ferris State increased their lead at the midway point of the frame, when captain Zach Redmond took a pass from Chad Billins and blasted a shot past goaltender Shawn Hunwick from just inside the left faceoff circle.
The Wolverines would answer back a little over a minute later, as Jacob Fallon notched his first marker of the campaign by bouncing the puck off a Ferris State player and into the net. Looking for the equalizer, U-M head coach Red Berenson pulled Hunwick in the final minute of the game in favor of an extra attacker. With 13 seconds remaining, the Wolverines were able to force overtime, courtesy of David Wohlberg.
After a scoreless overtime, both teams went to a shootout to decide a winner. The Bulldogs went first, as Redmond lit the lamp with a five-hole shot. Forward Carl Hagelin's attempt to give U-M the equalizer was denied by netminder Pat Nagle. Ferris State's Derek Graham and the Wolverines' Louie Caporusso participated in the second round, but neither were able to connect. Billins proceeded to give the Bulldogs' a shootout win with a backhand shot from the right side of the crease.
Nagle tallied his fourth win of the season with 28 stops, while Hunwick finished with 26.
Michigan jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the following game, with forwards Scooter Vaughan and Kevin Lynch both scoring midway through the opening stanza.
At the beginning of the second period, sophomore Kyle Bonis helped cut that lead in half by finishing off a one-timer from Travis Ouellette while on the man-advantage.
The Wolverines answered back with 6:18 elapsed, as Hagelin's shot toward the net took a bad bounce off a Bulldogs' skater.
Toward the end of the frame, Ferris State's Andy Huff tallied his first collegiate goal by knocking in a rebound from just outside the crease.
Nagle held a slight advantage in saves over Bryan Hogan, 23-22.
Michigan (4-1-3 overall, 3-0-1-2 CCHA) hits the road this weekend for a two-game set against Alaska. Both contests are slated to begin at 11:05 PM Eastern Time/7:05 PM Alaskan Time.
The Bulldogs (4-3-1 overall, 1-2-1-1 CCHA) play host to No. 1 ranked Miami University on November 5-6 with puck-drop scheduled for 7:05 PM.