By Tom Morelli/Ferris State Beat Writer
Ferris State lost 3-2 in the opening round of the Mariucci Classic against Bemidji State, only to skate to a 2-2 tie against host Minnesota the following night.
The Bulldogs found themselves playing catch-up on Friday night, as they went into the third period down by a 2-0 margin. Just 1:44 into the final frame, junior winger Aaron Schmit broke Ferris State's scoring drought with his second marker of the campaign. Earning helpers on the play were linemate Derek Graham and defenseman Scott Czarnowczan.
Over a minute later however, the Beavers' Drew Fisher would respond with the game-winning goal.
With two minutes remaining, junior forward Jordie Johnston narrowed the deficit to one by sneaking the puck past Bemidji State goaltender Dan Bakala.
Bakala racked-up 35 saves, while Taylor Nelson recorded 19.
In the consolation game, the Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the opening frame when sophomore Matthew Kirzinger scored on the power-play with 4:09 elapsed.
Toward the end of the period, Minnesota got on the scoreboard when Jake Hansen knocked-in a rebound on Ferris State netminder Pat Nagle.
Senior defenseman Brett Wysopal restored the Bulldogs' lead at 16:28 in the second by beating the Golden Gophers' Kent Patterson with a wrist shot from the left circle.
On Minnesota's first power-play advantage of the third period, Jay Barriball redirected Hansen's one-timer to even-up the score.
After a scoreless overtime, the game officials decided not to hold a shootout to determine a winner, much to the dismay of all those in attendance.
Nagle held a 32-27 edge in saves over Patterson.
Wysopal was the only Ferris State representative on the six-member Mariucci Classic All-Tournament Team (formerly the Dodge Holiday Classic).
The Bulldogs (9-8-3 overall) will resume their CCHA schedule this weekend with a pair of road games against Bowling Green State.