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Sunday, January 09, 2011

Daniels earns 300th win in series sweep

By Tom Morelli/Ferris State Beat Writer

Ferris State kicked-off the new year in grand style, grabbing two wins on the road over Bowling Green to move into third-place in the CCHA standings.

The Bulldogs were able to overcome a 1-0 deficit going into the third period on Friday, scoring four unanswered goals to give head coach Bob Daniels his 300th career victory.

The barrage of scores began just three minutes into the frame, when sophomore Kyle Bonis kncoked in a rebound from the slot. Assisting on that play were defensemen Zach Redmond and Chad Billins.

At 6:31, Ferris State would earn their first lead of the contest following a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle by senior Todd Pococke that snuck past Falcons' goaltender Nick Eno.

A mere 34 seconds later, sophomore Matthew Kirzinger made it a 3-1 game thanks to a nifty set-up pass by linemate Mike Embach. After receiving a pass from Jordie Johnston, Embach carried the puck into the Bowling Green zone, where he used a backhanded pass to hit-up a wide open Kirzinger on the left side.

The Falcons pulled Eno in the final minute looking to generate some offense, but their plan would backfire as Bonis notched his second marker of the night with 18 seconds remaining.

Bulldogs' goaltender Pat Nagle held a 15-13 advantage in saves over Eno.

Ferris State pulled off another come-from-behind victory the following night, scoring three straight goals after being down by a 1-0 margin early in the opening stanza.

Redmond scored the game-tying goal just past the halfway mark of the period when his shot from the right side bounced off netminder Andrew Hammond and was accidentally pushed in by a Bowling Green defender.

With less than five minutes to go in the third, sophomore Travis Ouellette broke the 1-1 deadlock by finishing off a one-timer from senior Mike Fillinger.

Johnston padded the Bulldogs' lead with an empy-netter in the final seconds of the game.

Hammond finished with 22 stops, while Nagle had 16.

Ferris State (11-8-4 overall, 8-6-3-2 CCHA) is set to face Michigan (13-6-4 overall, 10-4-1-0) in a home-and-home series this weekend. The Bulldogs travel to Ann Arbor for Friday's contest, before returning to Big Rapids the following night for the series finale.

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